burma orphans

There are Christian groups trying to help the Karen people from Burma. Many of them have fled to the Thai border, but the Thai government is not so happy about having to care for them. This blog is quite powerful in showing what the Christian Karen people are going thru: International Christian Concern’s blog about Karen

There is also a laymen-run SDA organization doing something there too. I’ve met the lady running it, and hope she tries to work more with the SDA organization in the future. At least she seems to be wanting to follow the Bible in most instances, which is great. I met one very elderly NZ lady who has been helping the Karen for many years, and she said that they should take up guns and fight the government! I was shocked, and asked her what Jesus would do. She then asked if i would just sit by why the village was burned and raped and pillaged. I asked her what did Jesus say to do when someone strikes you on your left cheek. So much anger in her…. how can the Karen see the true love of Christ if they are told to fight? I was also told by her that the top Karen rebel leader is/was a Seventh-day Adventist – oh no!!!! No wonder our church is under suspicion in that country: eopmissions.org

home schooling philosophy and curriculum

Home Schooling Philosophy and Curriculum (based on the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy)

The objective is: “the highest development of every power. It means that in the whole being–the body, the mind, as well as the soul–the image of God is to be restored.” (CT)

“Now as never before we need to understand the true science of education. If we fail to understand this, we shall never have a place in the kingdom of God. ‘This is life eternal, that they may know thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.’ If this is the price of heaven, shall not our education be conducted on these lines?” — (Christian Educator, August 1, 1897)

The Bible is the greatest book ever given to humans, and as such, should be the foundation of all education. In practical terms, the Bible can easily be used to teach English (spelling, grammar, and composition), some science (origins especially), a little math, and lots of inspired history with its attendant geography.

“Agriculture is the ABC of industrial education.” (2OM ) To fulfill this “ABC”, a small garden will be started and tended.

“Children are sent to school to be taught the sciences; but the science of human life is wholly neglected. That which is of the most vital importance, a true knowledge of themselves, without which all other science can be of but little advantage, is not brought to their notice. A cruel and wicked ignorance is tolerated in regard to this important question. So closely is health related to our happiness, that we cannot have the latter without the former. A practical knowledge of the science of human life, is necessary in order to glorify God in our bodies. It is therefore of the highest importance, that among the studies selected for childhood, Physiology should occupy the first place.” (HR 1866-08-01) To fulfill this “first place” study, anatomy and health principles will be taught and applied.

“Before children take lessons on the organ or the piano they should be given lessons in cooking. The work of learning to cook need not exclude music, but to learn music is of less importance than to learn how to prepare food that is wholesome and appetizing.” (SW 1901-10-30) While music will take a place in the curriculum (hopefully keyboard and/or guitar), cooking will be even more emphasized. Commom household tasks such as cleaning, sweeping and washing will also be done.

“Regularity should be the rule in all the habits of children.” (CE) “There should be rules, regulating their studies to certain hours, and then a portion of their time should be spent in physical labor.” (22OT) Everything we do will be according to these rules.

“The common branches must be thoroughly mastered, and a knowledge of bookkeeping should be considered as important as a knowledge of grammar. All who expect to engage in the work of the Lord should learn how to keep accounts. In the world there are many who have made a failure of business and are looked upon as dishonest, who are true at heart, but who have failed to succeed because they did not know how to keep accounts.” (CT) Financial fundamentals will be taught by practical things as much as possible, using real money.

“Small children should be left free as lambs to run out of doors, to be free and happy, and be allowed the most favorable opportunities to lay the foundation for sound constitutions.” (22OT) Much time will be spent outdoors in gardening and exercising.

