Bring ‘Em Back Alive!
Well I guess that title would get you attention. Today we moved ahead with the initiative to try to get our Karen & Karenni fathers home with their families every weekend. Right now they work in Lumber Bridge and stay in Lumberton during the week. Mountainaire Farms, a chicken processing plant down there, works with a contractor to provide housing and transportation. However these fathers have large families that live in High Point. The contractor can only bring them home every other weekend. And because of the various shifts they can only be home for 30 hours before they are picked up and taken back to Lumberton for another two week period.
So Saturday Kap Ceu Tang and I drove to Lumberton and picked up three fathers and two friends to come home for the weekend. It took 2 1/4 hours to drive the 138 mile (one-way) trip. Here is a picture of part of the group in front of Saw Ler Pah’s weekday house:
Yes that is a cell phone glued to Saw Ler Paw’s ear. His ability to speak four languages as well as broken English means he is in constant contact with his family, the FWC family and other friends. Pastor Inthava sees him as a key leader in our church to assist with translation, day-to-day needs and leadership.
Monday morning Saw Ler Paw will go with a translator to the DMV to get his Learner’s Permit (to drive). Over the next couple of months he will work on learning to drive. In the meantime Kap Ceu Tang, who works in High Point for Marsh Cabinets, will help every other weekend to get these fathers home with their families. Soon Saw Ler Paw will be able to drive the fathers back and forth himself.