"This is, as far as I know, the first time in the history of Myanmar that a local church has paid for a workshop conducted by foreigners", said Pastor Go Chin.
Over 50 pastors and Christian leaders attended a two day workshop hosted by New Life Church and conducted by AIDSLink International. The church invited the team because they realised that HIV is an issue in Myanmar, which they are increasingly facing, but don't know how to deal with.
During the workshop they heard first hand testimony from someone living positively with HIV, they grappled with difficult issues about the response of the church and came to realise that HIV was not a problem "out-there", but also in the church itself. One participant remarked, "I am quick, too quick, to pass judgement and like to hide from difficult subjects".