Burma, or Mynamar as it is now sometimes known, is a place that the west has not known much about due to the military government that ran the country for much of the 20th Century.
However, Burma is opening itself up to tourists from across the world thanks to the election of more moderate leaders such as Aung San Suu Kyi.
Our very own intrepid explorer Susy Martin has recently returned from Burma, after her 2nd visit, and whilst there has met many inspiring people, learnt lots of interesting facts about the country and taken many photographs (many of them of washing!).
She brought Burma to life for us in a fabulous hour long talk on Wednesday 11th May 2016.
Following in the footsteps of the Methodist missionaries that worked in Burma during the 1950s and 1960s, Susy and several other Methodists set out on a voyage of discovery to this once hostile land. There she found that the people were extremely welcoming and eager to show off their homeland, refusing to take any payment for the meals they provided for their guests. As well as seeing the current capital, Naypyidaw, and many former capitals on the tourist trail, Susy and her friends spent many days travelling well off the beaten path to towns and villages devastated by natural disasters.
There they witnessed attempts to rebuilt whole communities in time for this year’s monsoon season. Instead of simply building new homes on the level where they will be at risk of future flooding, many houses are now being built on stilts, raising them above the level of the water. Unfortunately, even with the best intentions, many villages will still not be complete when the rains come.
Whilst there, Susy and her friends were welcomed into acts of worship in several different Methodist churches, even meeting the President of the Methodist Conference, Burma! Despite having to travel many days across the country and having their vehicle commandeered by the Burmese president, Susy had nothing but happy memories of her time in this fabulous country and hopes to return again in the future.
If you would like Susy Martin to come and give her talk to your church or group please contact her.