2008 – The early days
I’m not going to do a year in review since you can just go to the end of this blog and work your way forward to get highlights of our times with the Burmese since May. However, because this blog was created at the end of May, I will share some of the things that happened in the first half of 2008.
At the beginning of the year, Kay worked with some of the women to equip and teach them to knit. They all started with scarf projects. But soon it was too warm for scarves. Kay still has a few scarves for sale by the SEA (South East Asian) Creations knitting group. Let her know if you want to look at the inventory and buy or commission a piece.
During the month of January
our whole church was also involved in fervent prayer for baby Moses. He was born prematurely in December ’07 and struggled with life for about a month. I know Moses is now in heaven, but I miss him. I guess I would say that those days of shuttling Van Boi and Tin Hnem to Baptist hospital were the time that God deepened my commitment to minister with the Burmese people. Red and Becky Carter were also very instrumental in getting the family to the hospital on a regular basis.
John Brand and Eddie Green arranged and organized a Burmese bowling outing in Greensboro at the Gate City Lanes. The folks at the bowling alley were very friendly and gracious. The Limpachs, the Sigelins, Inthisanes, Tom Gray and the Mills were there to help size shoes and select bowling balls.
and Eh Lay Kler, Van Lian, Stiven, and Nyein all joined me on various road trips during the spring. It was great to have the company and learn more about the lives of these individuals.
Pastor Inthava asked Kay and I to work on teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in November 2007. We began a Sunday school class and worked at how to best teach the Burmese English.
At first we did heavy interpretation. Without Klo Say and Nyein we could not have had those early lessons. But in the summer Beth Limpach worked with Kay and they developed an immersion system of teaching ESL. Today Betsy Greer, Marcia Jobe, Gary and Kay Mills, Marie Shaw all assist Kay as she prepares awesome ESL lessons each week.