It has been ten years since I left my country to go to America with my family. Coming back after many years make my excitement greater than others. I arrived in the country early than our cohort group, because I want to have the time to spend with my relatives who still live in Yangon. Of course it was priceless time to spend with my relatives and hang out with some of my old friends. I am thankful to Dr. Heather and President Dr. Molly Marshall who allowed this to happen. The country has been developed since I left and is heading toward the path of democracy. This brings me undeniable happiness. It is a blessing and a great experience in my faith journey.
On Monday March 17, we started our first class Transformation Society, and conflicts in ministry at MIT campus. The school campus is beautiful as well as the staff who welcomed us warmly with the smiling faces as brothers and sisters in Christ. One of the great experiences that we have is that the DMin cohort from CBTS and MIT students are in same classrooms, learning, sharing, listening, and challenging each other as well as the professor are from both MIT and CBTS.
It is a little challenge for American students during the meal time, because rice is included in every meal. In the western culture, they are not use to having it every day. We now know how hard it must have been for the MIT students when they came to Shawnee, KS last year especially in meal times. However, even though there were portions that were uncomfortable for each we embrace the each other in love, care, fellowship in Jesus Christ. It reminds us that we all are the body of Christ, and that we have unique talents in our own ways which we received from our Lord. I will like to quote the words of God from Rom 12:16 “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.” The Bible teaches us here to apply and practice what Paul taught us every day of our lives.
Ronald Charles Nunuk
Central DMin Student
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.