I was born and brought up in a small Lisu village, predominantly Baptist, in highland Burma, where I spent my high school and university student life in a very unpredictable political situation. Schools and universities were often closed unexpectedly and reopened with short notice. There were many times I thought my education had reached a dead end. Studying at Yale Divinity School was beyond my dreams.
Yet such lived experience of life in the difficult situation of Burma has made it especially meaningful for me to study religion and politics at Yale, as I can often relate my study to my own experience. I also like the flexibility of the S.T.M. program. Classes and seminars at both YDS and Yale University have helped me better articulate ideas and expressions and to think critically and theologically in relation to my own social, political and cultural context. I am very hopeful that my studies at YDS will help prepare my future career in the ministry of teaching at my Lisu Baptist Seminary in Burma, and I am grateful to YDS for making my study possible through its scholarship programs for international students. YDS has been truly a blessing to the nations.
I must say that I have been really blessed by my wonderful roommates during my study at YDS. They have been really very helpful and caring, and they look after each other. The YDS campus is on the top of a hill with lots of wonderful trees and fresh air, which reminded me of highland Burma. The campus is also surrounded by wonderful local churches that YDS students join and participate in. Staff members in the Office of Admissions and the Registrar’s Office are very helpful, and professors always tend to have time for students. I was taking the “Theology of Community” seminar last fall, and our professor, Scott Dolff, gave us a long ride in his own car to visit the Bruderhof community at Maple Ridge in New York State. YDS has been a wonderful place of learning with a strong sense of community life.