Bamboo, bunting, oriental umbrellas and a scattering of lamps and lanterns set the stage for our latest ‘Experience Burma’ presentations. Consisting of short films, live music and authentic Burmese food, these presentations provided an ideal platform to share some of our recent video projects filmed during Media2Go’13.
The packed program included videos highlighting the stories of “nothing fancy” individuals making waves as they follow God in Burma (now officially Myanmar). Stories such as: ‘Corina‘, a faithful Burmese teacher providing education for orphans in one of Thailand’s largest refugee camps. Then there was ‘Meet Ray’, the story of a long term foreign worker and his family who are partnering with Burmese to provide shelter, education and employment opportunities for refugees on the Thai/Burma border. To cap off the presentations we heard reports of a rapidly expanding indigenous church planting movement inside Burma where healings, baptisms, discipleship, and leadership training are all a part of everyday life.
Given the impacting nature of these stories, when viewed back to back it can all be a bit overwhelming. What could be better to provide breathing room than live performances by ‘Vole and the Mole’ (Tundra Vole & friends). One of the more poignant moments followed the ‘Corina’ video when one of our team members performed ‘Come be You’, a very personal song she wrote to invite God’s presence into the tension between grief and celebration.
In addition to the feast of audio visuals, guests savored in the flavors of authentic Burmese food prepared by ‘Hat Zaw Variety Rice‘, a Burmese catering team kick-started by Strategic Community Assistance for Refugee Families (SCARF). Later in the evening we served bubble tea. Although not traditionally from Burma or Thailand for that matter, it’s a popular refreshment on the Thai side of the border.
The Create Emerge team relish the opportunity to display God at work amidst difficult situations in the world. We pray that these presentations, filled with stories of hope, expand what our audience thinks is possible with God working in and through their lives.