Sault Ste Marie Wesleyan Church works with the Burmese
There is another Wesleyan church working with the Burmese Karen people. My son Jason, found the article on our denomination home page http://www.wesleyan.org/. Here is the text of the article
Sault Ste Marie Wesleyan Church, North Michigan District, has reached out to the Karen people who are moving into the Sault Ste Marie area. The Karen people are coming from refugee camps in Thailand, where they settled after fleeing persecution in Burma. The Karen, an ethnic minority group, which makes up approximately 7 percent of the total Burmese population, has been fighting for independence from Burma for more than 50 years.
Senior Pastor Chad McDonald explains that Christian Freedom International, an American human rights organization whose stated mission is to “Help those who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ,” is working to settle the Karen people in the United States. The Sault Ste Marie church is just beginning to talk about what the church’s role will be in helping the refugees. For now, over 50 Karen people are worshipping with the church, in the same service. They hope to reach a point soon where Rev. Kwey Htoo, who just arrived from the refugee camps two weeks ago, will give a second message. Talented musicians, the Karen people have formed a choir that performs in services.
Friday, July 25, Pastor McDonald leaves for Thailand where he will be exploring the camps, learning about the Karen people, and preaching. He says, “This is a new experience for us; we are learning a lot about cross-cultural ministries. It is an exciting time.”