Thursday, September 6, 2018

Mid-West Mission Travels...

Starting Saturday morning (08 SEP 2018) I'll begin a trip here in the good ole' mid-west of these United States of America that will take me 3,100 miles before I return home on September 24th. No frequent flyer miles on this trip...just lots of hours behind the steering wheel!

I'll have the privilege and opportunity to preach and give mission presentations at three different CLC congregations, see my grandchildren briefly, spend a few days with my mom, help do evangelism work on the Rosebud Lakota Sioux Indian Reservation, attend CLC Board of Missions meetings, and give a foreign missions presentation to the students at Immanuel Lutheran High School, College, and Seminary.

What a privilege to be about our Father's business of sharing in the opportunities He provides to proclaim the truths of His saving word!


Thursday, August 16, 2018

CLC Mission Opportunities Prayer List - 16 AUG 2018

1.    Myanmar – the annual monsoon season brought more rain than usual in July. Over 100,000 people have been forced from their homes due to extensive flooding. There have also been several deaths. The CLC Board of Missions was able to provide some financial support through the Mission Development Fund (MDF) to provide basic assistance to several families in Yangon.

2. Nepal – There has also been extensive flooding in Nepal. A few HCLCN families have lost crops and farm land due to heavy rains and landslides.

3. Nepal – A new “anti-conversion” law goes into effect on August 17. The anti-conversion law is a part of article 36 of the newly adopted constitution that reads:
"no one attempt to change or convert someone from one religion to another, or disturb or jeopardize the religion of others, and such acts/activities shall be punishable by law."
Some have offered a rather strict interpretation of this new law that would forbid baptisms and any preaching of or explaining the Gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone who is not already a Christian. Pray that the Lord would thwart these attempts of Satan to eliminate the proclamation of the Gospel and use this persecution to strengthen the faith of His children in Nepal. "Thy Kingdom Come..."

4. Tanzania – the CLC-Tanzania continues to work on plans to start the Wartburg Lutheran Seminary in Arusha, Tanzania. There are currently twelve men from four districts who are planning to study God’s word to prepare them for the ministry. Pray that the Lord will provide all that is necessary for this important work to go forward.

5. Missionary Peter Evensen/India – The majority party in India is called the BJP. This party currently has the most political influence. The prime minister of India represents the BJP. The BJP has a Hindu Nationalist platform that promotes the idea of making Hinduism the official religion of India. The government in India is making it more and more difficult to spread the Gospel. All of this has led to more scrutiny by immigration officers as individuals enter and leave India on a regular basis. Pray that Missionary Evensen will not be hampered as he prepares to return to his work in India.

6. Zambia – Pastor Ibrahim will be moving from Lusaka to Livingstone soon. The main pastor in the Livingstone area died rather suddenly over a year ago. By moving to Livingstone, Pastor Ibrahim will be able to spend more time serving and instructing the congregation in the truths of God’s saving word. He will also be working to prepare men in the area to serve as faithful preachers and teachers of God’s saving Word in the preaching stations in this area of Zambia.

7. West Africa (Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Ghana, Liberia) – It has been several years since the CLC affiliated church bodies have been able to gather for a conference. A conference is being planned for November. Pray that the Lord will bless efforts to organize a West Africa Joint Pastoral Conference this fall.

8. Mission Festivals – Several congregations will be hosting Mission Festivals over the next couple of months. Missionaries Evensen and Ohlmann have been invited to preach in many of our CLC congregations. Thank the Lord for these opportunities to rejoice in and consider the privilege we have all been given to be His ambassadors. Pray also that the Lord will grant them safe travels and that the truths of God’s saving word that they preach will serve the purpose for which God gave it.  

9. CLC Online Theological Studies – continue to pray for the following individuals who are studying God’s word through email correspondence courses as they train to be faithful preachers and teachers of God’s saving word:
·         Pastor Idahosa Eghosa (Senegal, Africa)
·         Pastor Jacques Pondi Lumiangu (D.R. Congo, Africa)
·         Pastor Monotosh Banjaree (Bangladesh, SE Asia)
·         Pastor Liberty Atawa (Zimbabwe, Africa)
·         Samuel Benson Edwards and Ivan Edwards (Myanmar, Asia)
·         Evangelist Eliewaha Mshana (Tanzania, Africa)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

CLC Mission Prayer Opportunities - 30 May 2018


1.    Uganda – Visiting Missionary Michael Gurath reports: “Pastor Tanas Wangira has recently fallen ill.  His wife, children, and mother all depend on him for support.

