A Joyful Star In Myanmar
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
I was in Myanmar recently for 3 months to learn Burmese in preparation for an upcoming 3-year work stint. There, I met Mi Mi Sway, a joyful sister who walks with a limp. After finding out about her life and the reason for her condition, I've decided to share her life story, through an interview with her.
Mi Mi Sway is a disciple from the Myanmar Church of Christ. She was baptised on 14 September 1997. She works as a teacher in Myanmar.
Mi Mi Sway was always joyful and friendly whenever I saw her. I was told by another disciple that she had an accident many years ago before she became a disciple. I asked Mi Mi Sway if she would be able to share her story and with that big smile, she agreed.
How did you become a Christian? Mi Mi Sway: I always thought I was a hardworking and good person until I was invited to church. I studied the Bible. I wasn't all convinced, but there's a part in me that wanted to know the Bible more. As I studied the Bible more, I knew I wanted an eternal life with God; without living the biblical way, there is no salvation. I also felt the love from Jesus and learned what it takes to be a true disciple.
You and your family met with an accident in 1990. Can you tell us what happened? Mi Mi Sway: It happened on the evening of 15 January 1990. My father, brother, two sisters and I were waiting at the bus stop when a truck charged at full speed into the bus stop. With little time to react, my brother managed to push my father out of the way before he himself jumped into the drain beside the bus stop to avoid the truck. My 10 year old sister died on the spot while the other sister suffered severe spinal injury. I was dragged by the truck a short distance and suffered a broken hip and protruding thigh bone. I was 13 years old then and stayed in hospital for 105 days. (She walks with a limp now due to the accident.)
Your father forgave the driver? Mi Mi Sway: Yes, I found out from my father that the truck driver turned himself in the next morning. He was drunk and had wanted to commit suicide as he had no money to feed his family. My father did not want to pursue the matter and chose to forgive the driver. My father was a good man, he had pity on the driver despite his own loss.
Do you blame God for what happened? Mi Mi Sway: The accident happened before I became a disciple. But there are times my hip was in such pain that I can't go to work, and I was angry at God, and I asked why He allowed that accident to happen.
How do you overcome difficult times? Mi Mi Sway: I prayed through those times for God to take away the pain. Each time God comforted me and I see God's mercy for me. Being a self-reliant and prideful person, I would have worn short skirts to get attention if the accident didn't happen. The scars humbled me and I'm reminded that God's security is the best. God knows my fears and insecurities. As a teacher now, I don't have to go after attention from the world. God raised me up to be able to serve and be respected by people.
What makes you joyful? Mi Mi Sway: God has given me good things. I don't deserve it, but I know I'm precious in His eyes.
I surrender to God because He gave me a chance to live. When I know God's grace, I have a grateful heart towards God. He taught me to love and to have compassion on people. Even towards the truck driver.
If there is a verse that helped you what would it be and why? Mi Mi Sway: So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own (Luke 14:33 NLT). God wants a humble heart. I cannot go against God, God has His plans and I have to accept it. God heals my pain whenever I surrender to Him. It's amazing to me. There is so much to learn from our loving Father. He is an awesome and a great teacher.
The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
— William Shakespeare —
Jessie Wong (Preteens Ministry)
Jessie has been a faithful disciple for many years and serves joyfully in the Preteens Ministry. She is passionate in helping the poor and has traveled to many countries around Asia to serve in impoverished communities.