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.