2.    MyanmarPastor Thang, president of the CLC-Myanmar, was recently involved in a serious motorcycle accident while returning from Chin State where he was conducting Gospel outreach and pastor training. As of May 29th, Pastor Thang was in the hospital being treated for injuries to his head, collar bone, toe, and ribs.

3.    Nepal – Outreach seminars and baptisms are currently taking place among new contacts in areas south of Kathmandu. Pastor Raju and others will be traveling extensively during June and July before the rainy season begins when travel becomes very difficult due to annual landslides and flooding.

4.    Nepal – A new “anti-conversion” law goes into effect on July 1st. Pray that the Lord would thwart the attempts of Satan to diminish the proclamation of the Gospel and use this persecution to strengthen the faith of His children in Nepal and to enlarge His kingdom.

5.    CLC Mission Helper Trip to East Africa – The following twenty-three individuals are making final preparations for a July 9th departure to East Africa...
Team Kenya: Team Zambia: Team Tanzania:
Ted Quade Lucas Brown Todd Ohlmann
Paul Nolting Matthew Kranz Carl Reim
Phil Strike Sam Schierenbeck Henry Lau
Carl Strike Adam Brown Jonah Albrecht
Blair Sydow Kirsten Brandle Katherine Reim
Nyibol Kuan Nichole Brandle Lydia Albrecht
Rebecca Krause Olivia Albrecht
Danielle Gerbitz Emma Mueller
Leah Mackensen

Please pray that the Lord will continue to bless their preparations to proclaim the Gospel in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia.

Also, please pray for the pastors, teachers, and leaders in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia as they make the final arrangements for the Mission Helpers’

6. Missionary Peter Evensen – will be traveling back to the U.S. soon from his home in Chennai, India for his summer vacation and furlough. Pray that the Lord will grant safe and uneventful travel, a time of good rest, and a blessed time of fellowship with friends and family.

7.  Liberia -- Pastor Joseph Kwiwalazu is also currently traveling to Guinea again for exploratory work, albeit he should be back in Liberia by the end of the week. 

8. CLC Online Theological Studies – continue to pray for the following individuals who are studying God’s word through email correspondence courses as they train to be faithful preachers and teachers of God’s saving word:
·         Pastor Idahosa Eghosa (Senegal, Africa)
·         Pastor Jacques Pondi Lumiangu (D.R. Congo, Africa)
·         Pastor Monotosh Banjaree (Bangladesh, SE Asia)
·         Pastor Liberty Atawa (Zimbabwe, Africa)
·         Samuel Benson Edwards and Ivan Edwards (Myanmar, Asia)
·         Pastor Emmanuel Julien (Haiti)
·         Evangelist Eliewaha Mshana (Tanzania, Africa)

Monday, May 14, 2018

CLC Mission Prayer Opportunities... 14 MAY 2018


1.    Nepal – Training with a group of twelve new pastors in the Dang district will begin soon. Since this west-central district of Nepal requires a 30+ hour bus ride to reach, Pastor Raju will visit the district four times a year for the next few years to provide training rather than have all of these men travel to the Himalayan Bible Institute in Kathmandu each month. Pray that the Lord will bless these men in their desire to faithfully proclaim the truth of God’s saving word. Pray also for safe travel for Pastor Raju.

2.    India – Ten days of Vacation Bible School was held among several congregations of the BELC with several thousand children in attendance. Praise the Lord for this opportunity and pray that these children will be led to place their faith in our Savior Jesus Christ!

3.    Haiti – Board of Missions member Steve Leinberger and Missionary Ohlmann recently conducted a visit to Haiti. They met with Pastor Emmanuel Julien and the fourteen pastors who are working to establish a church body that faithfully proclaims the truths of God’s word. Pray that the Lord would bless the study of His word as we work toward declaring fellowship. The Board of Missions has been in correspondence with these men in Haiti since 2013.  

