Pastor Peter Lwin grew up in Myanmar and migrated to America after grade school. Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been plagued by civil wars and religious persecution for decades. Then, in 2020 there was a military coup that upended the country’s democratic elections.
Many of the young people at Calvary Burmese Church had a loose connection to their family’s culture and homeland. Both literally and figuratively, the generations didn’t speak the same language.
Pastor Peter is a Youth Pastor. He shares about the challenges in bridging that gap, the grace needed to do so and how the young people have stepped up to advocate for Myanmar.
What You’ll Learn:
- About some of Myanmar’s culture and history
- How one ethnic church is able to reach 3rd generation youth
- How some young people are advocating for Myanmar
About the Guest:
Pastor Peter Lwin came to America with his mother and brother when he was eleven years old. But, he grew up in Myanmar going to church with his grandparents and cousins.
Most of his teenage years, he was in and out of church. But in his 20’s, he fully committed his life to Christ and answered God’s call to the ministry.
He is joined in ministry by his wife and two sons. For the past 10 years, he has served as the Youth Pastor at Calvary Burmese Church in Washington D.C. Recently, he has also been tapped to serve as an Associate Pastor.
Scripture Related to Episode:
Links Related to Episode:
2:13 – About Myanmar
3:55 – What’s Happening in Myanmar?
8:13 – The Coup’s Impact on the Congregation
10:23 – What Can We Do during a Global Pandemic?
11:28 – Why Are We Safe, While Others Are in Danger?
12:26 – Partnering with the Myanmar Community in America
16:00 – Challenges of a Youth Pastor in an Ethnic Congregation
17:03 – Literally and Figuratively, Not Speaking the Same Language
19:21 – What Does the Immigrant Church Offer Young People?
19:48 – Role of Sunday School Teachers in an Ethnic Congregation
21:32 – Bridging the Generational Gap
27:01 – Three Myths about Youth Pastors
29:31 – Misconceptions about Ethnic Churches
30:50 – Ministering to Refugees in the Local Church
34:49 – What Christians Need to Know about Myanmar
37:45 – Ministry Challenges in Myanmar
39:54- Learning More About Helping Myanmar
40:56- The Burma Bill, 2021 and the US Legislature