Myanmar Church Planting Mission (MCPM) was birthed out of a love for the Myanmar people. It started when our first President, Wee Tiong Howe, was led by the Holy Spirit to sponsor a pastor to the Philippines to do his Masters in Missiology in 1988. After graduation, the pastor and his family spent a year in the Christ for Thailand Institute, after which they returned to Myanmar with the calling to train Myanmar nationals to be church planters, witnesses and disciple makers in obedience to the Great Commission.
Myanmar, fondly known as a land of a thousand pagodas, has a population of 51.4 million based on a 2014 census. It has a total of 135 people groups of which seven are major people groups and 92 are un-reached people groups. It is a country rich in jade, gems, oil, natural gas and other mineral resources. Four years after the pastor returned to Myanmar, MCPM celebrated the completion and commissioning of its facilities on 2 November 1996.
Soon after, in August 1997, The House of Praise Bible Institute started. From August 1997 till February 2014, 202 students have graduated from the Bible Institute which offers short-term Diploma courses to four year Bsc. Theology and and Bsc. Ministry courses.
Our graduates are involved in planting churches, serving
as senior and associate pastors, and evangelism. Some have started local outreach organisations, while others are heading children's and care ministries. Two hostels were added with a capacity to house 50 students. The Bible Institute's distinctive is its evangelism training and hands-on student participation. This effort led to the planting of the House of Praise (HOP) Church and House of Praise Clinic that gives free medical consultation and help to the community.
Bible students also engage in village evangelism and children's work as part of their bible school training. We praise God that more than 1,600 souls have come to Christ. MCPM was also involved in rebuilding efforts for victims of natural disasters such as Cyclone Nargis.
Since July 2013, the HOP Bible Institute has started training
Church planters using the eight-month CPI Modular Programme. Many of our trainees include bible graduates and those already serving in the field. 43 students have since graduated, with another 40 students enrolled for the 2015/16 programme.
We praise and thank God for sustaining our work and giving us a
good partnership with St Hilda's Church in Singapore.