Dr. John Park, Des Peres Assistant Professor of Congregational Health and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, will lead a full day of church leadership training for the alumni/ae of Lisu Theological Seminary in Myanmar at the end of February.
“Two of my students in the CBTS/MIT 2018 cohort, Hsi Ya Da (also known as Nana) and Mya Thandar Soe, invited me to come visit their school and give their constituents words of encouragement when they were at Central back in 2018,” said Park. “Although I thought it would be great to visit, other matters took precedence.”
Park felt compelled to visit these students during this year’s scheduled trip to Myanmar, so he contacted them to see how he might render his service while there. As a result, Dr. Ah Li Yang, principal of Lisu Theological Seminary of Myanmar where the two DMin students serve as faculty, sent Park an invitation letter to come to them to provide the leadership training. He also extended an invitation to the DMin Director to give the commencement address for their 44th commencement ceremony on March 1.
Said Park about this honor, “This is the very first time for me to give a commencement speech. Not only do I feel much honor to be asked to speak, I also feel a sense of responsibility as I give the graduates a charge.”
Dr. Park will arrive in Myanmar on February 26 and lead the training on the 28th. After the commencement service that Sunday, he will travel to Myitkyina on March 3, the capital of northern Myanmar’s Kachin state and meet with Central’s alums and encourage them. He then will head to Yangon on March 5 where he’ll be teaching a class and attend to administrative needs with MIT faculty members and the students of the CBTS/MIT joint program. This is the first time Park visits the places where the students minister, and it will strengthen Central’s relationship with the students, alumni/ae, and their constituents.