A Humble Beginning
Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Ministry in the Golden Land of Judson, a booklet authored by Dr. Do Suan Mung, founder and president of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary. This excerpt has been slightly adapted for the web.
Faith Baptist Bible College (Tedim, Chin State, Myanmar)
Faith Baptist Bible College and Seminary is the result of both a need and a vision. It is a by-product of the one and only genuine revival which took place in the 1970s in the Chin State of Myanmar. Due to the doctrinal chaos we encountered during the early days of that revival, I felt a strong urge to establish a good, solid Bible school for my own people and other Bible believing evangelical Christians.
My desire was and still is to train young people in the sound doctrine of the Bible and equip them with the needed skills for the Lord’s service in this challenging time. In response to my prayers and burning desire, the Lord sent me to San Francisco Baptist Seminary, then brought me back and helped me start Faith Baptist Bible College on September 1, 1986 in Tedim, Chin State. Thus Faith Baptist Bible College was born on that historic date with 77 students and 4 teachers.
A Seminary program on a part-time evening class was introduced in 1993. This two-year program, offering Master of Arts (Theology) is a course designed especially for day-time workers who have a genuine interest in acquiring theological knowledge. 80 candidates have successfully completed the course to date.
Ours is of a humble beginning. Since we had no property of our own, we occupied the Tedim EBC church building along with several rented houses for our classrooms, dormitories, library and office for 14 years until we moved to the new campus in October, 1999. The way in which the Lord provided the new campus was a modern day miracle. In fact, it was the first of the many miracles we have experienced in the life of our school through the years.
We are very proud of the fact that our school has been a melting pot of diverse ethnic groups and different religious persuasions. Over the years, students of FBBC&S have come from eight states of Myanmar representing some 22 ethnic groups and 23 different denominations and church groups.
Faith Baptist Theological Seminary (Yangon, Myanmar)
The Lord, in 2003, once again fulfilled our vision by enabling us to start a seminary in Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon), which offers a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program. The Lord miraculously provided a splendid eight-story building for this seminary at the heart of the city. The annual enrollment of the seminary averages 80-100 students, which puts FBTS one of the largest seminaries in the whole nation. Some 1500 students have graduated from our College in Tedim and our Seminary in Yangon who are now faithfully serving the Lord in their respective places all across Myanmar and around the world. Many of them have become competent leaders in their respective organizations and communities.
The Lord’s hand has truly been upon our ministries from day one. He has used our two schools in multiple ways. They are not just theological training grounds but also centers of mission endeavor, and most of all, bulwarks of historic Christian faith where the inspiration and authority of the Bible is tenaciously defended. In this age of theological chaos, our schools stand squarely upon the word of God. We make no apology for believing and defending the historic Christian Faith; rather, determined to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3).