Requirements of teachers:
“If they would gather the children close to them, and show that they love them, and manifest an interest in all their efforts, and even in their sports, and sometimes be even a child among children, they would make the children very happy, would gain their love, and win their confidence. And the children would sooner respect and love the authority of their parents and teachers.” (22OT)

“The principles and habits of the teachers should be considered of greater importance than even his literary qualifications. If the teacher is a sincere Christian, he will feel the necessity of having an equal interest in the physical, mental, moral, and spiritual education of his scholars. In order to exert the right influence, he should have perfect control over himself, and his own heart should be richly imbued with love for his pupils, which will be seen in his looks, words, and acts. He should have firmness of character, then can he mold the minds of his pupils, as well as to instruct them in the sciences. The early education of youth generally shapes their character for life. Those who deal with the young should be very careful to call out the qualities of the mind, that they may better know how to direct their powers, and that they may be exercised to the very best account.” (22OT)

Don’t judge the results based on what is seen after a short time, or by worldly standards:
“But those who make it their object to so educate their pupils that they may see and feel that the power lies in themselves to make men and women of firm principle, qualified for any position in life, are the most useful and permanently successful teachers. Their work may not show to the very best advantage to careless observers, and their labors may not be valued as highly as the teacher who holds the will and mind of his scholars by absolute authority; but the future lives of the pupils will show the fruits of the better plan of education.” (22OT)

“Only those who co-operate with heaven in the plan of salvation can know what true education in its simplicity means.” (CT p.15)

Reference: “What Shall We Teach?” (1PH)
A daily course might look something like this. Regularity will be observed in the overall progression of subjects, but there will not be strict timings for each subject length. So it is possible that if Bible reading goes 1 hour, that there would be no Math that day.

8:00 Worship, praise, and prayer
8:15 Exercise
8:30 Bible reading and English
9:00 Math/Science
9:30 Cleaning and Health/Cooking
10:00 Computer/Finance
10:30 Gardening
11:00 History/Music/Geography/Government/Art This class period would end sometime between 11:40 and 11:50
Note: “/” means that this time period rotates classes. For example, 9:00 would maybe have Math on M,W,F, and Science on Tu,Th.

crawl this all bots

I don’t know why, but for some reason, many of the search engine bots don’t crawl all this blog. It has been a mystery to me for a long time why the pics don’t get indexed, but recently when i put up the link here in this middle section for the ones i took in America, Google and Yahoo still passed me by, but at least Live got me. So now i’m putting up links to all the articles and pics on the right and left sides of this center column, hoping that the search engine bots will crawl and index this site, so that more people can get access to the things here.

























promotion of virtue man kills christian daughter

Saudi man kills daughter for converting to Christianity

Riyadh: A Saudi man working with the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice recently killed his daughter for converting to Christianity.

According to sources close to the victim, the religious police member had cut the tongue of the girl and burned her to death following a heated debate on religion.
Saudi religious scholars have frequently warned against the dangers of Christian internet websites and satellite TV channels which attract Muslim youngsters to change their religion.
Let’s get busier spreading the Good News thru the internet and satellite TV!!!

new features

There are 3 new groupings on the right side of this blog:
articles written by daniel winters

himalayan medical missionary centre


I will try to add things to these areas as soon as i can.  The first additions are the HMMC area – an appeal for funds for a school held inside a church, and a report about elephants rampaging SDA member houses.  HMMC is an organization set up to legally hold meetings and have govt. recognition in a northern Indian state.  As the name implies, the work is not restricted to just india, but stretches from Nepal to Sikkim to West Bengal to Bhutan.  Thank God that India is mostly open to give the Three Angels’ Messages.

Articles will go up as written, and hopefully some good books can be uploaded too, as i have 2 already in my computer, just waiting for a good spot to get uploaded too (after a touch more proofreading).

myanmar cyclone disaster response sda church june 11

Seventh-day Adventist Church

 Disaster Response Committee  

Newsletter      June 11th. 2008 

Our relief team, made up of Pastor Calab Paw. Ministerial Association Secretary, Brother Nelson Hla Pe. Retired worker, Brother Jolly. Union Driver and Gavin Johns. Relief and Resettlement Committee Secretary left Yangon for Bogalay on June 4 and arrived Aung Gone, the nearest village on June 7 at about 3am in the morning. We had about two hours of sleep and then woke-up to go to church. Every Sabbath morning, the members gather at about six A.M to attend morning worship at the church. Later they invited us to attend a thanksgiving and house dedication service in the village. We are told there was another thanksgiving after the church and were invited to attend that service also.  

