Greetings from Myanmar
Methodist President in Derby visit
The President of the Methodist Church in Upper Myanmar was welcomed to Derby last month.
The Revd Dr James Ngun Hlei came to Sinfin, having spent a week at a conference in Ireland. Revd Susan McIvor, Minister of Sinfin Moor Church, has visited Burma on a number of occasions, where she met and became friends with James and his wife.
As part of the visit, James was invited to an open evening at Susan's home on 23rd February where more than 30 people gathered to welcome him and to learn of the work in which he is involved. He was presented with a pair of Union Jack socks as a small reminder of his time in this Country!
The Methodist mission began in Upper Myanmar (formerly Upper Burma) in 1887, and so marked its 125th anniversary in 2012. Today there are over 180 congregations, with more than 25,000 members in the church. Around 4% of the country’s population is Christian, including Roman Catholics, Orthodox and a number of protestant denominations. Missionaries were expelled from there in 1966, but the indigenous Burmese church does much missionary work.
James with Susan McIvor
(Source: Vince Martin)