Karen Church of Utica
This week while traveling for work I stopped for lunch with Bah Htoo. He is a preacher’s son who lives in Utica, NY. As we talked I learned that he and his brother sought refuge here in America and were located in upstate New York.
Although they are Burmese, their father is a pastor in Thailand in the border region. Bah Htoo is studying computers at a community college.
The Burmese Christians in Utica attend either Tabernacle Baptist Church or a church pastored by Par Thoo a Karen refugee. As I talked with Bah Htoo and Saw Kler, I discovered that the congregation of Par Thoo purchased a former Catholic facility under the auspices of the Wesleyans and organized what is probably the first Burmese Wesleyan congregation in America (click for note by our General Superintendent). This makes the third area of the United States where I have discovered Wesleyans helping the Burmese (Michigan, NC, NY).
Read a further note about the Wesleyan work at this link with to the Wesleyan General Superintendents web site.