Spent the afternoon at the DMV
It was like grand central station with all the Burmese coming and going. Zau Lawt, his wife Lu Lu and Shar Ne Paw were all there to take the written test. Kap Ceu, Sai Pui and Sang Awi were waiting to provide transportation for Shar Ne Paw. Christina went there for her driving test and passed and Eh Htoo tried to pass the driving test again.
The learners permit and drivers license are milestones for the new refugee arrival. It demonstrates a command of English and American culture. It affords a freedom of expression and choice. It represents opportunity on a whole new level in America.
When a person gets a license we see some “that just drive away” as Nyein would say. Others begin to help and aid their fellow refugees on a whole new level. Some quit coming to church (because we discontinue Sunday transportation for licensed drivers). Pastor I. I. and I believe that the first year or so, from arrival until licensing is a critical window for ministry by our church. Our timely friendship makes all the difference in the world.