Those Crazy Americans

When Kay and I first started working with the Burmese we had a series of incidents that made us think the Burmese must believe we were crazy.   During that time we did not have many people available to translate.  Once we had a group of Burmese come to our house to help us find and decorate a tree for Christmas.   We jumped into the car and pickup truck and drove down toward Victory Mountain Camp, where we always bought our tree at a farm.   Kay and I on cell phones wandered up and down the road and finally we asked at a gas station and discovered the farm was closed and houses were being built on the property.  The Burmese men with us must have thought this was part of the Christmas tradition when we went back home and bought a tree at the church on our corner. 

Another time while it was still winter and the air was so dry I put some hand lotion on my hands and offered it to some Burmese traveling with me.  Some of the men got too much lotion and were rubbing it in for a long time.  I think they were wondering, Why???

The Burmese eat two meals a day.  I think they wonder why we eat three and then get on a treadmill to exercise. 

Today with about 30 Burmese who speak good English we no longer have those communication problems.   We are enjoying fellowship with believers from another country and can more efficiently minister to the needs of arriving families.   I would like to invite you to join in on the opportunity to be friends with these folks.  Please check out this link about how you can be involved.  Call Pastor Inthava and he will make arrangements to introduce you to a Burmese family!



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

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