I had a chance to spend some time with Sang Awi [song oye] in the last few days. I was at the airport when his family arrived 2 months ago on a Friday night. They had to flee their home village in the Chin province of Burma where Sang Awi had worked as a farmer. The family was in Malaysia for 4 years. During that time Sang Awi worked in a restaurant, an aluminum factory and then in construction. He has been helping me repair a fence and is very skilled with tools and knowledge about construction.
Over the last couple of months when I have visted his home, I have seen his Bible prominently available for him to read. On Monday and Wednesday mornings he is attending GTCC to improve his English. He already can understand a lot of what I say. The children go to school in Greensboro at the Guilford County Newcomers school (a 1 year ESL immersion school). The family members pictured above are Sang Awi, Zai Rem Sangi (son), Lai Thang Pui (wife) and Chan Cung Thang (daughter).