Contrasts and Updates
This week among the Burmese has been filled with contrasts. Max (Zar Ni Lian) and Rose worshipped with us last Sunday. They have been in the US for five years. Max is a night-supervisor at Mannington and Rose has a Sushi business. They have been great friends of the Lao church and our work with the Burmese people. Rose speaks five to six languages, Max is not afraid to tackle the bigger things like helping to organize a funeral and soliciting payment for the same. This couple is a real blessing!
In contrast we have new families that just arrived in the last three weeks. World Relief workers are doing what they can but these new families provide a real opportunity for committed Christians to show the love of Christ. We need 5-15 additional American families to become friends. Pastor II says that all we are looking for is a commitment to visit these new families at least once a month (we can identify translators). These visits mean all the world to the Burmese arrivals.
One of our established Burmese families, Nyein and Sharon, asked me to join them at the Kia dealership yesterday as they finished negotiations on a new car. I was honored to help them with negotiations as they replaced their aging second car with a brand new 2007 Kia Sorento. On Sunday several of us gathered around their car and had a prayer of dedication for the family and their new vehicle. Would you believe they brought 7 new Burmese with them to church on Sunday?
In contrast we have several Burmese who work at the Marsh warehouse out on Business 85. The work in this building is being combined back into the main plant. The Burmese gentlemen working out there will have to find transportation to the Centennial location. This means bicycle, bus or walking. However within a couple of months of steady work the men begin looking for a car.
Jack who has been here a few years saw his transmission go out on his car. He is looking for a different car. Since he is single and has the income, he wants to buy a sports car.
Three brothers/brothers-in-law, who are single bought a used Toyota Camry. It is under a car cover right now. One of the brothers now has his license. They are needing to title and tag the car so that they can put it into service. This car will be the initial transportation for two families with a total of nine people.
Our apple trees continue to bear fruit and we have been giving away boxes of apples every week for the last month. Kay says, “God knew that we wished to give this to the Burmese so he blessed us with an abundant harvest”.
Next Sunday afternoon our First Wesleyan Church will have an all church picnic at Creekside park in Archdale. We plan to run the regular church bus route to provide transportation for about 40 Burmese and then will work on rides for others who do not yet have cars. Less than 1/3 of our Burmese people have their own transportation. Those who are getting cars sooner are the single young men who have more discretionary income. We are looking forward to a great time of fellowship, food and fun at this annual church picnic. Watch for pictures!
Today we will exceed 1700 views since we opened this blog Memorial Day weekend of 2008! Some of the readers of this blog are our Burmese, several have internet access in their homes, others go to their friends or the library to check e-mail and read the blog.