Hanover School Division

Have an Enjoyable and Relaxing Summer!

Fall Start-Up Dates

The President of Providence University College says his trip to Myanmar was so much more incredible than he expected.

Dr. David Johnson says the delegation traveled to Myanmar to present Providence Alumnus Reverend Doctor Samson Hkalam with an honourary doctorate for his work in the Kachin Baptist Convention. He notes the hospitality of the Myanmar people was astonishing.

"We were giving him an honourary doctorate and it turns out that we were the ones who were being honoured. It felt like royalty sometimes, there were parades and music and a big presentation just for us so that made us feel very humble but very welcome."

Dr. Johnson says the group from Providence included his wife Barb, Dr. Stan Hamm Dean of the Providence Theological Seminary, Dr. Hamm’s wife Bev, Director of Providence Institutional Services Gary Schellenberg, and Providence Creative Content Specialist Jerrad Peters. He notes upon landing at the airport all six of them received 15 roses.

Rev. Dr. Hkalam has been the head of the Kachin Baptist Convention, which has 400,000 members, for the last eight years. Dr. Johnson says the ceremony to present Dr. Hkalam with his honourary doctorate was fantastic.

2017 12 myanmar trip1An IDP camp in Waimaw"It lasted two and a half hours maybe. There were 1,000 people in the audience. The church held maybe 700 and there were another 300 outside looking in the windows. I was the graduation speaker and I had to speak barefoot because they don’t wear shoes on the platform. It was phenomenal and the man we honoured felt very esteemed and that was good."

Dr. Johnson says in addition to presenting the honourary doctorate, he also spoke at a pastors conference, taught courses at a seminary, taught at a Bible college and was involved in church service every evening. He notes his wife Barb and Dr. Hamm’s wife Bev visited a number of refugee camps.

"There is a huge ethnic conflict in Myanmar and the Kachin people that we were serving have been oppressed, they have had to leave their homes and villages, they have been displaced into camps. The church bought property and they established these camps for these people, there are a number of NGO’s, Canada is one of the main ones who supports them."

Dr. Johnson says they had an opportunity to speak with to a former member of parliament and a current member of parliament. He says they really want the outside world to understand the ethnic oppression that is going on in the Kachin State. He adds it is sad to see the refugee camps and the pain but notes the strength of the Kachin Baptist Convention is encouraging.

2017 12 myanmar trip2Dr. David Johnson speaking in Myanmar

 

More Local News

Suspects Caught After Dangerous Chase In Steinbach

An adult male and female face a lengthy list of charges after being stopped by police near Steinbach early Sunday morning. At approximately 12:30 am, RCMP Traffic Services attempted to stop an SUV…
2016 05 niverville water plant

Niverville Issues Voluntary Watering Ban

The Niverville Water Treatment FacilityThe Town of Niverville is asking residents on town water to stop watering of lawns and gardens immediately. In early June, Niverville’s new water source came…

Downtown Splash Park Expected To Reopen Soon

People in Steinbach who are looking to beat the heat have one less option, temporarily. The splash park next to the Jake Epp Library is temporarily out of commission. Russ Dyck, head of Parks and…

Caught In The Act

Police have made an arrest following vandalism at the Morris Stampede grounds. RCMP were contacted on June 25th that someone had driven a vehicle over freshly laid sod. Surveillance captured footage…

Fresh Lines Being Painted On Steinbach Intersections

Crews have been out in the Steinbach area over the last few days painting fresh stop lines and crosswalks. Workers could be seen at the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 52 Wednesday morning…

Power Tools Stolen In Ste. Anne

Steinbach RCMP are looking for tips after a break and enter at the RM of Ste. Anne building. Police say several power tools were stolen from that location. RCMP were notified on Friday. Anyone with…

Steinbach To Hold Cannabis Plebiscite

The City of Steinbach will hold a plebiscite on whether to allow retail cannabis stores in the community. The vote will be held as part of the municipal election on October 24th. City councillor John…

St. Vincent Will Seek A Second Term On Ste. Anne Council

A first-term councillor in the Town of Ste. Anne is holding off on his aspirations to be mayor in order to first get more experience. Yvan St. Vincent feels he needs to spend more time as a…

Mosquitoes Capable Of Carrying West Nile Showing Up In Steinbach

Culex Tarsalis mosquitoes, the ones capable of carrying West Nile Virus, have started to show up in the Steinbach area as they commonly do about the middle of July. But Russ Dyck, head of Steinbach…

Local Residents Spot Themselves In New Film

Some local residents had the opportunity to see themselves in a brand new Netflix movie over the weekend. Movie crews were in Steinbach at the old Safeway building on August 28th last year filming…

Truck Yanks Hydro In St. Malo

Hundreds of Manitoba Hydro customers in the St. Malo area were without power Tuesday afternoon. Spokesperson Bruce Owen says a truck took down a three-phase pole around 1:30 pm. According to Owen,…

Backstage Basketball with the RCMP

A friendly rivalry was sparked yesterday between the Steinbach RCMP and the youth of Backstage Drop-in Center in a game of basketball. Kyra Guenther, the youth worker at Backstage who organized the…

Steinbachonline.com is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login