Homecoming with MIT

Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2012

    MIT YangonReturning to our sister school is a homecoming, at least for those of us who have been there repeatedly over the past several years.  We know names and recognize faces and are greeted in joyful reunion.  A good Burmese lunch is always welcoming, too.

    President Marshall teaches at MITAs Central and MIT students began to interact, they also began to sense their commonality as seminarians facing challenges and a sense of calling to engage realities whose magnitude they are only beginning to fathom.  I give thanks to God for each of them, for they have vision and zeal and fresh creativity to renew the church's mission of reconciliation.  God is already powerfully at work in their lives, forming them in the likeness of Christ as graceful instruments of the Spirit.

    I also give thanks for the faculty of MIT whose faithfulness offers a Baptist witness of holy dissent.  Despite minority status religiously and severe limitations financially, they find a way to shape lives who embody Christ's way of peace and justice in a conflicted land.

    As always, it was good to share time with Principal Samuel Ling, whose schedule sounds much like my own:  preach, raise funds; teach, raise funds; meet with leaders, raise funds--you begin to sense the pattern!  I am grateful for his vibrant leadership and sheer perseverance as he sees a new building rising behind the old classroom building.  He says, "it will solve many of our problems."  I pray so!

    CBTS and MIT students at lectureFaculty and students of MIT challenge us about how we use our religious liberty in a democracy.  If America is a so-called Christian nation, then why are things not better there?  Why is their war, poverty, and racial injustice? They pointedly remind us that our faith should be a transformative agent of salt and light in our culture, too.

    This morning we depart for Mandalay and Bagan, ready to learn more about the history and culture of this land.  Thankfully, we will have more time with our sisters and brothers at MIT before we leave Myanmar.

    Molly T. Marshall