It Wouldn’t have Happened without Jesus

Biak Cin Thang traveled with me to New Bern on a business trip this weekend.  After we finished working on Friday night around 7:00 PM I wanted to show him the pharmacy in the historic downtown where Pepsi was created.   On the way I had told Biak that I had heard some Burmese had resettled in New Bern.  He wanted to try to find them.  I did not know where they were so we stopped at a gas station and the first people I asked were a couple of ladies pumping gas.  I wanted to know if they knew of any Burmese in town.  One of the ladies said she worked for the health department and believed some of the Burmese lived in a trailer park across the street from her office.  She gave us directions and we drove to a large mobile home park.   As we started through the park I did not know how we were going to l locate any Burmese, but Biak asked me to drive slowly.  All of the sudden he said I see a Burmese video on the TV screen through the window of that home.   We stopped and I said, we will just ask them if they know any Burmese.  Sure enough it was a Burmese home,  we visited with a mother of five.  When we asked if there were any other Burmese, she loaded her children into the van to show us where they lived.   Altogether we encountered about 40 families.  I visited with some who spoke English, Biak was able to connect with others who had known him when he was a translator for them with the United Nations in Malaysia.    Some of these folks knew Klo Say and Nyein.  After having prayer and an all to brief visit we had to leave to prepare for work the next day.

Pictured here is a group of the Burmese we met in New Bern.   Pray for these folks.  Many have a church home at Temple Baptist.  Some don’t go to church.  Some are Buddhists.   We met one lady who was Buddhist who said her husband was Christian.  We met another lady who said her husband was a preacher, although he is working right now in the food service area of their local hospital.


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 August 11, 2008, in A-B, K-L, N, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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