Though we were requested to give an encouragement talk during these services, actually, we were blessed to attend those gatherings. Just to think that these people, even though they had gone through such difficulties and bad experiences could praise and thank GOD for HIS blessings and celebrate with friends.  

Due to the donation from a local NGO, Myitha Foundation, we were able to distribute some rice, cooking oil, chilies to all the villagers. The Myanmar Bible Society helped us to freely distribute Bibles in the Karen language to the church members, of which they were very grateful to receive. We received one hundred Dignity kits and twenty Child Delivery Kits from the UNFPA which was distributed among the women as needed. The church was able to provide the farmers from Aung Gone with a hand tractor and two barrels of Diesel to plant the new crops and this is a great help for them to survival for the next season. Altogether, we were able to assist 1023 households. 

Our next plan is to get seeds for the farmers and provide them with sufficient safe drinking water and uniforms for the students attending school. The students are still in need of books and stationeries and we are negotiating for these items.  

Our team returned on June 11 and it was a blessed trip for us to witness the faith and graduate of these people as they praised and thanked the LORD for HIS goodness and mercy. Altogether, we were invited to three thanksgiving services. Due to the monsoons, our travel between the villages and to Bogalay was a little scary but GOD was good and gave us HIS traveling mercies.  

myanmar cyclone disaster response sda church june 3

Seventh-day Adventist Church
Disaster Response Committee

    June 3rd. 2008

Today, make one month for the destruction caused by the Nargis Cyclone in Myanmar. The church members in Ayeyarwaddy and Yangon are still suffering from the affects of this dreadful disaster. Though the saying goes, as “Time will heal” it is still too early to say this for the people of Myanmar. The total death roll has exceeded to about 134,000 and it has left thousands in sorrow, despair, loss and no prospects for the future. Nevertheless, GOD has not left HIS people without hope. HE has used many of his devoted stewards to pray and support the church in responding to the needs of HIS children.

On hearing of the disaster in Myanmar, the Adventist Southeast Asia Projects (ASAP) sent her representative to visit the church in Myanmar and donated towards the needs as seen. With the assistance received a relief response group headed by the Union President, Pastor Muller Kyaw visited Myaungmya and were able to meet with the cyclone victims there. On the way, we were able to meet with two families from the church, living at Zee Pwue Kyung and encourage them. These two families had lost their homes and so were very happy to receive donations in cash towards building their homes again.

Later on as the team arrived at Myaungmya, we met with the flood victims and had a chance to listen to their first hand experiences during the cyclone. We had heard how GOD had miraculously saved them and their families during these difficult times. Even though some had lost their loved ones, it was definite that without the “Protecting Hands” of GOD things would have been much worse for them. During our visit to Myaungmya we were able to provide some funds for food at the refugee camps and towards some farmers to plow their fields and start planting rice for this season.

official newsletter of myanmar sda disaster response committee

Seventh-day Adventist Church (Myanmar)

Disaster Response Committee

May 28th. 2008
The Nargas cyclone hit Myanmar on the noon of May 2nd. 2008 and had left a trail of effects that will take much time to erase from the memory of the people of Myanmar. People have lost their homes, loved ones and everything that could be named after them. They are left destitute, lonely, frightened and with not future of their own. In just one night the rich and poor, the high and the lowly, were all made of no distinction.

    The Nargas cyclone has left about 77,700 people dead, another 55,900 missing with no trace of their whereabouts, about 110,000 displaced people at the various settlement camps. The total effected population is about 2.5 millions. The United Nations has only been able to assist about a quarter of these destitute and homeless people. 

    The Seventh-day Adventist Church has not been able to cope with the damage caused among it’s church members also. Within the two effected regions, Yangon and Ayeyarwaddy, about 2500 church members, 650 households have been effected. The death roll has reached 36 now. Nearly forty children are left orphans. Schools are opening next week and they have no prospect of attending school this year. The monsoons has already started and people have no shelter to protect themselves from the rains. With the rains the rice planting season starts and where are they going to get the needed seeds for the new crops? The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a great challenge to assist her members to survive and have a normal life in the future.

