Naing Naing [Ni Ni] and P’leh Khu’s [Play Coo] Family

In January, Pastor Inthava Inthisane introduced Mike and Wendy Cornell to Naing Naing and P’leh Khu.Pleh Khu P’leh Khu was expecting their second child at the time.   Mike and Wendy began visiting Naing Naing’s family and have had quite an adventure as they helped the family.  Through the winter the Cornells and the Limpachs would get together to visit and play games and use English with Naing Naing’s family.   They prayed together for a job for Naing Naing (he now works in Kernersville making picture frames for Michael’s).  Mike and Wendy with the Burmese family began making preparations for the baby’s birth (Daniel was born in the spring).  Then they worked with Naing Naing to help him get his license.    Naing

The next chapter in this story is when P’leh Khu’s family (of origin) arrived.  Her father, Hkhu Hke, her mother Kaw Paw and her three sisters:  Ka Sin, Khu Blah and Eh Duh.  To our delight the sisters are doing real well with their English and are a great help to their mother who attends her blind husband Hkhu Hke.  Because the air conditioning in Naing Naing’s home is broke (it was featured on Fox Channel 8 a couple of weeks ago) his family joined Hkhu Hke’s family in their 2 bedroom apartment on Hamilton Street.   Mike and Wendy looked at these ten people living in such small quarters and offered to have the young teen girls stay with them.  A new chaper in their adventure is well underway.

Last Sunday Mike and Wendy wereESL helping to lead an ESL section and they found themselves working with a man named Ka Hten.   I had visited Ka Hten, shortly after he arrived a few weeks ago because I heard he was a tailor.  Someone had given him a sewing machine and he repaired a pair of jeans I brought along.  While I was visiting Ka Hten he got out a circular from Harbor Tools and pointed out an industrial grade sewing machine.  Without an interpreter we realized that was what he really needed to repair jeans.  Ka Hten had never used an electric sewing machine before coming to America.  He always had used a treadle.

Well on Sunday I mentioned to Mike and Wendy this story and they said,  “We have an industrial grade sewing machine sitting in our garage gathering dust.  He can have it”.  They dropped it by Monday and later in the evening I took these pictures of Ka HtenKa Hten SmileKa Hten Work.  Ka Hten is ready to go, he can take in mending and would be delighted to tailor clothes to your liking.

I mentioned before a book I had read, where the book’s character was talking with God.   In the course of the conversation God said, “I am especially fond of that young man over there”.   A little later God said “I am especially fond of that mother”.   The main character said, “Wait a minute, aren’t you playing favorites”.  God said, “No, I am especially fond of you as well”.

Some people have not wanted to get involved in serving the Lord through ministry to the Burmese because they are afraid if they do something for one person, they can’t do it for all.  The Lord doesn’t call us to something for everyone.   We need to make one friend, show them the love of Jesus as He directs.  God is the one who is big enough to be especially fond of each and every person!


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 July 1, 2008, in C-D, E-G, H-J, K-L, N, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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