Guest Post-Marcia Jobe: Midway Elementary School

Today John McMurphy brought his van full of Burmese men, women and children to visit  5th graders at Midway Elementary School.   At school, we had prepared earlier by thinking what it would be like for 5th grade students to be forced to leave their homes suddenly, with  only what they could carry in their arms, and walk for two weeks,  wondering if their families were safe.  We imagined what we would  feel when we learned that our own government had burned our town to  the ground, and planted land mines around it so that we could never  return.

Students located Burma on the globe, examined pictures of Burma and wrote out questions to ask our guests, who have been through similar experiences themselves.

Today, children and teachers sat in rapt attention as Biak and Eh k’lu answered our questions.  We at Midway are very grateful for the opportunity to have these wonderful people visit us and show us a
different culture from the other side of the world.  Not one of us will be the same, after today.

Marcia Jobe,
School Counselor
Midway Elementary School
Davidson County, North Carolina

[Those who attended from our Burmese group (left to right) were Hlamay, Biak, Eh Htoo, Eh K’lu, Nu Nu, Esther Mon, Deborah and Joshua].

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 October 10, 2008, in A-B, C-D, E-G, H-J, N, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Marcia, What a wonderful experience for both the Burmese and those 5th grade students. I’m so impressed that you would set up an assembly for your students to meet people from another country. I feel it’s important for us in America to realize how privileged we are to live in a free country. You are certainly doing your part to help your 5th graders build good character by understanding people from other cultures. I enjoyed seeing the picture of the Burmese under the “Build Good Character” sign at your school! Thanks for all you do, and for your work with the ESL class at First Wesleyan Church!

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