Myanmar, Here We Come!
|Pagodas showed how dominant Buddhism is in Myanmar.|
|Quick prayer before departure|
|Getting ready for a LONG van ride. (8 hours to be exact.)|
|We have thanaka on our faces. Apart from cosmetic purposes, thanaka|
also gives a cooling sensation and prevents sunburns.
|A typical gas station. Anyone in Myanmar is permitted to|
sell gasoline which is why the prices are really low.
|Low face-value bills are used again and again.|
|While the overall economy of Myanmar is too good, the|
country's agriculture is nothing to worry about.
|The accommodations for our week in Lashio, Myanmar.|
New Faces, New Places
Holy Light School
Holy Light School is a Christian school for kids from grades 1 through 12. One might think that it would be very crowded, but few students ever make it to high school.
|A couple of first graders greeting us!|
|Some of the money sent from Concordia is used to help provide|
breakfast for 100 students who don't have enough to eat.
|The children are very thankful for their meal.|
|The breakfast is simple rice porridge. It may have seemed plain to us......|
|Aside from providing tuition and meals for students, Concordia|
also donates textbooks and teaching materials to Holy Light School.
|One of the school's top students performs an amazing "peacock dance".|
|Each meal we have at the school is carefully prepared. The dishes|
we eat are usually served during new year celebrations.
Brrring! Time For Class
During the week, our team was split into teams of two. Student teams taught Chinese and Science while Teacher teams held Chinese and computer workshops for the local instructors.
|First Chinese class with my teammate Queenie|
|Students listening attentively|
|Students' work on display|
|In class demonstrations|
|Preparing class materials|
|Students testing out science toys outside|
|Chinese workshop for teachers of Lashio|
Shock! Enlightenment! Home Visits!
After teaching at school, we had the opportunity to visit the homes of some of the students. These visits revealed more of the lives students had to go through each day.
|Why do I complain about hour-long bus rides when students trek through miles of mud in the morning to get to school?|
|Some families raise pigs in their backyard.|
Fun, Family, Forever.
Holy Light School has a program called Student Center. Twelve outstanding students that can't go home on a daily basis are selected to be a part of this group. They live in the school dorms and participate in study sessions and Christian fellowships together. Our team had the opportunity to meet with these mature, hard-working students.
|Icebreakers to start things off|
|Having one-on-one conversations with the students.|
|After getting to know one another, we prayed for each other.|
Guo-Yu Elementary School
While the main focus of our trip was Holy Light School, we made a detour to another school in the Lashio area. At Guo-Yu Elementary School, we played and danced with the children.
|Upon arrival, all of the students lined up outside to welcome us.|
On our last day in Lashio, our team attended Sunday Worship at Holy Light School with students and teachers. Saying goodbye to so many friends made everyone teary-eyed to say the least.
Myanmar, thanks for everything. It was an
unbelievable journey for each and every one of us. See you all soon.
Young Justin Hsu