Recently, I was in Asia…
Mytkina, Myanmar, to be exact (quite close to China in location and culture). We were invited to teach in a school for recovering drug offenders. I expected to meet special people doing good work at the school. Those expectations were met, but another meeting with two young men was completely unexpected.
Thang and Nik arrived on a small motorcycle…
My friend, Pastor Go Lam Pau, and I were standing on a busy Mytkina sidewalk. When Pau saw Thang and Nik, he began to laugh and cry simultaneously. I was not sure what was going on, but soon I was laughing and crying myself.
A sidewalk reunion…
You see, Thank and Nik were raised in Phileo Mission Home (orphanage) in Yangon. They were Pau’s boys. They call him Poppa, and his wife is Momo. Thang and Nik were born in the Kachin state of Myanmar. They were born into poverty and budhism. Both were blessed to be received at Phileo Home. They became Christians there, graduated high school and from a 2-year Bible school. They returned to Mytkina in 2014 to study at university and work among their Kachin tribe.
This was a reunion for me, too…
I met these boys 5 years ago when I first traveled to Yangon. On that trip, my sister, Karlene Arthur, and I visited Phileo Home. It changed our lives. We have been partners with Phileo Home and Pastor Go Lam Pau since that visit.
Phileo Home changed our lives because that is what Phileo Home does – it changes lives!
I did not expect to meet Thang and Nik on that sidewalk and see evidence of our prayers and partnership.
It was amazing. Almost overwhelming. The boys shook my hand and thanked me for saving the lives of kids in Myanmar. They thanked me for making it possible for orphans of budhism to hear God’s word.
They said, “Thank you to Visionaries for caring about us.”
THIS is the Visionaries story.
- An introduction leads to a relationship.
- A relationship leads to a partnership.
- A partnership helps a helper do more for people.
- A budhist orphan is fed and educated.
- The child grows up to become a Christian pastor.
Let’s write the first chapter of many more of these stories. Will you join us? We can write stories in our home towns and in the nations.
– Curtis L. Baker, VI director