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
The Nashville cohort just completed our first class with Dr. Molly T. Marshall at Conception Abbey and I am still processing all that transpired in my heart during that time. Being at the Abbey allowed us to share our stories and get to know one another in a way that enabled community to happen. The rhythm of prayer and quietude inspired the kind of contemplation introduced to us in the books we read in preparation for the class. Dr. Marshall’s focused discussion about creativity and spirituality enabled us to consider the road ahead and how we will practice spirituality as a community and as individual ministers in the work we do. I am honored and thrilled to be a part of the CBTS community. It is just the beginning and I am excited about what lies ahead!