One Year, and A Song!

Burmese Singles at the Mall, Nov. 2007

Burmese Singles at the Mall, Nov. 2007

Last year at this time, Kay and I decided to get involved in ministry with the Burmese.  It was very tentative those first few weeks.  We were asked to work with the single young men on Council Street.   We went to the mall we baked a cake, we decorated for Christmas and ate together.   They are pictured to the left.  All of them have moved for the sake of jobs except for Eh Htoo in the back.  Soon our care group began to work with the Van Boi family.  We did not have anyone to translate so we had to try to communicate by other means.  Over the course of this year God has blessed us immensely.  Kay and I have learned lessons of trust and grace.   God has proved himself faithful as we have prayed and seen Him answer prayer for the Burmese.   We had a lot of fun times over the year.

Kay just shared with me that on the way home from church, as she was transporting the Thakbal family, they began singing the songs of our Lord.  Then the whole family broke out in singing “How Great Thou Art”, they in Mateipi Chin and Kay in English.  As they sang through the song Kay began to harmonize with the alto part and Frosintina carried the soprano.  Two languages, two cultures but one God.   Then Kay realized the whole car was silent except for her and Frosintina.  When they finished the last refrain, “How great Thou Art” there was silence then Peng Len the father, said “It is beautiful”.


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

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