Sitting like a Burmese
Each Sunday after worship in our main American service, I help with our ushering team and then slip upstairs for the conclusion of Pastor I.I.’s sermon. I like to be there with my friends even though I can’t understand a word of the three languages (Lao/Thai, S’gaw Karen, and Burmese) spoken/translated during the sermon. This week when I got there I found eight Burmese gentlemen sitting at the back of the church on the floor. Now I have not yet mastered how they sit. They kind of squat (or cross their legs), and can do so for a long time. In fact I have found in their homes they like the floor just as well as the furnished sofas for lounging. Well in solidarity with the Burmese men I slipped into their seated row and sat on the floor (but I sat with my legs to one side). You see there were not enough seats for everyone in the Lao church. What a blessing to see God’s house filled with people who want to worship the Lord.
The picture above is of Ka Hten, he is new arrival with tailor skills, he got a temporary sewing job in Winston-Salem. Someone got him a used sewing machine for use at home and you should see the things he can make. He has his sights set on buying an industrial sewing machine he saw in a Harbor Tool ad circular. He is the single father of three grown sons with an extended family of in-laws and grandchildren. They are a bundle of fun to be around.