International Ministries

A day of sharing and rest

July 5, 2008 Journal
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July 6, 2008

Today was a pretty relaxing day for the team. However today was a little different from the rest of our days here because we had to split up the team, so that we could spread "the love" to three different churches that are in the refugee camp. Igna, Raphael, and I went to a church by the Bible school that we are staying at. Duane, David, and Karen went to one church in the camp, and then Amber, Mike, Jayme, and Abigail went to another church inside the camp. Today was also nice because church did not start until 11 o'clock so we were all able to sleep in a little bit, and catch up on some much needed sleep.

The church that Igna, Raphael, and I went to was huge. I would guess there were around 200 or more people in the congregation, which made it even more nerve wracking to be the one giving the sermon this morning. Not to mention I did not speak their language and I was hoping that everything I said would be easily translated to Karen. Looking back at the service everything seemed to go really well. The sermon went really smooth and then Igna did a solo with Raphael accompanying her on the piano for the offering which was absolutely beautiful. Raphael did such a good job playing the piano that members of the congregation afterwards came up and asked him for lessons on the piano.

After service we were invited to go and see one of the professor's houses at the Bible School, Thra Wha Do, where we had the chance to get to know him a little better. He is their professor of Theology here at the Bible School, and his story is full of perseverance and strength. He has lived here in the camp for around 15 years separated from his family in Burma who have been chased by the Burmese forces. However, amongst all of this he has managed to get his Masters in Divinity and is currently working on his doctorate with a seminary in Bangkok. He is also organizing relief efforts that brings food to Karens affected by Cyclone Nargis. The more I listened to his story and what he was telling us the more I was inspired to do more with my life seeing how much one person really can do to make a difference. It truly was a privilege to meet him and talk with him, and tomorrow he is giving me the opportunity to help him teach his theology class, which I am so excited about.

After we left Thra's house we went back to our lodging at the Bible School where we have had the opportunity to play games and talk with some of the other people staying here sharing our stories and building relationship, and we are anxiously awaiting our next x-file, so that we can find out what we are going to do next.