They came among us
One of the pastors of FWC, Inthava Inthisane, was part of our care group when Kay and I joined it. We got to know him over the months and I remember him saying he wanted to do mission work when he retired in the future. About six years ago during our regular prayer time, he asked the group to pray for him in his ministry to the Lao. He said “Pray for me as we seek to reach the Lao (and southeast Asian) they seem to be either in the temple or the bar and have no interest in God or the church. We had a season of pray for Inthava and Pat.
About 3 months later he said that he had a new man attending his church. Mr. “C”‘s family had met this man, Philip, and discovered he was Burmese. Pastor I. I. said I couldn’t speak Burmese and Philip couldn’t speak Lao. But we each could speak Thai. The Lao part of First Wesleyan Church welcomed Philip’s family of six with open arms. Soon Pastor I. I. adapted his preaching from Lao to a Lao/Thai mixture in order to minister to Philip’s family.
Then a Thai family began commuting from Salisbury, NC in order to attend the church. Another Thai family came from Charlotte. Pastor Inthava came to our care group on another night in 2007 and shared that a couple of additional new families from Burma were attending his church. It turned out these families spoke the same language as Philip. After that more southeastern Asian families came to First Wesleyan and we found a full fledged mission among us. Kay and I did not get involved until the fall of 2007, God had been working on this mission since before eternity. We praise God for the opportunity He gives to serve in this kind of ministry right here in the Triad.
>>Flash forward Secondary migration of his parents to High Point.
>>Flash forward Update on oldest children of Philip