Over 400 Karen, Chin, and KaChin students have already participated in Central’s FOUNDATIONS Judson Communities (FJC) certificate program. These students have participated in classes taught in New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Minnesota, Texas, and California. Until recently the program has been directed by Duane and Marcia Binkley in their role as special assignment missionaries for International Ministries. Central worked in partnership with International Ministries and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Global Missions on this educational initiative for the people from Myanmar (Burma) who have resettled in the US. The Binkleys retired from International Ministries in the spring, however, and Central has worked since then to find someone to continue their good work.
Central is pleased to announce that on December 1 Naw Marlene Ahmu Po became the new director for FOUNDATIONS Judson Communities. Marlene Po, an immigrant from Yangon, Burma, herself, is now living with her husband Saw Ler Htoo in Washington, DC, where he serves as Pastor of Calvary Burmese Church and she also serves as Superintendent of Church School, Vice President of Calvary Burmese Women’s Fellowship, and Church School Teacher. Po is also currently the Advisor of the Women’s Department for Karen Baptist Churches, USA.
Along with her experience in these roles, Marlene is uniquely qualified for this new role with the FJC program for Central. She has already served several years as an instructor for the program. In addition, having earned a bachelor of arts in English at the University of Yangon and a bachelor of religious education at the Myanmar Institute of Theology in Yangon, Po served as Lecturer of English at the Karen Baptist Theological Seminary in Insein, Myanmar, and is currently serving as Academic Dean, Registrar, and Lecturer of Christian Education at the Karen Theological Study Center.
President Molly T. Marshall welcomes our new Director:
Central has a deep commitment to educational initiatives both in Burma and here in the US. I am grateful that Ms. Po will direct this program, which has been of benefit to so many congregational leaders.
Central will continue to work collaboratively with International Ministries in this ministry with relocated communities from Myanmar. As Director, Po will have a role in this collaborative effort. Central continues to feel called to serve the many friends from Myanmar who are now living in the US. It is an exciting and life-giving focus of God’s work through Central.