Mission in a New Way
Each year faculty and students from Central go to Myanmar (Burma) on a missional pilgrimage. This wonderful opportunity to visit with Christian sisters and brothers in a historic and beleaguered land calls us to reflect on how to think about the practice of mission in our day.
A Creative Response
Thanks to the generosity of the Henry Luce Foundation, each new group of create master of divinity students have experienced a pilgrimage experience to Myanmar (Burma). This year, to complete the immersion experience, the students were assigned 10 hours of community service each for the ministry with refugees from Myanmar through the Bethel Neighborhood Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
In October, thirteen students from the Doctor of Ministry program Central Seminary shares with the Myanmar Institute of Theology (MIT) travelled from Myanmar (Burma) for classes at Central. What these students experienced is empowering their ministries at home in Myanmar. One student told President Marshall "you are touching my area—indeed, all of Myanmar—through MIT."
Gospel in Action
One of the experiences that make an impact on the students who go to Myanmar on pilgrimage each year is a visit to Ywama Baptist Church in Yangon. The Ywama Medical Clinic is staffed on Sundays by volunteer medical personnel who are members of the Ywama Baptist Church and see the clinic as their ministry. They are able to treat each person for what would be the equivalent in Myanmar of a day's wage - $1.