Holy Socks

“Why did your mama tell you not to wear socks with holes in them?”  If you are around High Point FWC, it is because you might visit a Burmese home.   When you walk up to the door of a Burmese home you can count their visitors by the shoes (or flipflops) on the porch.  For Kay and I, it has become habitual to kick off our shoes at the door of a Burmese family. 

When Moses encountered God in the wilderness, at the burning bush, he was enjoined to take off his shoes because he was on “holy ground”.   Today when we visit with a Burmese family we are acting as Jesus would and we find ourselves on holy ground.  Indeed in our congregation we are seeing ministry with the lame, the blind, the widows, the fatherless and the alien.  What a privilege to follow Jesus in this way. 

Burmese men

This picture was taken by Eh Htoo one of the regular attenders of our Lao FWC congregation.  Often early on Saturday morning you will find these guys in the field near our church playing soccer.   Or you may see them playing the Southeast Asian game of cane ball.



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 29, 2008, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hahaha! I’ve had the thought about the condition of my socks when visiting Burmese homes, too! Just the other day, I was sad to see that one of my socks was obviously inside out.

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