In 2003, Pastor Benjamin completed missionary training school, received his Bachelors of Theology degree, and began ministry with his wife. Because the military junta, which governs the country, prohibits public gatherings of more than five people, ministry is difficult. The couple’s strong desire for people to come to a saving knowledge of Christ drives them to continue ministry. Under the leadership of Pastor Benjamin, the church is growing and people are coming to know Jesus.
The ministry has begun to operate a farm as a means of generating income. Currently, they have a pig farm and also cultivate a 12-acre paddy of rice. This allows them to sell some of the products, but also provides food for the many people that are supported by the ministry.
Church services in Myanmar are held in homes due to the prohibition of public gatherings. In an area outside of Yangon, home churches meet under the leadership of men that serve as pastors of these home fellowships.
The ministry has evolved over time to include the care of children. Nearly 125 children are currently being supported through Fellowship Bible Church. Some of them live in a rented house near Pastor Benjamin, others live among the homes of congregation members. These families are provided with assistance from FBC in the form of food and school fees for the children.
In 2010, Fellowship Bible Church started Myanmar Bible College with a class of 13 students. These students complete a 4-year curriculum which prepares them to plant churches and begin ministry on their own. The first graduating class will be completing their studies in the summer of 2014 and new students are enrolling each year.