Yesterday Thang Tlang and Hlamay hosted a house warming Burmese style. First he had invited guests from Charlotte and Atlanta (10+) including a family relative, Dr. Aung Lai Matu who preached. Our local Burmese/Chin group was well represented with about 40 people. Mr. C (representing Pastor I.I.), myself and Rick Oak were also in attendance. There was much singing of Christian songs, some solos, prayers, greetings from several guests and great food. Praise the Lord for this family being able to purchase and then dedicate their new home.
Rev. Aung Lai Matu, Knaw Bawk, Rick Oak and I had quite a visit. His brother is the head of the Reformed church in Myanmar (click his recent newsletter). Dr. Aung Lai Matu, who earned his doctorate at Reformed Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, used to minister in New York City. He is now planting a church in Atlanta. Rev. Aung Lai Matu says that there are now 7000 Burmese in Atlanta, for every one family that leaves, 10 come in to be a part of the Burmese community and to find work. Many of the Burmese in Atlanta work in area chicken processing plants.
Thang Tlang and Hlamay with their son Ne Ce, and daughters Esther and Mary are members of First Wesleyan Church in High Point. They fled the Matupi township in the Chin State of Burma due to oppression by the government against Christians of the region. Here is a link to some of the Matu cultural music.