We are staying at the Myanmar Life Hotel for the first week of our trip. We are told that it is the only hotel with a swimming pool, of which we took advantage this afternoon after our first full day. It was a day spent on Burmese time but in bodies still living 11.5 hours earlier.
We went to church to hear our host preach and take part in worship — all two hours of it, mostly in Burmese except for a few kindnesses of English sent our way. Before worship we toured the free clinic they staff and provide healthcare to anyone, “regardless of race or religion.” After, we were given a lunch for honored guests, then attended the ministry for street children the church runs. All the books that I collected, the vast majority of them donated by the church I am currently serving, are going to this program. It was my great joy and delight to read aloud, “Goodnight, Moon,” to 80 children ranging in age from 3 -11 years.
But before all that, we ate breakfast at the hotel.