Nashville Visit

Eh Htoo Say, Eh Lay Kler, & Saw Taw Oo

Eh Htoo Say, Eh Lay Kler, & Saw Taw Oo

During this past week while on business in Nashville, I visited three people who used to be part of our fellowship.  These gentlemen moved to Smyrna, TN in search of jobs.  They live in an apartment complex along with many other Karen families.   Saw Tah Oo, Eh Lay Kler and Eh Htoo Say all work for Tysons Food in their testing facility.  They carpool with friends for their hour long commute each evening as they work the night shift.   Once a week an ESL class is held for those in the apartments.  The Burmese church where they worship, has received a grant for an agricultural project and besides their regular jobs the folks have a large cooperative garden they cultivate.

Saw Tah Oo came to America at the age of 59.  Among the things he had done in Burma over his long life as a farmer was to hunt bees.   He would find their wild hives and harvest the honey for resale.  Saw Tah Oo through a translator told me he is reading the Bible regularly.  He was frustrated with not being able to say all that he wanted to because of our language barrier.    We had a good visit with all three, had the translators join us in prayer together and then I had to get back to work.

Update in summer 2010  Saw Tah Oo passes on.


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 January 10, 2009, in E-G, S, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. saw taw Oo pass away last 2010

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