After a unanimous vote of the Church in Conference, we are pleased to enter into a covenant agreement with The Matupi Christian Baptist Church for use of the Chapel for worship on Sunday afternoons and a classroom for children’s language classes on Saturday mornings. We are pleased to welcome our Burmese neighbors from the Matupi tribe who have settled in our area as refugees from war in the Chin State, Myanmar.
On Sunday, October 2nd, Pastor Born and members of the Matupi congregation will join us in our 11:00 a.m. worship service to participate in World Communion Sunday and celebrate their first day of worship at Smoke Rise Baptist under the new covenant agreement. Before fleeing war in the Chin State, Pastor Born completed a course of seminary studies in Myanmar.
Pastor Born and other Matupi congregants were affiliated with the Chin Baptist Convention in Myanmar, the largest Burmese Baptist association of its kind. It has been difficult for the Matupi congregation to be so far away from its support network in Myanmar. Pastor Born and representatives of the Matupi Church Board have expressed their gratitude and enthusiasm for the new relationship with Smoke Rise Baptist Church. The Matupi congregation also receives support from the Metro Baptist Association in Atlanta, and we are grateful to Joel Harrison’s leadership in bringing the need of our Matupi neighbors to our attention.
Please pray for the Spirit’s leadership and blessing on our new covenant agreement with the Matupi Christian Baptist Church and for the Matupi people as they are still learning what it means to follow Christ in a new place and culture. If you are interested in serving on the SRBC liaison team to the Matupi congregation, please contact Rev. Bart McNiel, Associate Pastor.