Transforming lives, Serving the Community in Myanmar

(The war-torn Karen State of Myanmar)

 

[“SHARE” APR – JUN 2021 ] BLESSING BY OFFERING

 

Written by Edward Lai (Senior Communications Officer)

 

 

The situation of Myanmar following a military coup has captured international attention. Apart from mass protests demanding the restoration of the civilian government, tensions rise between the ethnic armed groups and the military junta. Myanmar is a multi-ethnic country, the conflict between the military and ethnic armed groups has lasted since its independence. Since the 1990s, CEDAR has been cooperating with Christian partners in Myanmar to carry out relief and development projects across the country to empower local residents to respond to different regions’ needs.

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Reconciliation Towards an Authentic Community

[“SHARE” APR – JUN 2021 ] BACK TO THE BIBLE

 

Written by: Bernard Wong (Assistant Professor (Theological Studies) and Associate Dean of China Graduate School of Theology, Board Member of CEDAR Fund)

 

 

Scripture reading: Revelation 7:9-12

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“Go on fighting!” Interview with CEDAR’s Acting Chief Executive

Editor’s note: CEDAR turns 30 this year! As our colleagues look back on the past years of poverty alleviation work, what touches us the most is not simply how many people our work has benefited, but the smiles of the poor. CEDAR’s work is not simply to alleviate the poor’s hunger or to give them warmth; it is to show them a life filled with respect and one that is worth living. Under “Focus” of this issue of SHARE, our Acting Chief Executive shares her past 30 years of serving the poor, just like CEDAR’s 30-year mission. “Blessings by Offering” introduces our development work in Myanmar and shares the story of former beneficiaries returning to their villages to rebuild their hometowns. “Back to the Bible” is the passage about peace and reconciliation excerpted from our recently launched Christian devotional app “施予達仁”. We hope that during these tumultuous times, we can still strive to be sons and daughters of peace.

 

[“SHARE” APR-JUN 2021 ] FOCUS

 

Written by: Edward Lai  (Senior Communications Officer)

 

When she was young, she walked through the northwest, southwest and central plains of China. She used to climb mountains and ridges; not to visit the most beautiful lakes and mountains or participate in cross-country competitions. She went to respond to the clear voice in her heart – to serve the poorest of the poor.

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Children Ministry – Commitment and Collaboration

[“SHARE” JAN – MAR 2021 ] Join Hands Join Hearts

 

Written by Clara Chiu (Head of Partnership Development)

 

In order to transform the society, we first have to give children a chance to grow up healthily so that they can become leaders of good character who obey God’s will.

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The Real Meaning Behind “Seventy-seven Times”

[“SHARE” JAN – MAR 2021 ] BACK TO THE BIBLE

 

Written by: Bernard Wong (Assistant Professor (Theological Studies) and Associate Dean of China Graduate School of Theology, Board Member of CEDAR Fund)

 

If a Christian has been wronged, other believers often encourage her to offer forgiveness immediately, for Jesus teaches us to “forgive a brother seventy-seven times.” We may think that a good Christian should endure unfair treatment, and ought to be forgiving under all circumstances. Did Jesus really mean that?

 

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“Give You this Calf as a Mark of Reconciliation” – Road to Reconciliation after the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda

Editor’s note: Looking around the world, we can find that many people in developing countries have suffered from atrocities imposed by state authorities for power struggles. Every killing left all kinds of traumas on victims, making them impossible to look into the future. The “FOCUS” of this issue shares how CEDAR’s partner in Rwanda healed the trauma left over from the genocide against the Tutsi and engaged in community reconciliation work based on cultural traditions. “BACK TO THE BIBLE” explores the scriptural context of “Seventy-seven Times”, bringing out that forgiveness is the voluntary action of the victim, and seeking the truth is the basis for reconciliation. In addition, we share our children and youth development project that CEDAR has been supporting for many years in Zimbabwe.

 

[“SHARE” JAN – MAR 2021 ] FOCUS

 

Written by: Edward Lai  (Senior Communications Officer)

 

“I give you this calf as a mark of reconciliation” says Innocent, a survivor in the genocide in Rwanda.

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