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Urgent request for Thang Bwee

by Bob Harvey last modified Oct 27, 2016 11:50 AM

Operation Deferred to 2nd November


For any who haven't caught up with the news, Thang Bwee's surgery has been postponed due to someone's emergency. The probable date of the deferred surgery is next Wednesday, 2nd November. Keep praying and stay tuned to APWM's website for breaking news.

In a text conversation with me last night, this was TB's word on the matter of the last-minute surgery delay: "God is in control and He definitely has a better plan for me though it  seems to be going wrong with me at this moment. Let it be His will..    Thank you."

Urgent request for Thang Bwee



Good afternoon, brothers.

What follows is a statement from Rev Kevin Murray, National Director of APWM, to bring people in our churches up to date regarding the health of Thang Bwee, the founder and a key leader of our Partner Church, ERC - The Evangelical Reformed Church, in Myanmar (Burma.)

Kevin's statement is self explanatory, and I urge you to read it, to disseminate its contents, and to pray for our dear brother who has done so much for the cause of Christ in Myanmar. Many have already expressed a desire to share with APWM in meeting this need; if you wish to do so, Kevin has included the necessary details.

As matters progress, Kevin will release further bulletins for your information and prayer guidance.

In the joy of the Lord, which is our strength,

Bill Lutton
Phone: 07 4162 2829
Mobile: 0403 996 905

Medical Treatment for the Rev Dr Thang Bwee


Urgent request for Thang BweeMany of you will be aware that while he was in Australia, APWM arranged for the Rev Dr Thang Bwee of Myanmar to see a cardiologist to seek advice for a heart problem. We did not know the extent of the problem beforehand.

Tests have been carried out in Sydney and the medical specialists have confirmed that Thang Bwee has a ‘hole’ in his heart. In Australia such a condition is normally discovered in childhood and corrected. If left untreated Thang Bwee would begin to experience poor health in 3-5 years and would probably not live for long after that.

The specialists have advised us that Thang Bwee’s condition can be treated. Subject to the availability of a bed it is anticipated that surgery will take place in approximately two to three weeks followed by one week in hospital and then three to four weeks post-operative recovery in Australia.

As you can imagine Thang Bwee is a little ‘embarrassed’ by the attention he is receiving!  However I have reminded him of the joy that the churches in Macedonia had in giving toward the needs of their brothers and sisters in Jerusalem.

Since Thang Bwee is not an Australian citizen he can’t access Medicare and so even though APWM is effectively underwriting the cost, the bill is considerable. We are very grateful that various Doctors and health professionals are waiving their fees. The majority of the cost stems from theatre fees, the cost of an ICU bed and a seven day post operative stay in hospital.

If you would like to contribute to the costs of his treatment then cheques can be sent to APWM at 81 Shaftesbury Road, Burwood NSW 2134. Alternatively you may like to give by direct deposit as follows:

Bank: Westpac
Account Name: Australian Presbyterian World Mission
BSB: 032 260
Account Number: 151207
In the ‘description box’ please write ‘TB Surgery’. If you send an email to APWM at then we can send you a receipt.


Thank you for your partnership.

In Christ

Kevin Murray

National Director
Australian Presbyterian World Mission
81 Shaftesbury Road
Burwood NSW 2134

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