The Wait


At the left is a picture of several Burmese:  Kler, Padamar, Peng Len, Nu Nu, Deborah and Christina awaiting the start of the Sunday School hour

It’s that time of year when we focus on a major holiday and begin preparations.   We decorate, we plan, we organize and we prepare.   All of this in anticipation of celebration of Christmas.   Among the Burmese, plans are being made for a community Christmas party in a neighboring church building.  Our ESL group is planning on singing Christmas Carols to some of the FWC adult Sunday School classes next Sunday, and the Thang Tlang family is anxiously awaiting the birth of a baby girl (December 15???).    Yesterday I got this e-mail from Thang Tlang’s brother

Dear Jonh mt Murphy
I am greeting to you by the name of our lord Jesus,from Australia.
How are you?May God bless you and your family,all of your congrecation
and felow workers.I am Philip brother of Thangtlang he live in Nc.
Thank you for you are praying for my broter’s wife.
Good night
See you again
Philip Matu
As you read the Christmas story you can see there was also an anticipation, throughout the Scriptures, of Christ’s coming.  Plans were made before the foundations of the earth, God orchestrated events and circumstances from the beginning of time, everyone awaited the birth of the Messiah.  At exactly the right time and with the right situation God’s Son, Jesus, was born to virgin Mary in Bethlehem.  img_3338a
Here is a picture of the Thang Tlang family, Thang Tlang, Hlamay, Esther and Nece as they await a birth this season.  The backdrop is a manger scene mural in one of the Sunday school rooms.

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 December 8, 2008, in C-D, M, N, O-P, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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