Well the semester is done so I can take a few minutes to blog some things. I was contemplating the situation of the Burmese in regards to language. Visible parts of the oppression the Myanmar junta was the imposing of one religion, one government and one language through out the disparate provinces and divisions of the country.
Now among the refugees in the U.S. the common Burmese language has become a blessing. Individuals are able to minister across language barriers among the Burmese. More importantly the Bible can be preached to a wider range of congregants. However at our church we have a large population of Karen Burmese that do not know Burmese or have only a marginal facility with the language. So we have a worship service in Burmese for them. Then we have the Chin group with its multiple languages that conducts worship in Burmese. This latter group is also able to minister to other individuals from Burma for whom this is the best language of hearing the Word of God.
Meanwhile all of these folks are acquiring our host country language, English. for everyday commerce. English does not come easily for new arrivals but it is pervasive here in High Point, North Carolina, United States of America.