Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for our members on Friendship Tours. Please read below for a third postcard from Julie Warner in Burma.
Having flown from Yangon to Bangkok, Thailand, we took the day bus from Bangkok to Mae Sot, a 7-hour trip. There we made a short visit to the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot where we had a tour with Meredith Walsh. [Meredith grew up attending BPFNA’s summer conference, “Peace Camp”. Her father, Tom Walsh, was a member of the first BPFNA board.]
Awoke to sound of roosters and students singing at about 6:30 am. Got up and took as much of a sponge bath as the facilities allowed. Had breakfast. Devotions at 8:30. Each visiting group was asked to give some words of greeting to student body, staff, and visitors.
We spent the day walking around the Bible School and observed and sat in on some of the classes. They offer a 4-year Bachelors of Theology in either English or Karen depending on the student's level of English. All students are about 18 years old at the beginning and have finished Class 10 (our High School equivalent). They get a bible-centered education that prepares them to work as youth leaders, various church workers, and beginning level pastors.
Bible School is pretty incredible for what they do - buildings are hand-made - wood and some cement - rather primitive, open air. But then you look around and see a satellite dish. They have 24-hour electricity and internet now.
We talked a lot with Saw Wado, Karen Youth leader, about the Peace Agreement recently signed between the Burmese government and the Karen National Union, and the upcoming talks.
Have much to process and am a bit tired after overnight bus ride back to Bangkok. More later.
Keep Burma in your thoughs! March 11, 2012 is Global Day of Prayer for Burma.
Read more about the situation in Burma
[Taken from freeburmarangers.org)