4.    Nigeria – Kinship funding was recently approved and sent to provide job training for three of the older children at the Nigeria Children’s Home. Thank the Lord for this opportunity to help our brothers and sisters in Christ provide for the future needs of these two young men and one young lady. Pray for the Lord’s blessings as they receive this training to support themselves.

5.    Nepal – Pray for the Gospel outreach in Nepal as new anti-conversion laws come into effect in July. These new laws are open to the interpretation of those who are charged to enforce them. The law states that those who publicly preach or teach the Bible to those of another faith with the intention of conversion are subject to punishment of five years in prison and hefty fines. Some have interpreted these laws to even prevent parents from bringing their children to baptism and Sunday School until the children reach the age when they can decide on their own if they want to hear God’s word. Pray that the Lord will embolden His children during these troubling times. For more information go to: http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/october/nepal-criminalizes-conversion-christianity-evangelism-hindu.html

6.    CLC Mission Helper Trip to East Africa – Twenty-Three individuals are participating in the up-coming Mission Helper Trip to East Africa in July. Please pray that the Lord will continue to bless their preparations to proclaim the Gospel in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia.

7.    CLC Online Theological Studies – continue to pray for the following individuals who are studying God’s word through email correspondence courses as they train to be faithful preachers and teachers of God’s saving word:
·         Pastor Idahosa Eghosa (Senegal, Africa)
·         Pastor Jacques Pondi Lumiangu (D.R. Congo, Africa)
·         Pastor Monotosh Banjaree (Bangladesh, SE Asia)
·         Pastor Liberty Atawa (Zimbabwe, Africa)
·         Samuel Benson Edwards and Ivan Edwards (Myanmar, Asia)
·         Pastor Emmanuel Julien (Haiti)
·         Evangelist Eliewaha Mshana (Tanzania, Africa)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Foreign Mission Prayer Opportunities...March 16, 2018

1.    Myanmar – Pastor Kham and his wife have taken the appropriate legal action to adopt and care for a Seventeen-year-old Buddhist convert who has been rejected by her family because she converted. Thank the Lord for His grace in calling this young lady out of the darkness of idol worship and into the marvelous light of the Good News of God’s love and forgiveness through our Savior Jesus Christ! Pray that his young covert will continue to grow in her faith as she studies her Bible with the Kham family and the members of the CLC-Myanmar.

2.    Myanmar – Three pastors of the CLC-Myanmar have passed away in recent months and another pastor had to resign due to health problems. Five young men have been identified and will receive training to replace these four men. Pray for their training and for congregations they will serve.

3.    Myanmar – A young man named Sam who is the son of Pastor Charles Edwards of the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar will begin Online Theological Training to prepare him to assist his father. He has recently earned a bachelor’s degree in information technologies and has good job. He is committed and dedicated to serving His Lord and working with his father in the Gospel ministry in the Yangon, Myanmar area.

4.    Myanmar – Thanksgiving to God for new the religious freedoms that have come from the new government in the past couple of years. Both the CLC-Myanmar and the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar report that they no longer receive any interference from the government, military, or police that was once common-place.

5.    Myanmar – Thanksgiving for the completion and dedication of the new buildings that the CLC-Myanmar was able to build with help from the CLC-Mission Development Fund.

6.    Myanmar – two men of the CLC-Myanmar are actively working to evangelize Buddhists in villages around Kalaymyo. Ten Burmese Bibles were purchased for their use as they conduct Bible studies with contacts.

7.    Nepal – Thank the Lord and ask for His on-going blessings on the four men who graduated on March 7th from the two-year Himalayan Bible Institute.

8.    Nepal – pray for God’s blessings on the new students and those who continue their studies at the Himalayan Bible Institute of the HCLC-Nepal.

9.    Nepal – There are ten men in distant districts of Nepal that are requesting Bible training. A visit is being planned. Pray that the Lord will bless this meeting and that these men will be dedicated to the truth of God’s saving word.

10.  Nepal – Visits are planned to the far-west regions of Nepal to meet with pastors who are interested in learning more about Lutheran doctrine and training to be faithful preachers of God’s saving word. Christians are very far and few between in these regions. Nepal is less than 2% Christian. Most of those Christians live in the Kathmandu area so it is great to see to the Gospel reach far beyond the Kathmandu valley!

