This past weekend, two events happened that had great impact on my mind.  The juxtaposition of the freeing of  Noble Prize Laurette winner Aung San Suu Kyi and the death of Toe Kyi have given me cause for reflection.  On the one hand we see a lady who was held captive for twenty years suddenly released, on the other we see a man in the prime of life, contract cancer and after a late diagnosis (two weeks ago) pass on.

We are going to miss Toe Kyi in our community.  He arrived here three years ago after a protracted stay in a Thailand refugee camp for Burmese citizens.  He was a caring head of a household of six.  But he was trapped in a body that was dying of cancer.  In fact, in the last few days he was in extreme discomfort that had to be medicated by the  staff at the hospital.  The Scriptures tell us that once we are free of this earthly body, the believer is immediately present with Jesus.   For the believer we have a hope for an eternity with Christ.  One day the remains of each of our bodies will be pulled together and crafted into a new one for eternity.  Our hope in Jesus is to see Toe Kyi again, to no longer have a language barrier and to enjoy time with him.  Our prayer is for each member of his family to find strength and peace and joy in Christ so that one day they will be with Jesus for eternity.

As Aung San Suu Kyi was released we heard a cry of excitement and happiness heard around the world.  Granted it was not given much mention in the major news outlets but where it counts, through the ethernet and over the voice connections people spread the word.  Indeed the hopes and fears of the Burmese people were spotlighted this past weekend by this announcement.  It is my hope that as this woman has been released, there will be more attention paid to a wanton government that has displaced people, allowed an undisciplined army to rape and pillage its own people, and denied Christians the opportunity to freely worship God.  I trust this will mark the beginning of a revival among the Burmese, not to look to a woman’s release but to an Almighty God who can change the most hopeless circumstance into something good and new.


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 November 17, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Toe Kyi. I have been praying for him and his family. Please let me know how I may help this family.

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