By the time Htin Khin was 20, he was a spiritual leader over a village of about 500 families. Because he was so well-versed in the practices and beliefs of their traditional religion, all the villagers obeyed what he said. They willingly gave him food, donated their precious items to Htin Khin and even began worshiping him as a god.
Throughout the years, Htin Khin discipled 400 young men in the ways of his religion. He built 20 other religious institutions and trained many children, just as he had been trained, to practice their faith.
Not once did Htin Khin ever hear about Jesus—not until he was 41 years old.
One day, Htin Khin met Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported pastor Tamkinat, who had begun ministering in a nearby village.
“Do you know about Jesus Christ?” Pastor Tamkinat asked.
“I do not know who Jesus is,” Htin Khin replied.
Pastor Tamkinat then told him about Christ and explained the differences between Christianity and the religion Htin Khin had devoted his life to. Because Pastor Tamkinat had grown up following the same religion Htin Khin did, he knew how to help the religious teacher understand the truth about Jesus.
After listening to Pastor Tamkinat, Htin Khin decided he wanted to learn more. The two men developed a friendship, and the pastor was able to share from God’s living Word. Htin Khin even attended a four-day Christian conference where he came to fully understand that Jesus is the Savior.
After the conference, Htin Khin made a bold declaration to forsake his life as a revered religious teacher and follow in the footsteps of Christ. Even though the villagers weren’t happy with his decision, Htin Khin regularly prays to the Lord for His guidance and protection.