Laotians step up to help the Burmese

Sam the Man for LaosI have been getting to know the Laotian members of our congregation in a round about way.   A couple of weeks ago I was at the home of Peng Len Thakbal [pang lane thock ball] and I was talking about needing to mow his lawn.  I said I would look for a lawn mower and five minutes later “Sam” pulls up in his truck.  Sam takes out a push mower, starts it and hands it to Peng Leng (on-the-job training).  Then Sam unloads his garden tractor and they get after the lawn together.  Sam has a hobby of repairing lawn mowers and small machinery. Mr C Gideon Bibles

“Mr. C” another man in our Lao congregation, has become the go-to person for car shopping.  He has helped Ray Wah find a car for $600 and Taro to get a car for $1000.  He is also brave enough to give driving lessons!!   (Mr. C is the man at the back of this group in the white shirt.  This is a picture from the day the Gideons distributed fifty NKJV Bibles in our Lao service to our Burmese people).

Sunday I stopped by the William & Mary apartments (Hamilton St) and “Simile” (one of Laotian young ladies) was there helping a newly arrived Burmese woman learn how to take asprin for a fever.  Similie, a doctoral student, helps World Relief and our church to get food to new arrivals and to address other needs.

Our Laotian congregation initiated this Burmese effort in our church, saying, “We are refugees ourselves (most arrived 20 years ago), we can help these new friends”.   Laotians, thank you for leading us in sharing Christ’s love.


About johnmcmurphy

Jesus is first and foremost in my life. He is above all religions, principalities and powers. In everything He must increase and I must decrease. Into the hands of Jesus, God has placed life and death, truth and purity. strength and meaning. Only in a growing understanding of the triune God, and his son Jesus can I do, breathe, exist and serve. I have a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Vennard College, a Master's in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph. D. from Ohio State in Family Relations and Human Development. I am an ordained pastor involved in cross-cultural ministry. I am currently employed at several colleges as an instructor. If you need to get in touch with me, just leave a comment, I screen all comments and so you can leave further contact information which I will erase before it is published. -John

Posted on May 27, 2008, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. jasonmcmurphy

    Its so great that the Laotians wanted to continue the circle and help others who were in need. I wish all of as Christians could be more open to helping those in need

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