Tis Done in Myanmar This Year

Louis Rushmore & Damon Vincent

Louis Rushmore & Damon Vincent

This Friday, October 16, 2015 I am winding up my three-week stint in Myanmar. Tomorrow afternoon I wing my way first to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After a three-hour trip to there and a three-hour layover, Lord willing, I will continue onward for three and a half hours to Colombo, Sri Lanka; I should arrive there five minutes before midnight. I will not get to bed down until the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Wednesday of this week I once more was ferried to the jungle neighborhood home of brother Kyaw Sein, whereupon I taught “The Deity of Christ” to a number who had gathered there. That afternoon about a mile away as a drunken crow might fly through the jungle, I taught the same lesson at the Hmawbi Bible School. Thursday morning at the Sein residence, I taught “The Ministry of Angels,” and that afternoon at the school, we dabbled in the basics of English and an introduction to Greek. Friday, at brother Sein’s home we studied “The Ascension of Jesus Christ” and “Pain and Suffering,” while at the school in the afternoon, we considered “The Ministry of Angels.”

Thursday at the end of the day, we took picture after picture with camera and camera phone after camera and camera phone. We took multiple group photographs of the assembled teachers and students, plus innumerable quick shots of various ones with brother Damon Vincent and me.

Friday before we could depart, brother Damon and I were amply appreciated in a prolonged speech and subsequent translation. Then, with the beautiful and harmonious Burmese voices I have always adored they all sang us goodbye.

Sheila, Louis, Winsome

Sheila, Louis, Winsome

For supper, I persuaded sisters Winsome and Sheila, our mother-daughter hosts for dinner meals, to have our annual Asian-American meal in their home where we eat together instead of eating while they serve and administer the meal to us. This year, we didn’t buy any pasta, but we purchased milk and processed cheese out of which I made a cheese sauce that we stirred into the white rice. That’s all it takes to alter the polite custom enough to have these dear ones join us, and still, Winsome was like a butterfly flitting here and there seeing to our every perceived need.

It was good for me to be here, and I hope that my presence these three weeks has resulted in glorifying God first, and secondly in edifying those with whom I came in contact. Over the last few days, I have heard so many firsthand accounts of how over the generations precious souls came to become Christians in Myanmar. Today, I learned of a brother who back in 2008 attended the Hmawbi Bible School while he was a Baptist preacher. He was angry, he said, when he heard about the divine organization of the Lord’s church and how denominational organization was incorrect. However, he came to realize the difference between the ways of mankind and the divinely authorized organization of the church of the Bible. He became a Christian in 2008 in the second session that year, and he is an active Gospel preacher now. Nearly a third of the students this year are Baptists, and we hope that they have been favorably impressed with the Word of God; they voluntarily came a long way deliberately to devote five weeks of their lives to studying the Scriptures with us.

The Burmese brethren, representing a number of tribes within Myanmar, haven’t and don’t always get along. Of course, that wouldn’t happen in America among our brethren, or would it? I am happy to say that this year it is clear to see that Christian brethren are working wonderfully well together and cooperating with each other for the furtherance of the Gospel of Christ and the extension of the Lord’s kingdom. It would be difficult to find Christian brethren anywhere in the world who are more evangelistic than these dear ones in Burma, despite the hindrance of being in a decidedly Buddhist nation, which is sometimes hostile toward non-Buddhist religions. I could not be more proud of my brethren and Christian friends here. Thank you, those of you responsible for me being here, for allowing me to serve in this wonderful, fertile field of labor.

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One Comment on “Tis Done in Myanmar This Year”

  1. How does a “drunken crow” fly?

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