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Far beyond the questions of devotionalism, the Judson experiences in Burma have created an enviroment that has far-reaching implications for Mawlamyine today.
Judson's Bible translations into the Myanmar tongue and the country's first Myanmar-English glossary still in use today are, to a greater extent, enduring imprints of his attendance. Today's edifice, the third in the life of the temple, is an English-style Gothic revival project begun in 1907 and finished in 1924. Even though the appearance is optically in the style of Mawlamyine's past as a colony, the extraordinary use of Teak combines directly with local tradition and craftsmanship in the creation of its superb traverse and rooftop layout and individuality.
In Myanmar and abroad, we have formed a qualified specialist staff to work together on documenting, assessing the state of the sanctuary, preservation plans, and rehabilitation over a timeframe of two years from 2016. It will use the First Baptist church as an education facility to educate a squad of locals, craftsmen, college and civil servants on ways to conserve Myanmar's rich culture and architecture, and build skill sets among Myanmar experts that can be used in similar locations in Mawlamyine and across the state.
Likewise, the program provides the possibility to work directly with the community and enable them to share the experiences and base them on them in order to better preserve the edifice in the area. At the on-site assessment in January 2016, we captured the current situation through status quo analysis, various types of documentations and community interview.
It allowed a full grasp of the initial design of the structure, the changes made since then and the causes of the issues at hand. At the same time, the squad examined the present day denomination as a social organisation of the Mawlamyine, of which the edifice existed as a bodily witness to the Judson Line. One of the priorities for action is the reconstruction of the old terracotta ceiling, which was demolished in the Second World War, and a number of other changes to the structure that have affected its look and function.
In the aftermath of this finding, we called in a group of specialists from around the world to help safely remove the material and organise a publicly available information workshop on the dangers of exposure to them. The restoration of the ecclesiastical resources obtained by the U.S. Embassy through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation will maintain a particular portion of this country's historic relationship with the United States and an important unit as evidence of Myanmar's unity through variety.