11.  Nepal – Pray for the Gospel outreach in Nepal as new anti-conversion laws come into effect in July. These new laws are open to the interpretation of those who are charged to enforce them. The law states that those who publicly preach or teach the Bible to those of another faith with the intention of conversion are subject to punishment of five years in prison and hefty fines. Some have interpreted these laws to even prevent parents from bringing their children to baptism and Sunday School until the children reach the age when they can decide on their own if they want to hear God’s word. Pray that the Lord will embolden His children during these troubling times. For more information go to: http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/october/nepal-criminalizes-conversion-christianity-evangelism-hindu.html

12.  India – Mary Benjamin, the wife of Pastor V.S. Benjamin has suffered from diabetes for several years. She has been released from the hospital and is home resting after trouble with her kidneys. She will undergo more tests.

13.  India – A Hindu nationalist party currently holds the majority in the Indian government. Part of their platform is to promote Hinduism as the national religion of India. New rules and regulations that govern the transfer of money to India from foreign countries has created a great deal of difficulties for our CLC Treasurer and our brothers and sisters of the CLCI.

14.  India – Even amid the government crack-down on Christianity mentioned above, the doors of opportunity to train faithful pastors to proclaim the truth of God’s saving word and start new congregations is overwhelming. There is seemingly no end to the opportunities before us. Pray that the Lord would provide the necessary resources, man-power, courage and zeal to continue in this harvest field that is so ripe for harvest.

15.  Pray for the individuals in Senegal, DR Congo, Haiti, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and Myanmar who continue CLC Online Theological Studies correspondence courses.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Sent to Myanmar...FEB/MAR 2018

The two weeks in Myanmar went by rather quickly as Pastor Dave Koenig and I worked with the church leaders of the Church of the Lutheran Confession of Myanmar in Kalaymyo in the West and the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar in the east.



Pastor Koenig arrived in Yangon on February 18th from the U.S. and I arrived from India the next day. Our flights from Yangon to Kalaymyo had already been arranged by a local travel agent for the next day. 

We spent the next three days in Kalaymyo teaching at an outreach seminar with the pastors, leaders, and over one hundred church members and guests. Most of the congregations of the CLC-Myanmar are located in mountainous regions of Chin State that borders India to the west. For a variety of reasons that have to do with the socialist and then military dictatorships that, until recently, have ruled this nation for the past several decades, this state is very underdeveloped with poor roads and infrastructure. Until recently, foreigners were not allowed to travel throughout the state. 

The CLC-Myanmar has fifty-six congregation that are served by seven pastors. They serve these congregations on a monthly basis by bicycle. In recent months three pastors went to be with the Lord and a fourth pastor found it necessary to resign due to hearing, sight, and other health problems. Pastors Kham and Thang are in the process of interviewing men and developing a process for training men to fill these vacant pastoral positions. They currently have five young men who are interested in this training. They also hope to train men to reach out to the many Buddhists who live in the area around Kalaymyo. 

Many of those in attendance at the seminar traveled several days to get to Kalaymyo for the seminar. Each day we held classes from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm with a lunch break in the middle. In the evenings Pastor Koenig and I took turns preaching at the special evening worship services that were held. These services were well attended as this gave many who were working during the day the opportunity to come hear the word. On Sunday a final worship service was held and it too was attended by more than one hundred and fifty people with at least fifty children in attendance!


Church Building and Orphanage of the CLC-Myanmar

Dedication and Ribbon Cutting for the New Church Building

Pastors Kham (L) and Thang (R), Secretary and Chairman of the CLC-Myanmar

Gathering for the first day of the Seminar

Pastor Kham (L) , his wife (R) and son, and the eleven children they care for

Pastor Thang, his mother, his wife, and their five children

Group picture on the last day of the outreach seminar for the CLC-Myanmar in Kalaymyo

Pastor Koenig teaching in the newly dedicated church building of the CLC-Myanmar in Kalaymyo
After our time in Kalaymyo came to an end we boarded a flight on a local airline back to Yangon to repeat the outreach seminar with the members of the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar along with friends who had also been invited. There were around eighty in attendance each day for the three day seminar. 

