Today we rented Judson Hall to bring all our orphanage home directors, neighborhood school director, house church pastors, evangelism director, and other close Burmese friends together to thank them for all they do for us. It’s something we try to do towards the end of each of our mission trips. It also gives our team members a last chance to fellowship with all of them.
Each of our orphanages puts on a performance of songs, ethnic dances, and skits, while our team also performs songs. It’s truly a time of fellowship and worship.
After sharing lunch and taking final photos, the majority of the team went shopping for souvenirs & gifts at the Bogyoke market. The remaining three members of our team conducted a bible study to our orphanage directors on the subject of faith.
Later that evening we all met for our final dinner together to share stories & memories about our mission trip.
The mission trip truly was a blessing to each team member.
- For our Burmese co-workers and friends that they will be protected and effective in their respective ministries.
- The seeds we planted in the minds of unbelievers will grow.
- For the people and country of Myanmar
- That the mission trip will have a positive and lasting impact on each mission team member.
- For safe travels back home to our respective families.
Attached you will find four photos. One photo is from our group event, one is our team performing, one is some of our team with Burmese friends, and the last is one from our bible study.
This will be the last mission trip update, we head for home tomorrow morning.
Today was our last day of ministry. Team 1 went to Vivian’s Orphanage, Team 2 went to Kid’s Life Orphanage and the HIV Orphanage. First, we all went to a very close Burmese friend’s house to have coffee and snacks before leaving for our respective destinations.
Vivian’s orphanage has approximately 23 children. The orphanage is named after the person that took us to this home for support. There is one special little boy in this home named Samuel that has fallen in love with our team leader Gary. As a result, if we have to break into two groups, Gary is the one that takes the team into this orphanage. This little boy named Samuel was approximately 1 ½ years old when he was left on the railroad tracks to die since his parents couldn’t afford to feed him. Luckily someone found him and took him to Vivian’s Orphanage. We have watched him over the years grow into a fine young man. The team thoroughly enjoyed engaging with each child and ministering to them.
Kid’s Life Orphanage is one we have been sponsoring from the beginning. They have 37 children ranging in age 6 to 17. We have watched a number of children grow up over the years. This home has a large amount of land where they grow vegetables & fruits, and raise pigs & goats not only for their consumption, but to make some additional income. This home more that the others we have are further along in generating income to supplement their expenses. The home director and his wife are strong Christians and it shows in the children they are raising. They also have a house church in their home for villagers to attend.
The HIV Orphanage is one we do not sponsor, but we try to minister to them whenever we get a chance. This home is sponsored by Seeds of Hope out of Canada. Over the past few years the demographics of this home has changed from all HIV infected children to more orphans from the war torn area of the Kachin State. They have approximately 32 children, 4 have HIV, the remainder are orphans from the Kachin State. The children from the Kachin State have been severely traumatized by watching their parents and other family members killed. We were told one of the HIV children died a few weeks ago due to the severity of her illness. The children in this home were not as exuberant or joyous as those in the homes we sponsor. The team did a great job ministering to these children despite a great sadness we all felt.
All team members are all in good health. They all felt that this mission trip had a very positive impact on their lives, and wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
- For the children in the HIV orphanage healing and God’s hands upon each of them.
- For the children in all of our orphanages and neighborhood school, continued strong Christian care and protection from persecution.
- For safety and good health for all our team members.
Tomorrow is our last day before we head back home. We are bringing all of our orphanages directors, house church pastors in the greater Yangon area, and close Burmese friends together for lunch and fellowship.
Since we all got back so late, I couldn’t get photos from the Vivian’s orphanage ministry. Attached you will find a photo five photos, one with a welcome sign Kid’s Life created for us. Another photo with the Kid’s Life children, and another photo with the team performing to them. Two photos from the HIV orphanage, one with a child infected with HIV showing his bag craft he made, and one with the children from the HIV home.