I have not blogged for a few days because internet connections have been sporadic, but I wanted to jot a few words because these last few days in Myanmar have been incredible rich.
Bob Johnson and I have been leading seminars at the Myanmar Institute of Theology (MIT).
My seminar focuses on the Johannine writings, Gospel of John and Revelation. There are seventeen students in the seminar. It is a wonderful group of students, and even though we meet from 3:00 to 6:00 each afternoon and the students have already had classes all day, they are still eager and engaged. It is quite an honor to be with these students. The students are working on their MDiv and MTS degrees, and they come from many parts of Myanmar and from many different tribal groups.
We have experienced unprecedented hospitality from the folks of MIT. They have helped in making sure we are where we need to be and have everything that we need. MIT is a thriving school with activities going day and night. It is clear that the young people in this country have a passion for learning.
With the completion of this week’s classes, we have a break of week and will travel up country (north) to Mandalay and to some of the surrounding areas. When we return, we will have one more week of classes.
Baptist life in Myanmar is characteristically vibrant. There are over a million Baptist in this country in a total of 4,626 churches. The Myanmar Baptist Convention is getting ready to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Baptist work in Myanmar (1813-2013).
Here is the view from my hotel room.
The building in the background is the Shwedagon Pagoda. It stands 326 feet high, and it is covered in gold.
My pre-reading for preparation for this trip noted that it was the rainy season, and the readings did not lie. It was rained every day with the exception of one. Most tourists avoid this time of year in visiting the country.