On March 2nd, the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar celebrated their 30th anniversary as a church. Pastor Charles leads this small church body. He spent many years working for the national transportation department until he took an early retirement with benefits so that he could spend more time working in the ministry. His grandparents immigrated to Yangon (then Rangoon) from Tamil Nadu, India. They were Lutherans and brought their Lutheran heritage with them. His grandfather was instrumental in starting some of the first Lutheran churches in Myanmar. Pastor Charles received training from and was ordained by the LC-MS affiliated church in Asia. He left this fellowship for doctrinal reasons. Over the course of a few years, beginning in 2007, he found agreement in doctrine with the CLC and was accepted into fellowship. He serves one main congregation and three preaching stations. His brother (who lives with his two sisters in the family home) conducts services every Sunday as well and Pastor Charles serves the congregation with the Lord's Supper once a month. Pastor Charles oldest son, Sam, has now completed his bachelors degree in information technologies, has a good job, and would like to train for the ministry through our developing Online Theological Studies website. He plans to assist his father in the ministry and eventually take over his father's pastoral duties when the need arises. 

Our last couple of days in Yangon (Saturday and Sunday) were spent visiting and offering devotions at member's homes and preaching stations, and attending and preaching at the worship service on Sunday. Sunday afternoon gave me the opportunity to spend some time with Pastor Charles and to see some of the sites around this old city of Yangon. I went to see the old market, the Shwedagon Buddhist Pagoda (some 2,500 years old), the original church building that Pastor Charles grandfather helped to establish, and the banks of Ragoon river that leads to the Bay of Bengal.
Shwedagon Pagoda
The Shwedagon Pagoda complex
The Shwedagon Pagoda is impressive to see with its millions of dollars worth of gold, diamonds, and precious jewels. As the story goes, it was originally built as a shrine to house eight hairs from the Buddha that were brought to the king by monks. Many of the people there were like me, simple tourists seeing a World Heritage site. But many/most were there as dedicated Buddhists. This was made evident as I watched many dressed in Buddhist monk's garb and others bowing down and praying and performing other rituals to the hundreds of idols contained within the complex. It truly breaks my heart to see this kind of thing. These individuals, who Jesus Christ died for, are blinded by the darkness of idolatry. They bow down to wood and stone and in turn reject the blood bought forgiveness and salvation that our Savior provided on the cross and empty tomb. According to the 2014 census reported on a Wikipedia page, the nation of Myanmar is 87.9% Buddhist and only 6.2% Christian. Let those statistics break your heart and pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who faithfully proclaim the Good News of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life through life, death, and resurrection of our Savior!  


Attendees of the Outreach Seminar for the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar in Yangon
Pastor Charles Edwards (L-R) his son Sam, two sisters, brother Ivan
Sunday morning worship at the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar in Yangon
After two full weeks in Myanmar, Pastor Koenig and I both flew out on Monday, March 5th. Pastor Koenig flew home to the U.S. and I flew to Nepal.

For more information about the opportunities the Lord has opened to us in Myanmar go to: http://lutheranmissions.org/nation/myanmar/ 




Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sent to India...FEB 2018

Well, I've been in Myanmar for over a week now and I finally found some time (and reliable WiFi) to get some words and pictures on the blog from the two weeks I spent in India. Since I'm pretty sure that I don't have a short term memory any longer it becomes more and more important that I get these blog posts done earlier rather than later.

The CLC helps to facilitate an annual Joint Asia Pastoral Conference (JAPC) in India each year. This conference includes pastors and leaders of CLC affiliated church bodies from India, Nepal, and Myanmar. It is typically held in October but it was moved to February this year so that I could attend. There was also some encouragement from the Nepali delegation to move it to a cooler month since they are not too fond of the hot and humid October weather of South India. The dates of the conference were February 6-8. We work with two church bodies in India and they take turns hosting the conference. This year it was hosted by the BELC. 

