Life Story: Jame Phun Lung
Jame’s father was a preacher in the Mateipi township of the Chin state of Myanmar. The family consisted of 7 children, six boys and a baby girl. His father moved his family to Yangoon in 2003 so that he could pursue his Bible training. He is now preaching in a Fundamental Baptist church in Yangoon. Jame and his brothers were at risk for being drafted into the police-state military. The military does the bidding of its autocratic leadership with sometimes child soldiers. The military is known to have hyped its forced recruits up on drugs, and to generally oppress the citizens of Myanmar. So Jame and his brother fled to Malaysia in 2008 and applied for refugee status. They were processed within a year and awaited relocation to a receiving county. While living in Malaysia Jame worked in the field of air conditioning, his brother worked with sheet rock and his younger brother worked for a restaurant.
Jame came to High Point last summer and began getting acclimated to a new life. Since he came from a big family familiar faces were important to him. In the Triad he found a number of acquaintances from back home in Myanmar. Just recently (May 2014) his brothers joined him. Jame is the oldest in his family of origin, his brother Thang Lian is 23. His next brother has married and lives in Yangoon. The fourth brother also just arrived, his name is Chris Born (born on December 25). The fifth brother is contemplating going to Bible school in New Delhi. The youngest sibling is the only girl. She is around 9 years.
I talked to Jame about what he wants to do in the future and he says he wants to study the Bible more.