Friends of Burma, Inc. Newsletter Spring 2020

We thank the Lord for His faithfulness, mercy and unending love. "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:22-23).  In this time of pandemic and uncertainty, we pray for those who are sick to receive healing and the safety of all healthcare and other front line workers. We ask for God’s protection, trusting His promises in the Bible. In this Spring Newsletter, we want to share the great things that the Lord has done through FOB and many supporters of FOB for the people of Burma.

We rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn because we are in the family of Christ.  We are sad to report the passing of our dear friend and former FOB board member, Rev. Dr. David Horton.

David E. Horton of Phoenix, AZ died April 7. Born December 10, 1931 in Fort Wayne to Thomas and Bernice Horton.  Dave graduated from Northside HS in 1949 and served in the Air Force dur…

Friends of Burma Annual Report 2019

Overview. Looking back over the last year I am pleased with everything we accomplished. While we are a small organization, we have a very dedicated board which works hard and gives generously. We are supported by a core of donors who faithfully support the work in Burma, many of them for many years. Last year $496,486 was entrusted to us which we passed on to our programs in Burma (Myanmar). Our three largest programs are 1. Orphan support, 2. Sowards Memorial Scholarships and 3. Medical support. About $200,000 of that income was from partner organizations which we passed on to their programs which ranged from Leprosy Hospital, Bible Schools, Deaf School, medical care in the Chin state and graduates of Child Care Centers. So between our programs and their programs, we had a profound effect on the lives of a good number of persons in Burma.

We support 119 children in Child Care Centers with $43,057. Childcare is a more accurate term since many are not orphans, but desperately poor chil…

Friends of Burma, Inc. Newsletter Fall 2019

Annual Board Meeting (2019) Friends of Burma annual board meeting was held on July 20, 2019 at Fort Wayne, Indiana. Neil and Diana Sowards (Fort Wayne, IN), Anna Barbara Maung (Fort Wayne, IN), John Peterson (DeKalb, IL), May Pearl Cartee (Ann Arbor, MI), Adam and Tansy Maung (Phoenix, AZ), Phil Schock (Camas, WA), Sung Cer (Battle Creek, MI), Htaw Htoo (Indianapolis, IN) and John Gravley (Kansas) attended  the meeting. Lwin Moe (Toronto, Canada) and Show Ei Ei Tun (Maryland, now based in Rangoon, Burma) also attended remotely via Facebook Messenger.

Htoo Khu (KBC Clinic, Myanmar), Mary Wood, Nay Tar Mu, Kaw Khu (Kawthoolei) also participated in the meeting as special guests. Nay Tar Mu and Kaw Khu were from Kawthoolei at the Thai-Burma border, and now studying at the Central Baptist Seminary in Kansas. The students gave a presentation and were presented with scholarship awards for their studies at Central Baptist Seminary. Thank you all volunteer board members who drove and flew fro…

Looking for a board member

Dear Friend of Friends of Burma, Inc.,

Friends of Burma, Inc is an incorporated 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. It is governed by a sixteen member board that meets once a year alternating between Peoria (Phoenix, AZ) and Fort Wayne, IN. Between meetings motions are voted on by e-mail.

One of our board members has elected not to run again so we are looking for a board member. Terms are for five years.

The board is a mixture of Burmese and White Americans, Middle aged and old. Oops, senior citizens!

Most board members support FOB financially unless they contribute a needed skill. We are looking for a board member very interested in helping the Burmese. Since all of our board members are over 40, a younger person might be of special interest.

FOB has no stipend for the board members, as our organization is almost completely volunteer. You have the gratitude of the Burmese people for what you do. Board members travel to the annual meeting at their own expense.

So, if you are interested …

Friends of Burma, Inc. Newsletter Spring 2019

Friends of Burma Annual Report 2018

"Pure unsoiled religion in the judgment of God the Father means this: to care for *orphans and widows in their trouble….." (James 1:27) *As in Matthew, the word implies personal service and help. [James Moffatt translation.]

When Friends of Burma first began in 1985, we focused on higher education primarily. In the 1990's the Karen Baptist Convention (KBC) began operating orphanages for the many children who were products of unrest in Karen and Shan states, and for children of very poor villages. Thus, FOB began supporting orphans.

We now support nine childcare centers under the KBC, one under the supervision of the Loikaw Baptist church, and one long time independent facility in Taunggyi, which was originally started by 3 sisters. Although there are other donors who give support, our support is crucial for the continued survival of the KBC facilities. Here is a success story for one of the orphans.

Naw Esther, first arrived at the orphanage on June 1, 1998 and began sch…

Friends of Burma, Inc. Newsletter Fall 2018