Burmese Family Parties

This weekend Pastor Inthava Inthasane and I attended a birthday party for Nece and Esther the June birthday children of Thang Tlang and Hlamay.  A Chin birthday party is a worship service where hymns are sung, testimonies are given, a message from the pastor and words of encouragement to the family are shared.   The party was emceed by Biak, their new neighbor.   After the service we cut the birthday cake and had dinner together.   Dinner was a special meal cooked by family friends.  We had rice, pork, fish soup, a type of slaw, melon and grapes.  There were about 30 people present and we ate on the floor in three different shifts.

Another party, similar in format, I attended was a farewell party for  Van Boi Thang, Tin Hnem and James.   This couple was the first Burmese family Kay and I got to know.  Our care group, the Empty Nesters, helped them with some basic needs and then went through the pre-mature birth and short life of their baby Moses.  Van Boi has first cousins in Elkridge, Md (near I-95 and Delaware) and they have assured him of a better paying job at a plastics factory in their community.  I told them I see this as the closing of a chapter in their life and the beginning of a new.  We will miss them but wish them the very best in Maryland.


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 2, 2008, in A-B, E-G, H-J, N, T-U, Uncategorized, V-Z. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. jasonmcmurphy

    I know that family was special to you guys. That level of service you showed to them will stay with them the rest of their lives.

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