Learning how to use chopsticks

Today I ate breakfast with Jose and Terry in the hotel cafeteria. Terry showed me how to use chopsticks. I had previously avoided using chopsticks because I thought that it was too hard to learn. Well…it is hard. Still, I managed to eat a small plate of rice before exiting to write this blog. During the process of eating the rice my hand began to cramp. I also had to analyze and adjust how I was approaching my task. By the end of the experience I had created my own technique for using chopsticks and was extremely proud of myself for trying something new. Humbly, I admit I still have much more to learn; that’s fine with me.

This experience is directly correlated to my Christian walk…..

I thank God for keeping me, for loving me, and for teaching me. Thank you God for your love through the process of life.

Sylvester Holmes
Central create scholar 

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My Experience:

Paw Lu


I belong to the Kachin ethnic group in Myanmar. I am now serving as an associate minister at a Baptist church in Kachin State, which is in the northern part of Myanmar.  We have over 7000 church members at my church.

I have been in ministry for over 17 years. I know that in order to lead my congregation effectively, I need more education. I believe that this D.Min. program will enhance my ministry today and into the future.

Learning together with other students from Myanmar has been very valuable for me. I have enjoyed living together. I have also learned from the Shawnee D.Min. students as well.  It is good to be able to appreciate each other’s cultures and ministry experiences.

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