I was extremely interested in the August 2008 Adventist World article written by Hans Olson (“Into Myanmar”).
After having spent 17 youthful, happy years as missionaries in Burma (as it was then known), there is a slight correction I must make to a statement Olson made, as follows: “Following the war, cross-cultural missionaries returned until 1962, when the military junta took over Myanmar. [That is the correct date of the changeover.] At that time the 26 missionaries left the country.”
My husband, Frank Wyman, and I, with our 9-year-old son Ralph, left Burma under order of the Burmese government on May 19, 1966. About two weeks later, the late Philip Parker also left. He had previously seen his family off to return to the United States, but he stayed to “hold the fort” until his required departure.
In 1962 we left for furlough, and returned in 1963, hearing of the changes taking place then. We were quickly informed that the Burmese government had nationalized the banks and major businesses in Rangoon, and gradually from there to other cities and towns. Then in 1965, they came to take over our Adventist mission hospital.
Abruptly, one day they came and ordered the foreign doctors and nurses into an office, under guard, and soon gave them their “walking papers.” Dr. Robert Dunn wanted to go back upstairs to check on his surgical patients he’d operated on the day before, but they would not allow him to.
Before long the Burmese government was nationalizing all of the mission schools in the country, regardless of denominations. This went on for months, and it was in March of 1966 that we received our letter of “invitation” to leave Burma within two months. When we finally left, with very heavy hearts, we flew to India, then as a family we headed home to our uncertain future.
The ongoing work of Adventists in Myanmar is being directed by some of our former students and friends. In addition to Adventist Mission there are also the Myanmar Frontier Missions and Gospel Outreach workers carrying the gospel throughout Myanmar.
I applaud the great efforts ADRA/Myanmar workers and other mission officials have made in disaster relief following Cyclone Nargis, which surely devastated areas where we have previously worked.
Washington, United States
Along the Journey
I find this story (“My Journey … So Far,” Adventist World, September 2008) to be a story of inspiration and rebuilding of my mind and spirit—it is wonderful to see if we really let go and let God. The journey may not always be what we want, but the end will always be the greatest outcome. May God continue to bless everyone; He is good.
New York, United States
I am grateful to God and to the entire staff of Adventist World for this timely magazine. From the Editor’s Pen to the Quote of the Month you have met our needs on this campus. God bless you real good!
Esther Olufunmilayo Oyedepo
Babcock University, Nigeria
Blessing From Haiti
I am a young Christian in Haiti and want to congratulate you today for the good you are doing for God. I think that God will never stop blessing you!
Caffeine Linked to Drug Addiction
Your article, “Caffeine—Has the Church Changed Its Stand?” (Adventist World, September 2008) was read with great interest by me for two reasons. The first was I was concerned about how you would relate to the increased use of caffeinated beverages by some of our churches and church members. I am delighted over how plainly the church’s stand was explained. And the reasons for that stand.
The second reason is that for the past two years I have spent many hours researching the negative aspects of caffeine. My search revealed that there is strong circumstantial evidence that poor diet and/or caffeine may cause addiction to alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, and amphetamines. Also that caffeine can serve as a drug reinforcer for those four substances.
As a result of those findings a committee, Citizens Concerned About Addictions, was formed here in Farmington. I am the chairman of that committee. Our local hospital here in Farmington, New Mexico, has given a grant of $5,000 to our committee to prepare a first-class presentation and to begin educating the public. The presentation, entitled “Poor Nutrition, Caffeine, and Addiction” is nearly ready, and a number of people, some with significant educational credentials, have critiqued it. The feedback has been very positive, for which I praise the Lord.
Donald E. Casebolt, MD
New Mexico, United States
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