She was standing alone on the side of the road in the remote hills of Myanmar. Pastor Isaiah and Moe Aung decided to stop and offer her a ride to the next village. Once she was in the vehicle, they began to engage her in conversation. Her name was Ma Thida.
Ma Thida happened to be from the same people group as Moe Aung, so he began to speak to her in their language. Immediately a new level of trust was established. “My village has only an elementary school,” Ma Thida shared. “So I have to travel to the next village to attend high school.”
As the conversation turned to matters of faith, Ma Thida confided that she had once heard the Gospel at a small church close to the school. The message of Jesus had touched her heart, and she had given her life to Christ. But, being the only believer in her family, she had been ridiculed and rejected. Ma Thida felt very alone. “Pastor,” she asked earnestly, “could you share the Gospel with my family?”
Isaiah sensed the Spirit of God in her request. At that moment, Ma Thida was looking out of the car window and she commented that the pastor who had first discipled her lived close by. Isaiah felt compelled to stop and seek him out. Ma Thida excitedly went with them, and when they at last found the man, Isaiah arranged with him to have an evangelistic meeting when they came back to the village in a few weeks.
Word spread that they were coming back. By the time the meeting occurred, over eighty people came from the surrounding communities, some walking up to three hours to hear Pastor Isaiah’s message. That day, thirty people surrendered their lives to Jesus.
After everyone had prayed, Isaiah then shared the story of the girl he had met hitchhiking, and how because of Ma Thida’s desire to have her family hear the Gospel, they had come to this village. Suddenly, two men sitting in the front row spoke up. It was Ma Thida’s father and her uncle, and they had just received Christ as their Savior!
Ma Thida is no longer the only believer in her family. What started out as a kind gesture to one lonely hitchhiker led to a new church planting partnership in Myanmar.