    A Disaster Response Committee was formed under the leadership of the Union President as the chairman, with the responsibility to plan on the relief and resettlement for the effected church members of the Ayeyarwaddy and Yangon area. The committee is made up of the following members:

    Muller Kyaw   (chairman)
    Gavin Johns   (Secretary)
    Htwe Lay   (Member)
    Shine Tha   —ditto—
    Khin Maung Lwin —ditto—
    Maung Maung Htay —ditto—

    After forming the disaster response committee, on the very next day (May 22, 2008), the chairman and some members left for Bogalay, one of the heavily damaged areas. They were accompanied with 500 blankets, 300 grass mats, 150 mosquito nets, 70 cans of cooking oil and two large boxes of water purification tablets to be distributed among the church members. These items were donated by a local NGO called Myitha Foundation. Though it was raining heavy, the relief response group left home with the items for distribution. On arrival at the site, the relief response group traveled to Aung Gone, Auksukwin, Kyaing Chaung and Aseagyi villages and meet with the church members there. As the group saw the disaster and needs of the villagers they could not help but distribute the relief items to every villager either member of not. In addition to the above mentioned items 12,500 KG of rice was purchased at the cost of 3977USD and distributed among the villagers. The total beneficiaries on this trip are 1,500 persons and this includes 983 non-Adventist. Most of the beneficiaries were not Seventh-day Adventist but they were so glad to receive assistance from the Adventist church. Most of the church groups were only concerned about their  members but when the Adventist church showed their concern for all the affected ones this broke down all barriers and healed the gap that existed previous to this Nargis cyclone hitting Myanmar.

    The church at Aung Gone was very old and collapsed during the storm but the school-building donated by Mr. G. McNeilus came to be know as “Noah’s Ark” after this accident. All the houses and churches were destroyed during this storm and tidal waves rising up to about 15 feet in some places, but this school-building was able to withstand the winds and waves. The whole village was able to find shelter from the storm. Everybody had to admit that GOD was great. 

    Auksukwin village experienced another miracle. As the wind was blowing at it’s strongest the Adventist church was carried away, and landed upright, in it’s original position about eight feet away . The members are still using this church for their worship service. GOD has proved HIMSELF so that even nonbelievers have been convinced of the power of GOD.

    On the 26th of May, the church Health Department Director, Dr. Htwe Lay accompanied a medical team composed of three professors and eight post graduate students from the School of Public Health, under the national Ministry of Health, and left for Myaung Mya and Laputa to provide relief and disease prevention among the cyclone victims. They plan to stay there for a week and return to Yangon.  

The Miracle Bible      

Saw Robert and his family lived at the Phena Gone village and attend church there. On the 2nd of May they had their morning devotion and after their devotion, Saw Robert kept the bible he had used for the devotion on top of the book shelf. Actually this was his son’s bible that they had used this morning. 

Later that day as the wind became stronger and the tidal waves came in Saw Robert and the family became concerned for their safety. Very soon their kitchen collapsed and they were forced to take shelter in the house church near by. As the storm subsided and they were able to return to their house, they found their house flat on the ground. The wind and the tidal waves had flatten their house. Now they were only able to seek and save the little that was left after the heavy rain and the flood of  eight feet in height. But actually, there was not much to save. All of a sudden, Saw Robert came across the bible that they used that morning for their devotion and noticed as he held it in his hand that it was dry and clean as he had left it on the book shelf that day. It was a worn out and well used bible with no zipper or anything to protect it. But GOD had protected it for HIS glory. The bible had not only withstood the heavy rain and wind but a flood of water eight feet high.

If GOD could preserve HIS bible do we have anything to be afraid of in life? GOD had proven HIMSELF to mankind.

If In need of further information – Please contact:

Muller Kyaw (Union President)

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Gavin Johns (Director, Philanthropic)
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