Life Story: Eh Le Say

dsc01211aEh Le Say was born in 1983 and grew up on the Karen State village of Taohta.  His family had to flee their village when he was very young because the Myanmar junta soldiers burned the town to the ground.  He along with his father, mother and brother stayed in a neighboring village for a period time.   Then because of the danger in Burma, Eh Le Say’s family placed him in a jungle clinic that operated an orphanage/grade school.  Nyein who attends our church was one of the workers at this medical clinic (which was under the auspices of Dr. Cynthia Maung).

Eh Le Say’s brother remains in the orphanage.  His mother has passed away and his father, Shwian Khe has returned to Taohta to live.  Eh Le Say started formal schooling in 1996 and graduated from high school in March of 2004.

Eh Le Say helps build a Fence

Eh Le Say helps build a Fence

After High school in 2004, he studied to be a teacher including lesson planning, lesson deliver, classroom management, questioning skill, child development, basic reading for a language and teaching methods.   He was trained by the Consortium Thailand – the Burma Border Project.  The leaders of this project were Greg Antos and Paw Ray.

He met his wife, Mu Nai, in the refugee camp.  They were married on April 23, 2005.   They lived in the Umpium [OH Pee rum] refugee camp on the Thai/Burma border from 1999 until he came to America in 2008.    After his marriage, Eh Le Say took a certificate course in preventative medicine called Basic School Health Training at the Mae Tao Clinic.  Mu Nai gave birth to their son, William in the camp and they came to America in 2008.

Eh Le Say works in the laundry department of High Point Regional Hospital and will be starting night school at GTCC, January 12, 2009.  He will be continuing his studies in English.   Last week Eh Le Say passed his drivers exam and now has his learner’s permit.

Here is an additional post about Eh Le Say.

For related stories about his sister-in-law’s relocation from Texas to High Point click on this link and then this link.  

Flash forward to his brother’s arrival in 2011.

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 11, 2009, in C-D, E-G, Life Stories, M, S, Uncategorized, V-Z. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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