(Mar 6:34 Murdock)  And Jesus disembarked and saw great multitudes: and he compassionated them, because they were like sheep having no shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. It is an old English variation on the word compassion.  Dr. James Murdock (1776-1856) used it to describe Jesus in this passage:  (Mark 6:34 NIV)  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.  When Jesus got off the boat after crossing the sea, he saw the crowd.  But more than that, he saw individuals with needs.  He started teaching immediately. 

I would like to tell you about three young

Eh K'lu & Ywa Hay Thar

Eh K'lu & Ywa Hay Thar

men who got off the plane at the Piedmont Triad International Airport about 4 weeks ago.  Muh Gaw Hto, En K’lu and Ywa Hay Thar.  These men had to flee Burma and live in a refugee camp outside of their country.  Finally they were approved to emigrate to the United States.   They live in a two bedroom house on Marlboro street in east High Point.  Their closest Burmese friends are 1/2 mile away.  But they are making things work.  Eh K’lu and Muh Gaw Htoo learned to ride the city bus and get around town to shop and visit friends.  Eh K’lu and Ywa Hay Thar are doing really well with their English and can carry on conversations.  Muh Gaw Htoo recently got a full time job at the Marsh warehouse and Eh K’lu has a part time job the East Kivett Family Dollar.  Ywa Hay Thar, who is a more recent arrival, found a long ago friend, Nyein, lived here and was active in our FWC Lao congregation.

I stopped by to see Eh K’lu after returning from a Maryland trip over the weekend.  I asked Eh K’lu if he went to church last Sunday.  He said on Sunday morning they waited and waited for a ride to take them to church but no one came, you see no buses run on Sunday.  That brings me back to the old English word, “compassionated” that describe the heart of Jesus when he saw the people.  Are you “compassionated”?  Do you have room in your car for someone to ride to church on Sunday morning?


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 24, 2008, in E-G, Not for the Faint of Heart!, Uncategorized, V-Z. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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