Tribute to a Great Man...
I first met Dr. S.V. Kamcindal (Dr. Dal) in Myanmar (Burma) in 2000. I had just moved to the country to serve as a medical missionary. Looking back, I now realize that providence had allowed our paths to cross at that time. It turned out that he had just retired from a government health department post and that we both shared a burden to provide health care to orphaned, abandoned and needy children in the country. As a “man of the soil”, he taught me so much over the years about tropical medicine, various cultural nuisances and how to navigate through the sometimes onerous obstacles of the military regime. He also cheered me on as I studied the Burmese language. After we founded the Myanmar Compassion Project, we had the privilege of serving with hundreds of national staff members as well as scores of volunteer expats from over 30 different nations. It was Dr. Dal’s signature on those valuable visa applications which provided entry to serve in this beautiful country.
Dr. Dal was a quiet and humble soul, but anyone who worked with him recognized that he was a man of great authority and wisdom. He had a vast vision to transform his country for the better. He was entrusted with tremendous resources over the years and was ever a faithful steward of them. He was always “looking out for the interests of others”. When Ehdena and I married 14 years ago, he his wife Nu Cing were honored guests.
During his 2nd “retirement”, he and Nu Cing built a beautiful retreat center in the city of Kalaymyo. He really had this boundless energy. The last time we saw him was 2 years ago when our family traveled back to Myanmar. I was so glad that he could meet and spend time with our 3 girls.
Our last communication was on July 7th. He was fighting a hard battle against COVID. In a final video message recorded that day, and with all of his energy, he said “kaun ba bi, kaun ba bi”, which means, “I’m getting better”. It turned out to be a brief rally however because he passed into eternity early the following day.
He was my friend, mentor and colleague whom I loved as a brother and respected greatly. I deeply mourn his death, but I know that he is in our Savior’s embrace now. Of him I can confidently say that he “fought the good fight, he finished the race, and he kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Rest well dear Saya Gyi.
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