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Let’s fill a shipping container!

Ever since we started back in February 2018, M2M has received many tangible donations such as kids clothes, stationery, haberdashery and laptops.

Normally we ask our missionary friends to carry light tangible goods with them on their flight to Myanmar. As most of you are aware, there are limits to how much one can carry on an airplane.

Now that the Yangon campus is home to 135 kids and 7 staff members, the need for clothes and stationery has grown immensely. Not only has there been an increase in demand for these essentials but also, there has been a sharp increase in the weight and volume of these essential items.

There are some other items on the list that are too bulky and too heavy for one to check-in. This is why we have decided to send a 20-foot shipping container to Yangon.

Below is the shipping schedule so please save these important dates.

 

Shipping schedule

Shipping Schedule v2

Loading the container

We have made arrangements for loading the shipping container.

An empty container will be delivered to a venue in East Brisbane in late January and we will have approximately 10 days to fill the container before the truck comes back to collect the container.

We will reveal the exact location in January 2020.

 

List of wanted items

Please click here to see the list of items that we would like to send to Myanmar by ship.

 

Where to store the items before the container becomes available?

At this stage, we do not have a temporary storage space for collecting items before the container becomes available for loading.

Two directors on the board have one extra guest bedroom in their homes which they will use as a temporary storage space until the container is delivered to East Brisbane. Unless you have a spare garage or a shed, you can do the same as well.

 

How can you help?

If you have a spare garage or shed which you rarely use and you don't mind having some bulky items for a short time, please write to info@mission2myanmar.org

You can send the list of wanted items to your family, friends and co-workers. Don't be shy. You will never know unless you ask.

The more people who knows about this project, the more likely we will fill the shipping container before the ship leaves Port Brisbane in February!

 

What if I don't have any items to donate?

That's ok, because there is always another way for you to support this project.

Donations are welcome because every little bit helps.

The fastest and easiest way to donate is through PayPal.  To use this service, please click here.

If you would rather send money by bank transfer instead, please use our banking details below.

Bank name:  Suncorp Bank
BSB number:  484 799
Account number:  167 371 217
Account name:  Mission2Myanmar Ltd
Reference: Shipping

 

What if I live outside Brisbane?

If you live interstate and you would like to support this project by donating tangible items, please call Paul on 0452 447 828 or write to paul@mission2myanmar.org

The Yangon campus needs a new kitchen

There is an urgent building project at the Yangon campus. The Yangon campus needs a new kitchen to be able to feed up to 150 people, 3 times a day.

For more information, please click here to download the PowerPoint slideshow and then, watch the corresponding YouTube video clip below.

Update on the land expansion project

As many of you are already aware, in mid-November 2018, Pastor David legally acquired a large block of land which previously belonged to his landlord.  There has been some progress on this land expansion project since then.

The new block of land now has a new fence around its perimeter and the land has been leveled and it has been cleared of overgrown grass and weeds.

Below are some photos and if you scroll further down, then you will find links to video clips.

The block of land was full of overgrown grass and weeds when it was acquired
The new fence is still under construction
Tractor just started the long task of clearing the land
Now one can walk across the block of land

A lot more progress has been made on clearing the land than what you can see in the photo gallery above.  Please click on the links below to watch some video clips.

Before the land clearing operation started

Leveling and clearing in progress

Leveled land without any weeds

Land cleared and leveled in 4 days

Work on the new fence

Work on the new fence continued

 

The next step is for Pastor David to employ an engineer to inspect and survey the land for future building and agricultural projects.

We will post another blog after we receive the engineer's report.

There’s something in the water

Sorry to disappoint you but there's nothing in the water worth worrying about because the water is safe for drinking!

We are very pleased to inform you that a new water purifier has been installed at the orphanage.

From now on all the school children and all the orphan kids at the Yangon campus have access to clean drinking water. Please watch the video below.

The new building is ready to accept enrolments

The Mission2Myanmar is very pleased to inform you that the construction of the new building is finished.  Furthermore, the new building is ready to accept enrolments for the next school year in Myanmar which usually starts on the 1st of June.

Please have a look at the photo gallery below and then, after that, you can watch the latest videos of the new building.

Watch the latest video clips

The side of Myanmar that you don’t see on TV

Some people will tell you that visiting another country is always a pleasure but living in another country is a completely different experience. That is so true.

