New Burmese Bible Study

Yesterday (Sunday, June 15) we began offering a Bible study class for the English speaking Burmese.  Of the 50+ Burmese adults attending our church, we had about 15 that started studying from the Book of Mark.  One of the tools we use is the Myanmar Bible Society online Bible.  We looked at Mark chapter 7 and discussed traditions, culture, personal lifestyle convictions and honoring our parents.  We talked about how the Burmese are used to two meals a day and America has three.   There really is no good reason to abandon the Burmese meal pattern, on the other hand, if there are things Americans or Burmese do that are contrary to the Word of God we need to listen to what God tells us from the Bible.  Since it was Father’s Day we were also able to reflect on what our parents have taught us as we looked at how Jesus wanted the Pharisess to honor their parents.

Bethany Limpach, home from Indiana Wesleyan University for the summer, has been trained as an ESL teacher.   She began teaching a formal ESL class on Sunday morning for our refugees.  This is very timely because Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) is out of session for the summer and many of the homemakers cannot learn English anywhere else.  She was assisted by Rachel Denney, Sarah Higgins, Kay McMurphy, Mike and Wendy Cornell.  Pray for Bethany as she is involved in an internship with World Relief as well as volunteering with this ministry in our church. 

Last week World Relief hosted a craft show featuring hand made crafts for sale by the refugees.  At the show, my wife bought me a Karen Burmese tunic as a Father’s Day gift.  See the picture below.

Karen Tunic

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About johnmcmurphy

Jesus is first and foremost in my life. He is above all religions, principalities and powers. In everything He must increase and I must decrease. Into the hands of Jesus, God has placed life and death, truth and purity. strength and meaning. Only in a growing understanding of the triune God, and his son Jesus can I do, breathe, exist and serve. I have a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Vennard College, a Master's in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph. D. from Ohio State in Family Relations and Human Development. I am an ordained pastor involved in cross-cultural ministry. I am currently employed at several colleges as an instructor. If you need to get in touch with me, just leave a comment, I screen all comments and so you can leave further contact information which I will erase before it is published. -John

Posted on June 16, 2008, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m glad that these other people are getting involved in helping. One of the great needs when ministering to another culture is the need to keep theirs intact. You’re right the only thing that should change is if they are in conflict with scripture. Like the tunic. spiffy.

  2. Georges Boujakly

    Good work.
    WE have about 100 Burmese people who have moved to Garden City, Kansas. We want to start work among them. A few are Christians. Do you know where I may obtain Bibles and Bible study literature?

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