In addition to pastors from the Berea Evangelical Lutheran Church (BELC), the Church of the Lutheran Confession of India (CLCI), the Himalayan Church of the Lutheran Confession of Nepal (HCLCN), the Church of the Lutheran Confession of Myanmar (CLCM), and the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar (NLCM), the conference was attended by our CLC Missionary to India (name purposefully ommitted), Pastor Tim Daub of Hecla, SD, and myself. Each church body presented reports on the work they are doing. Pastor Daub presented an essay on the Confession Lutheran Approach to Biblical Interpretation and Missionary E. presented an essay on Blessings from God. Pastor Charles Edwards (NLCM) presented an essay on the History of Christianity in Myanmar. Pastor Jyothi presented an essay on Abortion in light of the Bible. I had the privilege of presenting an overview of all the mission fields where the CLC is working. 
Pastor Tim Daub being honored by Pastor D. Paul of the BELC
Missionary E. being honored by Pastor B. Bhasker
Pastors in attendance at the 2018 JAPC
Following the conference Pastor Daub returned to the U.S. and I spent the next few days with Missionary E. visiting a few of the districts of the BELC to teach on-going pastoral training classes and visit with several of the district leaders of the BELC. I have known these men for over twenty years now. I consider them some of my dearest friends and fellow servants in our Savior's Kingdom. I count it a very great blessing from the Lord to be able to visit them in their homes and see how their children have grown. 

Missionary E. and I also had the privilege of being invited to participate in the dedication of a new home and to help celebrate a 60th wedding anniversary of BELC members. 


Husband honors his wife as they celebrate 60 years of marriage 
A true honor to be invited to help them celebrate 60 years of God's grace and mercy on their married life together
I then traveled north, by train, to meet Pastor Jyothi of the CLCI. I was fortunate to be able to preach at an evening Ash Wednesday service at the CLCI headquarters. They also had quite a welcome ceremony planned with singing and dancing by the children. I also got the chance to greet and visit briefly with Pastor V.S. Benjamin and his wife Mary. They are both getting well advanced in years and have had a number of health problems recently. Mary was admitted to the hospital while I was there and was treated for a rather serious kidney infection. She has since returned home on medication and will be re-evaluated in a month with the hopes that they can avoid dialysis or surgery.

Pastor V.S. and Mary Benjamin
Ash Wednesday and Welcome Service
I have to be careful not to mention the specific names of some of the places where I visited and preached because the local government in some of these areas have decided that the current political situation with the pro-Hindu majority party in India presents an opportunity for lining their pockets.

One rather unique experience I had while working with the CLCI was the opportunity to visit a somewhat remote fishing village where there are twenty-five families living. Only one family is Christian, but the father of this family (who was recently converted from Hinduism) is quite diligent in his efforts to proclaim the Good News of Jesus. The CLCI hopes that they will be able to establish a congregation there at some point in the not to distant future. We traveled with the Christian fisherman using the boat that he and his partners rent as commercial fishermen. We traveled to visit a few areas near the village and enjoyed a lunch on a beach. It was low-tide and so the beach was exposed along with lots of crabs running around but nothing else. All you could see from the edge of the this little strip of land was the open waters of the Bay of Bengal.  

Waiting for our boat at the fishing village
Lunch on the beach at the end of mainland India.

They gave us a fishing demonstration and then took a nap for the hour long ride back to the village

There is always the chance in this part of India, under the current pro-Hindu anti-Christian government, that opportunistic police officers will stop the foreigner to see if they can find a reason to line their pockets. So, we stopped at an ancient Hindu temple carved into the side of a stone hill so that we would have some proof of visiting a tourist attraction. This was carved more than 1,000 years ago and is still considered a very holy place by Hindus today. 



Here's my favorite video of a beautiful little girl singing songs of worship to her Lord and Savior...OUR Lord and Savior! Enjoy!



Even amid the government crack-down on Christianity mentioned above, the doors of opportunity to train faithful pastors to proclaim the truth of God’s saving word and start new congregations is overwhelming. There is seemingly no end to the opportunities before us. Pray that the Lord would provide the necessary resources, man-power, courage and zeal to continue in this harvest field that is so ripe for harvest.

After six very busy days with the CLCI of teaching in the mornings and preaching at two or three locations each afternoon/evening I boarded a plane that took me from Vijayawada to Hyderabad in India and then to Singapore and finally to Yangon, Myanmar where I met up with Pastor Dave Koenig. We've been here for a little more than a week and we have about five more days to go until he returns to the U. S. and I continue on to Nepal.