Many of you have been following Erin’s recent journey in her desire to participate in a short-term medical mission trip. She was scheduled to depart for Myanmar on January 14th. But, the Myanmar government wouldn’t approve the travel visas, and the group never departed. We had many discussions with friends about God’s sovereignty and His plan. Why would God not want a group of medical missionaries to share their abilities and Christ’s love with a country that is 89% Buddhist?
By no means do we claim that we know the answer to that question. But, here are some interesting things that have been revealed since the trip to Myanmar was canceled:
January 12th – The UN Security Council vetoed a US draft resolution urging Myanmar’s rulers to free all political detainees and end military sexual violence.
January 19th – Erin was approved to participate in a two week medical mission trip to North Africa.
January 21st – The UK’s Telegraph uncovers a memo from the Myanmar government titled “Program to destroy the Christian religion in Burma (Myanmar)” calling for the imprisonment of any Christian caught evangelizing.
January 22nd – India announces that they will provide weapons to Myanmar in violation of the U.S. lead arms embargo on Myanmar.
January 23rd – In his State of the Union speech, President Bush called for concerted action to help restore democracy in Myanmar.
Many of us prayed that God would open the doors to Myanmar and allow the medical trip to take place. Praise God that sometimes He answers our prayers with a resounding NO.