My Little Jesuits
A couple of weeks ago, Kay and I had the privilege of entertaining the Dee Reh family as houseguests. As the week began the children were somber but as they got three square meals a day they changed into a bundle of giggles and laughter. When I first met the father, Dee Reh he said, “I am Roman Catholic”. During the course of the week we found that the children had been well taught in Burmese as well as the English alphabet. The children knew simple words, were very polite and expressed reverence (even crossing themselves) when we had prayers over meals and among other Christian Burmese. One morning I noticed a notebook belonging to the children that indicated it was from the society of Jesuits.
Among this Karenni language group of Burmese, the use of Reh in the male name and Meh in the female name is common. The Dee Reh family has now relocated to Winston-Salem and are being assisted by the ministry of Calvary Baptist Church.