Two Widowed Sisters attend FWC
Sheri and Derric Jennings were asked by the Lao congregation to become friends with Mu Yah Pel and her family. Last winter when Sheri first visted this widow and her four children she found them huddled with blankets in their house. Without an interpreter Sheri had to teach them how to use the furnace thermostat and then assess their other needs. Sheri, who is our church’s children’s director, said those first visits were difficult until she found one of her Sunday school students, Ser Gay Htoo, could interpret for her. While visting with Mu Yah Pel, Sheri learned that she was Buddhist. Mu Yah Pel got a job in the kitchen at the nearby High Point University however she is out of work during the summer break.
The story continues, when Ma Aye Kyi arrived about a month ago. She is the sister of Mu Yah Pel. Ma Aye Kyi is a widow who saw her husband shot to death several years ago. Ma Aye Kyi has three teenagers. Two of her children, because of early childhood malnutrition, do not have the use of their legs. (The Story Goes on….) They have adapted, and get around quite well. Ma Aye Kyi moved in with Mu Yah Pel and they are enjoying familial camaraderie. A couple of weeks ago Bah Blue Htoo “Tom” and Aungn Mo [Amor] and I were visiting at this home and asked if they had any questions. Mu Yah Pel said she wanted to go to the Thai food store (operated by a couple of Laotians). With her directing us, we loaded everyone home from school, into the van for the excursion and relief from cabin fever. Each Sunday this extended family now rides the church bus to worship with us.
(Pictured at the top of this post is Derric and Sheri Jennings with Mu Yah Pel and some of their children attending a Christmas pageant. To the side is the brave May Aye Kyi. Pray for these families).