The experience of living in a developing country is rarely documented by the press with accuracy. Would you like to know how most people live in Myanmar? Over the next 10 minutes as you continue reading this blog post, you're going to see the side of Myanmar that you don't see on TV.

Before you look at the photos below, the author would like to ask you a question.

Just out of interest, do you have a local council that collects the rubbish on your street every week?

Most people in Myanmar don't have the luxury of a council waste collection and so, the rubbish accumulates for miles, almost as far as the eye can see.

Trash stretches as far as the eye can see
Stop for a conversation on a road which has plenty of rubbish on both sides
One man's trash is another man's treasure

The author would like to ask you some questions about your dwelling.

Do you have a roof over your head that provides shelter against the elements?

Does your dwelling come with window-locks and locked doors for security?

Did you know that many people in Myanmar live in tents?

Please review the pictures below.

But not everybody has a roof over their heads.  In the two photos below you will see three children who live on the street.  They have no home and no education.

Three homeless and uneducated children
At least one kitten brings the boys some joy

Very poor families live like this

Living in extreme poverty
Underdeveloped kitchen with gas bottles
Rustic toilet

 

 

 

 

Many people have been affected by flooding

 

 

 

 

Did you know that people use that water for drinking and cooking?

 

 

 

Interestingly enough, some people catch fish from dirty puddles of stagnant rain water, right next to where they live.

Money, housing, food and clean water are challenges that so many people face every day in Myanmar but that's not all. Have a look at the conditions of the road below.

Long walk along a sandy road for those who don't have their own transport
Long walk along a sandy road for those who don't have their own transport

Along the streets you don't have to go very far to find a homeless child rummaging through the trash. In the two photos below you will see a child looking for items of value that he can sell for food.

Having a private shower in a bathroom which has a locked door and translucent glass windows is another luxury item that so many people living in first world countries take for granted. Below is a series of photos of boys having an outdoor shower together.

Now that you know what it's really like to live in Myanmar, it's time to do something about it.

The Mission2Myanmar will do everything it can to relieve the suffering of so many needy people living in Myanmar by providing...

  • clean water
  • reliable power
  • better quality food
  • beds for the homeless
  • clothing for children
  • education
  • computers with internet connections

...but we can't do this without your help. If you would like to donate, please click here.

New building under construction

In a recent phone conversation between Paul and Pastor David Ling over Facebook Messenger, Pastor David indicated that there is a new building on his block of land which is still under construction.

To learn more about this project, please read Pastor David’s email and then, you can review the photo gallery below.

 

Dear Brother Paul,

I hope you'll be thrilled to see the pictures. Children are very happy to see the progress of their new home every day. This is the first building with bricks and iron to make it strong and safe for the children to stay in. The agreement between the contractor and I is that he should properly complete this building and hand it over to me by the end of March 2018. 

The other equipment that we'll need to have after completion of the construction work are

  • 24 bunkbeds
  • 15 desks with 15 benches
  • teachers' tables and chairs with the whiteboard
  • children's cupboards
  • electricity equipment for the new building (no electricity at present)
  • water pipeline equipment for the new building and water container or water tank.

 

At the moment I don't know the cost of all that I mentioned just above. I'll inquire the shops or people who know the prices and let you know later. My prayer and plan is that this new building must be well-equipped for ready use before the new academic year begins in June 2018. We expect 40 children to stay in this new building from the new academic year 2018-2019.

Thank you for standing with us in love in action. May the Lord help you and your team members to stand strong with us in building people of next generation leadership for the nation and the kingdom of God. This generation is our responsibility. Jesus' Last Command is our First Concern! I strongly believe you have heard from God "a Macedonian Call" for Myanmar.

Together in His amazing service,

Ps David Ling

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Rev. Dr. David Ling

Founder/President

Myanmar Institute of Mission & Research

Yangon, Myanmar

 

In relation to Pastor David’s email, the team at Mission2Myanmar will pray for the completion of the building in a timely manner.  However, there is another prayer request from Pastor David which was communicated to Paul over the phone.  Pastor David wants to obtain official permission from the Myanmar Government to open a private school, in the new building.

In the future the team at Mission2Myanmar will circulate messages from Pastor David to our members by email.  If you would like to keep up to date with the latest developments in Myanmar, please consider becoming a member.  For more information about membership, please click here.

Here is the photo gallery.