9:00 AM was to Late

IMG_5109I got there at 9:00 and realized that the good stuff was already gone.   It is the 11 acre flea market frequented by our Burmese arrivals, Laotians and many others.  From the moment I entered the main concourse I was bombarded by smells, sounds, languages and other minor mahem thatIMG_5116 would elevate the status of any poorly kept K-mart.  My Burmese friends tell me that some of the families selling at the flea market, on Julian St. in Thomasville, can be trusted with the freshest and best tasting sea food around.  Also available were papayas, Amaung Mo had meIMG_5119 taste one, peacocks, goats and plenty of live chickens.  The place was filled with visitors and vendors practicing capitalism in a style dissimilar from what is usual on the North American continent.  Yes I ran into many of our Burmese and captured them in pictures.    If you don’t get there by opening at 5:00 AM you may miss the best bargains and freshest foods.

I could not finish talking about the day without mentioning the work of Ward St. United IMG_5114Methodist Church.  Instead of white flight we see church members walking with their community in mission.  They have food, clothing, bike repair, and furniture placement ministries.  I ran in to them as a team was selling produce to raise money for their church’s mission ministries.

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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 July 11, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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