Tuesday, August 31, 2004

I read this news today.

Burmese Factory Workers Suffer Food Poisoning


http://www.irrawaddy.org/aviewer.asp?a=3871&z=24


Check this out if you want to know how much phones we have in Burma.


Burma Aims to Triple Number of Phones by 2006


http://www.irrawaddy.org/aviewer.asp?a=3868&z=24



Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Love gifts

One of the nice things about working at the Myanmar Institute of Theology (MIT) is occasional gifts from friends outside and inside Burma. An anonymous friend donated a gift of 25,000 Kyats (US$ 25) to all the staff a few months ago. It really helped.

I had about 100 Kyats in my wallet a few days ago. Paul Aita walked into the computer lab where I was working. He had an envelope. Written on it was:

To: Lwin Moe
From: Gail & Paul Aita on behalf of American Baptist Women

Inside the envelope was 22,000 kyats (US$ 22). It was the right time I needed some money. It is still the middle of the month and my paycheck won't come until the end of the month. I am still surviving with that 22,000 kyats so far :-) :-) probably until the end of the month :-) Thanks to the Aitas and the American Baptist Women.

Anyways, MIT is really thriving with the staff who are overworked and underpaid. It's really amazing how people can work so hard just in faith. Occasional gifts really makes a difference in their lives, especially those with kids and wife. It is also true in many seminaries and churches in Burma.

Monday, August 16, 2004

A Great Poet and Scholar, Min Thu Wun, Died

Min Thu Wun died yesterday on Sunday. Here is his obituary from the Irrawaddy. Min Thu Wun is a legend in Burma’s literary circles. He is a great poet and scholar. He graduated from Oxford University.


Sunday, August 15, 2004

Mandalay

The following picture was taken in Mandalay on July 30, 3:44 PM Burmese Standard Time. That's a university building on the water due to the recent flood. Photos by Wo Le.



This is a picture of an old Lisu lady from Mogok in the northern Burma. Mogok is the city of gem mines. It is also called the land of rubies. Lisu is hill-tribe people who live in Burma, China and Thailand.



The following is a beautiful scene of Mandalay. The moat surrounding the Mandalay Palace.




Tuesday, August 10, 2004

My Sermon

I had to preach at the chapel service at the Myanmar Institute of Theology today.

Here is the note I wrote for it.

Accidents in Life

It was raining heavily outside. I was on a bus on the way back home from downtown. When I got off the bus, it was still raining and I didn't have my umbrella with me. I thought "Well, I should wait at the teashop for the rain to stop." I went into a teashop near the bus stop. Sitting in the teashop, I finally had a chance to do some thinking.

First of all, it was by chance that the rain started right after I got off the bus. It wasn't planned either that I would go into the teashop to get shelter from the rain. It was just a coincidence.

Accidents happen all the time in our lives. I had a car accident. Accidents happened and we broke our legs while playing football, right? Coincidence is just like events that happen at the same time by accident. Even in history, a lot of great things have come out because of accidents. Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin because of an accident.

Besides, think of Isaac Newton. He thought out the law of gravity because an apple fell onto the ground. A cartoon said he was able to figure out the law of gravity because it was an apple that fell on his head. An apple! If it were a fruit from the tree in front of our house that fell on his head, he would be dead before he could write up the law of gravity. You know what that fruit is? It's Durian. It has all the prickly rinds. Therefore, Newton would probably be dead if it were Durian that fell on his head. Anyway, this example taught us a lot.

In addition, accidents, coincidences and small things later tend to become important in our lives. Accidents will happen in our lives. We just can't avoid them. Small things that we wouldn't even notice might have some big impacts on somebody else's lives.

Moreover, I would like to tell you one example. It was six years ago. I was about 20 something at that time. I had to speak at a church in Michigan. It was like a month after I got to the States. I was so scared and nervous. My listening skill was great. But my speaking skill? It was lousy. Even in Burmese, let alone in English. I think I did quite a lousy job that Sunday. But after the service, an old lady came to me and said "Lwin, wonderful, you were doing a great job!" You know how much it had helped me at that time. I was afraid to speak. But after that, I wasn't afraid any more. I spoke again and again and again. I still do a lousy job but I am getting better. J J What I am getting at is that small and kind gesture from the old lady has helped me move on. That's how a small thing has done to somebody's lives in a good and positive way.

However, there can also be negative things. To illustrate that, I would like to tell you another story of my own. I usually walked home after my classes at the Myanmar Institute of Theology. The buses were usually crowded. I chose to walk for exercise and for doing deep thinking while walking. One night, it was really dark because there was no electricity. About half way home, I stepped on a frog and it was dead. I thought to myself. Well, I didn't mean to step on that frog. Yet, it was dead. Was if my fault? Or was it its fault? I don't think it was mine because I didn't mean to kill it and I didn't mean to step on it. I just didn't see it because it was dark. It was just an accident but I killed the frog. It had a big impact on the frog's life.

Eventually, accidents will happen in our lives. Those accidents or small things will have impacts on others either in a positive or negative way. The frog that I stepped on was dead even though I didn't mean to kill it. It was just an accident. We won't just know the consequences of an accident because two people can look at the same thing and see it differently. All we can do is pray and hope for the best. Whatever you do, please ...
  1. Do it with love for God.
  2. Do it with love for the people around you
  3. Do it with love for yourself.
In conclusion, please remember accidents will happen. It will lead to positives or negatives. Yet, please do everything in love.

May God bless you all!

Love in Christ, Lwin Moe