Thursday, December 30

Here is one of five pictures sent to me by Rev. Jose Peter from India. The devastation in South India is overwhelming (no pun intended). I think the other pictures are AP wirephotos and are therefore probably copyright and I'm disinclined to post them for that reason. We have reason to be thankful that this has not befallen us.

"There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."


Tuesday, December 28

More On The Tsunami

I have not heard from everyone in MM as yet, but here is our contact in Yangon (Rangoon) with the most immediate access to the internet:

"Thank you so much for your concern and we all are doing fine here and it didn't effect our daily routine work.No power cut off. We only felt mild earthquake and no damages and no one injured. I believe that because of your prayer we all are safe.
Best regards to Mrs. Bacon and Matt as well.
See you in February."


Monday, December 27

Very Few Reports on Tsunami

Most Blog readers have already heard of the earthquake that took place off the northeast coast of the island of Sumatra (Indonesia) and the resulting devastating effects of the Tsunami that came from the earthquake. There is a lot of news coming from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and from Phuket, Thailand. But little is coming from Myanmar.

The one thing I've seen was a link from the Myanmar International Times to the Reuter's News Service. I've sent emails to several friends and contacts in Myanmar and hope to hear back from them soon. Of course, even without a Tsunami the power situation in Myanmar is not 100%.


Monday, December 20

It Is Winter In Tahan

I have been in Tahan in the winter, and though it is in the tropics, it is also at a somewhat higher elevation -- around 4,000 feet above sea level. It does get "chilly" there in the winter and the hours of darkness are longer. The darkness is not so long as it is the temperate zones, but it is appreciable. So the schedule changes somewhat for the orphans.

A Day At New Life Orphanage

The following is the routine from Monday to Friday for the short daylight hours during the winter season.

1) Wake-up time 5:30 Am
2) Devotions 6:00 Am
3) Breakfast 7:00-7:30 Am
4) Laundry 7:30-8:30 Am
5) School starts 9:00 Am
6) Recess 10:00-10:15 Am
7) School Resumes 10:15-11:00 Am
8) Lunch 11:30 Am
9) Aftermoon school 1:00 Pm
10) Recess 2:00-2:15 Pm
11) School Resumes 2:15-3:00 Pm
12) Playtime 3:00-4:00 Pm
13) Bathing time 4:00-5:00 Pm
14) Dinner 5:00 Pm
15) Evening prayers 6:00 Pm
16) Study 7:00-9:00 Pm
17) Lights out 10:00 Pm


Tuesday, December 14

Here is a previous conference at RBI. Yours truly is in the blue shirt in front. To my left is Rev. Changwon Shu and to his left is Dr. Thang Bwee. Posted by Hello

Monday, December 13

Time For Another Trip

It is hard to believe it has been nearly a year since my last trip to Myanmar, but time does get away from us sometimes. It has been a profitable year. The New Life Orphanage continues and with more support could easily double the number of orphans we presently have. At the present we are supporting 75 orphans, including food, lodging, and education. As the orphans become older they also learn trades (generally sewing, farming, and carpentry). Our biggest "structural" need at present is for a carpentry shop. We have the space to build it -- it would go on about 1/3 of the 7.5 acres that we are presently using for rice. But we need the funds (yes, that is a hint).

The Ticket Has Been Purchased

So, the plan is presently for me to leave Dallas-Ft. Worth on February 1st. The trip this time takes me through Los Angeles, Osaka, Bangkok, and then to Yangon (Rangoon). I will arrive in Yangon, DV, mid-morning on the third. We "lose" a half day when we cross the Int'l dateline, so it doesn't really take 48 hours to get there. It only takes 33-36 hours on the trip -- but about 8 hours of that is a layover in Bangkok.

And For Those Who Have Prayed With Us In The Past...

The next step is that of receiving an entry visa from the government (embassy) of the Union of Myanmar. I have been there seven times now -- this is my eighth trip. So the immediate temptation is to think of the visa as a "given." But the fact is, "man proposes, but God disposes." We have received the visas in the past, it is true. But we have also undertaken to pray with hundreds of people that those visas would be granted. So God has been pleased to go before us in the past, just as he went before the Israelites in the desert. But we dare not think we should quit praying for his will to be accomplished in us and through us.

Actually, Myanmar visas are very hard to get. I know of others who have gone there and been turned down for subsequent trips, so it is not "automatic." Please do be in prayer -- remember this as you pray for missions. And please pass along this request to others in your congregation's membership and leadership as well.

The Psalter Is Ready To Go

The digital file has been brought up to date. We simply need to compile all three portions into a single document for the "final review." This will be the first complete Psalter available for singing in any of the languages of Myanmar. There are over 100 distinct languages and dialects used among the tribes of Myanmar, and we have been helping in getting Psalters for two of them. Most of the work being done on the Burmese language Psalter is being done by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Myanmar (EPCM) and the Protestant Reformed Churches of Myanmar (PRCM). We are happy to be of some help to them. But most of our work has been done on the Falam language Psalter. That is the "family" language of most of the Christian Chin in Myanmar.

And We Hope To Do Some Teaching

We will be getting to Yangon just at the end of the school year and hope to teach at the Reformed Bible Institute (RBI) under the presidency of U Thang Bwee. In two weeks, it will be difficult to teach much in depth, but I will have the students for six hours per day and six days per week. So the lecture time will actually be comparable to 3 or 4 semester hours. Please pray for understanding. The men I will be training will be carrying the gospel to the villages of Myanmar for the coming generation.

More later as the day of departure approaches.