President Akin of Emmaus Bible Institute in Yangon
2015-02-07 Hope Mission
Today was the first day of the medical clinic at Hope Mission. We we greeted by the 40 children of the orphanage with bouquets of flower and smiles. Our team quickly set up shop and began triaging patients. We saw 78 patients. I worke mostly in triage taking temperatures and blood pressures. We were able to get reacquainted with Josiah, Phoebe, Simon, Sweet, and Akin. Each one is a disciple of Jesus Christ. Each one sacrifices for our Lord. Each one touches our lives.
Akin showed us Emmaus Bible Institute. He is this president of the college. This week they graduated 68 students prepared for the Lord’s harvest. I am inspired by these industrious entrepreneurs for the cause of Christ. We also saw ma small chicken farm as they do business as mission.
Today, I watched Tom Moen, Glocal Outreach Pastor at Mountain Christian Church connect with the children of the orphanage. He did magic tricks, tried to learn some Burmese, and just talked. He was like a a pied piper. What an example of let the little children come to me.
Worship of Idols at Shwedagon Pagoda
Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain?
Do the skies themselves send down showers?
No, it is you, O Lord our God.
Therefore our hope is in you,
for you are the one who does all this. (Jeremiah 13:22).
Why go to Myanmar? to bring the message of Jesus Christ who is our hope to those who those who live for idols that are powerless and worthless.
Today we prepared for tomorrow our first day of medical clinics. please pray for my preparation for Sunday’s sermon and for a successful clinic tomorrow.
2015-02-05 Yangon, Myanmar
Just landed, through custom and on our way to our hotel. It’s been 27.5 hours since I left my home in New Lenox. One van, two planes, and one bus. It’s 11:15 pm as I write this from the back of our bus. It’s hot and humid here. My body is tired yet my mind races as I think about what God has in store for us. How will I encounter God here? How will God use me in spite of all the language and cultural barriers? Tonight I hope is a night of recovery where this old man will dream dreams (Joel 2). It is my prayer that God will speak to me and that I discern God’s voice and follow His lead. Hours
Today is the day we take off from O’Hare. This should be about 14.5 hours in the air. Pray that we will sleep on this leg of our flight so that we can get adjusted to Myanmar time. God is able!
In just about 12 hours I will be leaving the “comfort” of the familiar and the cold of Chicagoland to return to Myanmar, the Land of the Golden Darkness. Myanmar is a beautiful country with beautiful and peaceful people. In many ways it is the Golden Land. It is rich in gold and precious stones. But, the darkness of idol worship abounds there. Buddhism dominates the culture while materialism rises. They seem to be trading the idol of the Buddha for the idol of money.
I am going with a team of followers of Jesus Christ to bring the Light that shines in the darkness. Our team of volunteers come together under the banner of Jesus and organized by the Fellowship Associate of Medical Evangelism. We will come bringing the Light of physical healing, the Word of God, and encouragement to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Please pray the God will use us for His glory!