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A Missionary Report by Bai Eun Young
It was the first day of January 2019, when I left the Bible College of East Africa for a year of furlough. For me to leave there, it took a couple of weeks handing over all my duties to the missionaries and staff in BCEA. It took only a short while to say good bye to all on the very day of departure, a sunny day as usual in Nairobi.
After hours and hours of travel by airplane, I arrived in Seoul. It was so cold and dry! Everyone had on heavy coats. From there I travelled again to Busan, where my parents live. Though I was using my own language, I felt far from people; and things appeared unfamiliar. This tells of the years that I have been away. I probably appeared to them a stranger too. This does not mean that I had not come home at all. Some years ago I had a minor surgery, and the doctor advised I receive a regular medical check-up as a precaution, so I have made short visits. During the visits however, I was a visitor; a visitor having no duties in my family nor specific work in the community.
A few years ago, my father was injured and went through two different kinds of surgery on his thigh. That made him unable to move around as well as he had been doing. Since then, so many changes took place in his life. Consequently, it was my mother who had to cope with the changes, too, and be there to assist him with his needs. (All of my siblings are away from home with their work and families.) The last time when I visited home, I found my father’s health condition had worsened. It was so obvious that it was hard for my mother to face it alone. She looked so troubled. I felt sad. I wondered if it was right for me to leave for the mission field, leaving my aged parents alone in such a state. I didn’t share this struggle with anyone. Neither of my parents, especially my mother, held me back. I left for the Bible College of East Africa.
A few months after my return, my mother was introduced (by a friend of hers) to a certain program run by the South Korean government. The program was all about well-being for its senior citizens. It arranged the needed assistance for my father. This helps him a lot and also helps my mother. It was both a physical and emotional relief to her. Then I asked myself, ‘If I had not gone to the field and if I had stayed to give assistance to my parents, could I have done better than this? Isn’t His arrangement far better?’ “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33)
As I thought about a furlough, the first thing which crossed my mind was going home to help my parents around the house. Now I am home with them. Not as a visitor, but as a member with roles and duties in the family. It took about a month for me to catch up with the daily routine of home. (By the way, I am slow in this area — to locate myself confidently in the new environment in Busan also took quite a while.) I accompany my mother to markets and the hospital, and help her in house chores. I keep my father company, do his errands and pray together as he goes to bed at night. Spring season is near around the corner, now there will be more work to do around the house, and in the garden. I am thankful for this time and opportunity.
I am aware that for a missionary, a furlough means more than his or her family. It is a time to review the ministry in the past years and prepare for an improved service in the mission field. I see that a new curriculum for Sunday school, and new activities for Junior Youth Fellowship should be prepared. On the other hand, I should keep up with books about Africa and many new things useful for the ministry in the Bible College of East Africa. I hope that this environment will allow all these during this furlough.
THEY TAKE GOD AND THEIR SPIRITUAL LIFE SERIOUSLY
Myanmar Missions Report by Khoo May Lynn
The New Life Student Center in Yangon, Myanmar under Thang No is an overseas mission station that is supported by True Life BP Church. Six of us from True Life (Pastor and Mrs Jeffrey Khoo, Mrs Ivy Tow, Deborah Mae, Katherine Go and May Lynn) visited Yangon to attend its Anniversary Thanksgiving Service that was held on 16 March 2019. We were in Yangon from 15-18 March 2019. We flew Silkair from Singapore to Yangon on Friday afternoon, March 15, and brought along with us 140kg of Christian Literature for the ministry of First BP Church. First BP Church is praying about starting a Bible School in Yangon. Our flight and passage into Yangon was smooth and we were greeted by Thang No, his wife, a group of students from the student center, as well as FEBC alumni from First BP Church (Rev. Biak, Rev. Lian Uk, Van Thawng and Bawi Hoe). Upon arriving into Yangon in the evening, we had dinner at a traditional food center with Thang No, his wife and son.
On Saturday, 16 March, the six of us visited the New Life Student Center where Thang No gave us a tour around the Student Center campus. There are two girls’ dorms with two study areas and one bath/toilet area. Separated by a courtyard are two boys’ dorms with two study areas and one bath/toilet area. There is a library, kitchen and dining hall for common use, as well as separate living quarters for staff and Thang No’s family. At around 9.30am, we started a Bible Lesson Programme, based on the Wordless Book colors, for the 40 plus students who were present. Deborah Mae and Mrs. Khoo led the students in singspiration.
Katherine taught three Bible lessons based on the colors Gold representing Heaven, Black representing Sin and Green representing Growth in Christ. I taught two Bible lessons based on the colors Red representing the Blood of Christ and White that represents the Cleansing of Sins. There were three students who took turns in translating the lessons and activities from English to Burmese. To wrap up the Bible Programme, Katherine and I gave the students a quiz based on the lessons taught, and prizes were awarded. The students also did a short craft to reinforce the lessons learned. At around 2.30pm, the anniversary thanksgiving service began. Deborah Mae gave a thanksgiving praise item and Pastor Khoo was the Lord’s messenger. We praise God for seeing New Life Student Center through 20 years.
On Sunday, 17 March, we had a morning worship service with the students from the New Life Student Center. Pastor Khoo was the Lord’s messenger and he preached from Matthew 6:19–33, exhorting us to love God and not Money. Thang No was the translator. We praise God also for 14 students who were baptized that morning by Pastor Khoo. This is a testament to the faith of the students who sincerely sought to affirm their belief in the Lord through baptism.
At 2pm, we attended the afternoon service of First BP Church, chaired by Rev. Biak. Pastor spoke from Romans 8:28–39, going through the five points of Calvinism. Rev. Biak was the translator. After the afternoon service, we had a time of fellowship with the members of First BP Church. First BP Church is a small house church of about 30 plus people, mainly made up of young adults and children.
On Monday, 18 March, we visited a Baptist bookstore in a building built by Adoniram Judson, the first Protestant missionary sent from North America to preach in Burma. We bought 14 Burmese Bibles for the FEBC Bookroom stock. After lunch with an FEBC alumnus, Louis, the team headed to the airport for our flight back to Singapore at 5.30pm Myanmar time. All in all, it was a smooth and fruitful trip to Yangon. We thank God for how we were able to bring God’s Word and encouragement to the believers there. I am especially encouraged to see the faith of the students in the New Life Student Center. Though young in age, they take God and their spiritual life seriously, and are eager to learn His Word. May God continue to save more souls in Myanmar and glorify Himself in the hearts of the believers there.
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