Ray Wah Life Story
Ray Wah began a journey of exile when he was nine years old (June, 1984). His parents moved the family from their home state of Karen, Burma because the military dictator of the country “beat the Karen people and fought them constantly”. Ray Wah lived in the Mae La Camp on the Thailand border for 25 years. Paw Mu Paw, Ray Wah’s wife lived in the refugee camp for 10 years. They met and were married and gave birth to a son and two daughters at the camp. Their names are Sah K’lay, Bu Gay, and Byaw Ku Paw.
In 1994 under the ministry of Dr. Simon their pastor and also a refugee, Ray Wah gave his heart to the Lord and became a believer. Ray Wah worked in the refugee camp hospital as a Level III supervisor. When they left the camp in 2007 there were over 9,000 people at the Mae La Camp (one of 9 large refugee camps in Thailand). Ray Wah said that for a family their size they received 51 kilos of rice a month. They could obtain some beans, cooking oil, chile peppers and salt. They did not get any meat.
On June 23, 2007 Ray Wah and his wife were placed by World Relief in High Point, NC. He and his wife have worked hard on the enculturation process, they can understand and communicate in English, have moved into a rental home and Ray Wah has a steady job at the Providence Place nursing home in High Point. On May 23, 2008, Paw Mu Paw gave birth to another son, David. About three months ago they joined First Wesleyan Church as some of our earliest Burmese church members. Ray Wah is 36 years old and his wife is 31.
Ray Wah’s mother died in 1989 and his father died last year while they were still in the Mae Lae camp. Ray Wah has an older brother, Htun Lah Aye, and family that are settled in Australia. Ray Wah’s sister, Ma Nay Htun, lives in High Point with her family. Ray Wah has a brother named Cal Lay Ve (age 28) still in the Mae La camp with a wife and children. He has a married sister, Naw Mu Pluo who has two children in the camp and Ray Wah has a young sister, Esther (14 years) also in the camp. Ray Wah is hoping to see the rest of his family make it to North Carolina real soon.
Here is a 2009 movie about Rah Wah.
Here is 2010 update about Rah Wah’s family.