He’s My Cousin!!

“He’s my cousin!”  Among the Chin Burmese this is a common phrase.   One of our Chin friends knows everybody in his village and surrounding region and can name their relatives.   In the south we talk about kinfolk.  Years ago when I lived in Mississippi, the first order of business after saying hello to another person was to find out if you had kin.

Yesterday, a new Chin family arrived and I led Kap Ceu to their house.   When the newly arrived couple opened the door and Kap Ceu looked at them, he said, “He’s my cousin”.   I kind of laughed but then Kap Ceu said, they are from my same village and it is my father’s sister’s son.

Someone has said that every one is related at like the 6th cousin level, and indeed we as Christians know that God created one man and one woman and everyone descended from them.  So I can say to my Burmese friends “You’re my cousin!”   Jesus’ family came to him while he was out on ministry and when he was told they were there, he began to teach the kinship of all believers who do the will of the Father.

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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 April 2, 2009, in K-L, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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