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Burma & Thailand: January 2012

200 Years of Baptists in Burma

200 Years of Baptists in Burma

November 27, 2013 | 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of Ann and Adoniram Judson’s arrival in Burma and, from December 3-20, tens of thousands of Baptists will gather in Burma (Yangon and Mandalay) and Thailand (Bangkok, Chian Rai, and refugee settlements along the Thai/Burma border), to celebrate this momentous occasion in Baptist history. Read more »

A Reflection from Burma

March 19, 2012 | BPFNA member Carine Donze reports on her experiences in Burma during the BPFNA Friendship Tour. This past January, Julie Warner lead a BPFNA Friendship Tour to Burma (Myanmar). I feel blessed to have been a part of this trip, along with Carol Day and Kay Cheves. I was asked by my church to give a report on this incredible experience. I have not tried to build a ìscientificî report, but have rather focused on giving our congregation the strongest sense of what we have lived during these almost 3 weeks in the few minutes I had to talk. So I decided to tell three stories representing powerful, key moments that I will never forget. Read more »

Friendship Tour Update - A Third Postcard from Burma

February 5, 2012 | 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 BPFNAís summer conference, ìPeace Campî. Her father, Tom Walsh, was a member of the first BPFNA board.] Read more »

Friendship Tour Update - A Second Burmese Postcard

January 30, 2012 | We just arrived in Bagan after three incredible days in Mandalay. One of the highlights of the entire trip was a boat ride on the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to Mingun and Inwa, two historical sites near Mandalay. We organized a meeting of Baptist leaders from Mandalay on the boat, so we had a day of fellowship and sightseeing together. The Baptist leaders are from all ethnic groups - Karen, Kachin, Chin, Lisu, Burmese. Our group chatted with them about the work of their churches, and they had the opportunity to interact with each other in a way that they would not normally have. Our guide, and my friend who organized the boat trip, said that the Baptist leaders were all so happy to have this opportunity to be together that they were asking her how they could organize such an event in the near future for themselves. Read more »

A Postcard from Burma - By Julie Warner

January 23, 2012 | We arrived in Yangon on Friday evening, Jan 19. On Saturday we spent the day with [Burmese exile] Ko Ko Lay and staff at Karen Theological Seminary. We were received warmly by Ko Ko Lay, staff, and students. We visited the campus, including spending some time talking to the students in their dorms. We then went to a nearby teashop where we sat and began to discuss the current political situation. This was a great experience - I was well aware that people in Myanmar (mostly the men) go to the teashops and spend time discussing current events, politics, etc. So here we were in a similar setting doing the same - however, more openly. Read more »

BPFNA Friendship Tour to Burma/Myanmar & Thailand

January 17, 2012 | The BPFNA requests prayers for members going to Burma/Myanmar and Thailand for a Friendship Tour from January 18 to February 3, 2012. Julie Warner leads the tour, and fellow travelers include Kay Cheves, Carol Day and Carine Donze.The purpose of the Friendship Tour is to strengthen existing relationships and create new ones by meeting with Baptist leaders and congregations in these countries. This trip is designed to inform participants about Baptists in Burma and encourage individuals to form lasting relationships, and provide Baptists in Burma with a continuing link to Baptists in North America. Read more »

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