More than 40 children took part in the service: ushering, singing songs, reciting scripture verses, collecting offerings, etc. As a church with ethnic diversity, it was very heartening to see children from different ethnic groups such as Chins, Kachins, and Karens from Philadelphia and its suburbs and those from Trenton, New Jersey, worship together in one spirit.
Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that children must always be given a special place because our Lord Jesus said, “I tell the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child in my name welcomes me.” (Matt. 18:3-5)
June 21, the following Sunday was Father’s Day. As it was done on Mother’s Day, fathers were also honored with special remembrance of Dr. Batunkyi, our patron, who passed away in May. There were tributes paid to him by some of the church members. Saw Myat Oo spoke about the precious time given by Dr. Batunkyi to the church and community, Tablu Moo expressed how he worked tirelessly for all refugees from Burma regardless of their ethnicities and promised to help these people as much as she can, Saw Noah remembered him as a person who showed concern for his people through the conversations they had whenever they met. Emerald Cribb shared his love of God, his patience, support and advice given to the church elders in establishing PBBC. The message for this special day was given by Saya Thomas Cung Bik spotlighting on the life of Dr. Batunkyi.
On this occasion, the church not only honored fathers who were present with us but also fathers who had entered into glory. The memory of Uncle Spencer Zan and Dr. Batunkyi who were the founding fathers and pillars of PBBC were honored by a presentation of certificates of recognition accepted by their beloved spouses. Proverbs 10:7 says, “The memory of the righteous is a blessing.”
These two fathers will always be remembered by other founding members of the Philadelphia Burmese Baptist Church, and their good deeds will be kept alive for generations to come.