2018 – February

A Life Full of Purpose

February 4, 2018

Reverend David Johnson

Mark 1:29-39

English Language Service. Scripture is read in both English and Karen to accommodate many members from Burma.

Standing Firm Together

February 11, 2018

Reverend Paul Denning

Philippians 1:27-2:4

English Language Service. Scripture is read in both English and Karen to accommodate many members from Burma.

 

 

 

2018 – January

Still Burning

January 14, 2018

Sheila Ahlbrand

1 Samuel 3:1-10

English Language Sermon. Scripture is read in both English and Karen to accommodate many members from Burma.

The Calm in the Center

January 21, 2018

Sheila Ahlbrand

Johan 3:1-4, 10

English Language Sermon. Scripture is read in both English and Karen to accommodate many members from Burma.

Stanley and Jesus Go Fishing

January 28, 2018

Sheila Ahlbrand

Mark 1:14-20

 

2017 – December

Hopes and Fears

December 3, 2017

Reverend William Englund

John 1:1-4

English Language Service. Scripture is read in both English and Karen to accommodate many members from Burma.

Hearing the Love Song

December 10, 2017

Reverend William Englund

John 1:5-13

English Language Service. Scripture is read in both English and Karen to accommodate many members from Burma.

Joy

December 17, 2017

Reverend William Englund

1 John 1:1-4

English Language Service. Scripture is read in both English and Karen to accommodate many members from Burma.

Time and Breath

December 31, 2017

Sheila Ahlbrand

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

English Language Service. Scripture is read in both English and Karen to accommodate many members from Burma.

 

 

2017 – November

 

The Oil in Your Lamp

November 12, 2017

Reverend William Englund

Matthew 25:1-13

English Language Sermon. Scripture is read in both Karen and English.

Talented Servants

November 19, 2017

Reverend William Englund

Matthew 25:14-30

English Language Sermon. Scripture is read in both Karen and English.

Give Thanks

November 26, 2017

Reverend William Englund

Psalm 111

English Language Sermon. Scripture is read in both Karen and English.

 

 

 

2017 – October

Rejoice

October 15, 2017

Reverend William Englund

English language sermon. Scripture is read in both English and Karen to accommodate many members from Burma.

Glimpses of God

October 22, 2017

Reverend William Englund

English language sermon. Scripture is read in both English and Karen to accommodate many members from Burma.

Our Dwelling Place

October 29, 2017

Reverend William Englund

English language sermon. Scripture is read in both English and Karen to accommodate many members from Burma.

 

News from Burma 2nd Week

April 22, 2018

Dear FBC,

Has winter finally gone and are you seeing signs of spring? Wish we could send you some of this tropical heat. Even the native people are suffering and saying that this April is hotter than last year. We’ve had NO rain showers to give a short reprieve from the high humidity.

Sports tournaments are going on, with lots of sweating. Cane Ball is finished. Students and teachers are enjoying the competitions. Non-participants have fun cheering.

We had a busy weekend with different experiences. Saturday Ready, Aye Aye and Hnin Nu went to “Grandfather Beach” with some of the workers at CEC. You may have seen their photos on FB? They said the beach was beautiful, but the tide was strong.

This weekend I attended the wedding of Hay Thar Htoo who worked here last year and came to MN in August. Her wedding took place in The City of Love Saturday morning at 7:00 AM! Friday afternoon I traveled with Tamla and others on continuous hairpin turns through the mountains. The scenery is breath-taking. Between views of rolling mountains and bamboo and Betel Nut forests we passed through little villages of little houses made of bamboo. As I saw people going about their daily chores, I thought of how hard many people here work just to stay alive. When we arrived in the City of Love I was happily surprised to learn that we were staying at the home of Wai Moo. We visited his home last year and he visited MN in August. Wai Moo’s mother and sister are members of FBC.. His mother was there at his house having come for a visit! She recognized me from First Baptist. It was fun to talk with her and commiserate about the long flight. Wai Moo and his wife have two little girls, 4 years and 9 months, almost the same as my granddaughters.

We are all enjoying instruction time and seeing the students make progress. My grade 10 students have gone from speaking words, to sentences, to writing paragraphs. Saturday afternoon, after returning from City of Love, some of my boys helped me wash the ever-present red dust from the classroom wall so we could display their drawings and writings. A few students are very slowly catching on to expressing their own ideas and being able to ask questions. Can you imagine an education of “Teacher tells, students memorize” all through high school? I am both saddened and angered when I think of how these inquiring minds have been stunted by a cruel dictatorship. Maybe some day Western educators will hold teacher trainings for Asian educators. (A prayer for the future of Myanmar.

Two little girls just popped through the back door, saying “I have come to visit Teacher Cecilia.”  And now they are going to practice the dance routine Hnin Nu is teaching to many girls.

Please pray for rain and cooler temps. 

Blessings to all,

Cecilia and the Dawei Team

 

 

News From Burma

April 9, 2018

Hello FBC and KFBC friends

We have settled in to living and teaching at the Christian Education Center (CEC), Dawei

Some of us feel the weather is very hot. However, I have finally thawed out from MN winter. Various shades of green vegetation is everywhere and flowers are blooming in brilliant colors. Clothes are drying in the sun on the line outside the back door of the guesthouse

We started teaching on Friday after Opening Ceremony. We taught Saturday as well because of getting a late start. Class sizes started small, but more students have arrived. Hnin Nu has 59 (6th and 7th grade) students which is the largest class. All classes are smaller than last year. We can have time for more student participation. Speaking individually is not part of instruction in schools in Myanmar. Students are already becoming comfortable with speaking to the class. Ready and Aye Aye are enjoying their classes and everyone is trying out new teaching methods

A special visitor came for a short time. You all know him as Pastor Saul Lu. He arranged for a group photo of all students and staff.  Have you already seen it on Facebook

Students and teachers are eating very well! Every meal includes many dishes of fresh and steamed vegetables, a soup, pork or chicken or fish, white rice of course, and fresh mango, papaya, and pineapple.

Hser Hser Say and Lwe Sree have told me many times how much they miss GIri.

Thank you for your continued prayers. We couldn’t do this without your support.

Blessings from Cecilia and the Dawei Mission Team