The day a Buddhist monk showed up for discipleship training


By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

Blessings Stephen rev 696x393 smallerYANGON, MYANMAR (March 16, 2018) — Brother Stephen facilitates a three-month discipleship training program in Myanmar, launched with the help of Global Disciples.

One day he was shocked when the most unlikely person arrived and expressed interest in the Christ-centered training – a Buddhist monk.

“He is a very wonderful man to the people of Myanmar,” Brother Stephen says. “He tried to come in my training.”

Surprisingly, before the monk arrived, he tried reading the Bible for himself, but had trouble discerning its meaning.

“I know this Bible is only for Christians,” the monk told Brother Stephen. “But I read it, and I don’t understand,” he said.

“Yes, if you are not a spiritual man you can not understand this. This is the Word of God. God spoke into it. You must be born again and you must receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Then you will understand it,” Brother Stephen explained.

Monk Buddhist2rev smaller“Yes…I want to understand it. I want to know more about the Bible and Jesus Christ.”

The monk agreed to join the discipleship training. After a time of further instruction in God’s Word the monk’s heart began to open, but he still wrestled with many questions.

He came to Brother Stephen once again and expressed his apprehensions.

“Your god is not the true God,” Brother Stephen said boldly. “Jesus said, ‘I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through me.’ You must repent and receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Then you will understand and receive riches from your Heavenly Father.”


Mark EllisAbout the writer: Mark Ellis is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (, and is also the founder of, a website that shares testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest and involvement in world missions. Previously, Mark co-hosted a TV show called “Windows on the World” with ANS Founder, Dan Wooding, aired on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (, which is now co-hosted by Dr. Garry Ansdell, Senior Pastor of Hosanna Christian Fellowship in Bellflower, California. 

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