Laotians step up to help the Burmese
I 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” 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.