Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Burnham Minstries International Cambodia

Dr Jonathan Burnham, the President of  Burnham Ministries International
Yesterday, inside a beautiful conference room at the Intercontinental Hotel in Phnom Penh, I had the privilege of listening to Dr. Jonathan Burham as he shared with me personally the vision and ministry of Burnham Ministries International (BMI). BMI has trained thousands of leaders in 25 countries worldwide. It was a rare privilege for me to sit for over two hours and be inspired by the president of BMI. Theologically, Dr Burnham is a scholar with a masters and PhD from Oxford University. Ministerially, he is an expert. A third generation pastor with over 20 years in pastoral experience. He started a church in his mid-20s that grew to 3,000 members in 10 years. He left pastoral ministry to focus on mentoring top Christian leaders around the world and Cambodian leaders have been privileged to go through the training program called The 7 Steps of the Christian life and Encountering Christ. 
Dr. Jonathan Burnham, BMI President and Greg at Intercontinental Hotel, Phnom Penh
My one-one-one meeting with Dr. Burnham challenged me to take more responsibilities in mentoring next generation leaders. I love his passion to train and mentor top Christian leaders worldwide. Rather than training hundred of local pastors, his focus is to the top leaders. It was unfortunate that I have not really been mentored in the past by someone personally. My mentors has been authors of books whom I have never met personally. At age 43, I wonder if someone is still interested to mentor me. 
Dr. Jonathan Burnham speaking during a Pastors'Marriage Seminar in Phnom Penh, April 10, 2016
During the marriage conference with 14 couples in attendance, Burnham reminded us that our marriage is the most powerful testimony we can showcase to non-believers. He also re-enforced that the goal of marriage is to become one (leaving parents emotionally and be glued to our spouse) and that the purpose of marriage is not for our own personal happiness but to grow together into holiness-to be more like Christ.