Snow (seated second from the left) with the Karen Community
This project offers a variety of unique opportunities for clergy and lay people from ABM’s partner churches overseas. One of the
most recent experiences has been that of Nant Hnin Hnin Aye (Snow). The recipient of the first
scholarship in partnership with the Church of the Province of Myanmar, Snow is studying for a PHD in Theology at Trinity College in Melbourne.
Snow recently gave ABM an update on her progress at Trinity College, sharing some of the joys and challenges of her time in Australia over the last year:
“I had a wonderful experience of the traditional Anglican services during the Holy Week, at Trinity College Chapel in Melbourne. It gave me a new experience, and a feeling of wonder and awe amongst the Western tradition… I also took more time in selfreflection and meditation, to defeat my feelings of homesickness during this time. (At home in Myanmar, Easter is a big community celebration.)
“During the last week of March, we had a multicultural event at Trinity College, organised by Trinity College Foundation Studies. Students from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Australia all took part in running the event, to celebrate the theme of community and diversity. As I am from the ‘Karen’ tribe of Myanmar, I helped at the Karen community stall, along with other Karen students from the Trinity Theological School.
“Around 250 students from North Melbourne Primary School came on the day, from Years 4, 5 and 6. The kids enjoyed exploring Karen culture, and seeing the musical Exchange Program – Partner training in Australia instruments, dances, and items on display. It was a great day for both of the kids and the Karen students, with the joy of sharing and learning experiences.
“I am trying my best to finish my proposal and one exegesis chapter to be ready to submit in June. I want my thesis to be relevant and useful to the Church of the Province of Myanmar. My focus is a post-colonial Anglican Myanmar study of Jesus’ mission and identity in some Matthew texts. This thesis is a product of post-colonial Myanmar which has undergone different kinds of hardships due to the colonial, the imperial power and neo-colonial power dynamics.
“The method (post-colonial perspective) I am going to use is new for me, so I am having difficulties with that. My supervisors help me for that part, however.
“Please remember my studies in your daily prayers. God bless you and your ministry.”
A gift to this project means the opportunity for higher learning is available to this remarkable young woman, the impact of which will no doubt be felt in both Myanmar and Australia for decades to come. As Snow is doing a 3-year Doctorate Program, further funding will help future tuition fees.
AU012EP needs $15,000 in 2018 (non tax-deductible)
HOW TO DONATE
Alternatively, for donations by cheque/money order (made out to the Anglican Board of Mission – Australia), telephone or email, view contact details here. Please don’t forget to include the project name and/or code with your payment details.
Gifts to ABM will be applied to the support of project(s) selected. In the unlikely event of the project being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to a similar project to the one(s) selected.
November 2016 – Snow has sent an update on her progress at Trinity College, sharing the experiences she has had so far. Read more.
October 2016 – Fr Graeme spent four weeks in the Diocese of the Northern Philippines, and wrote of this remarkable experience. Read more.