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First Wesleyan Church (FWC) of High Point, NC has a ministry with Burmese refugees resettling in the United States. This outreach was initiated by the Lao part of our FWC congregation. That FWC ministry is pastored by Inthava Inthisane.
Burma, also known as Myanmar is ruled by a military junta. The country is in Southeast Asia bordered by India, China, Laos, Thailand and Bangaladesh.
At this time the church has refugees from several provinces of Burma. On Sundays at FWC, you might meet David from the Koumi region of the Chin province, Mi Ah Kyi from the central Burma region, Thang Tlang from the Matupi area of the Chin province, Saw Leh Paw from the Karenni area or Klo Say from the Karen region
The refugees of High Point are being resettled by World Relief. They help to arrange relocation and provide initial settlement services. After a few months World Relief hopes to see most of the refugees functioning on their own.
The Karen arrivals have generally been in Thailand in refugee camps right near the national border. Many fled their homes in Burma and lived in the camps for five to fifteen years. Some were born in Thailand.
The Chin refugees fled their home state on the west side of the country, traveling south through Thailand to Malaysia where they sought refugee status while finding jobs with which to earn money for food and lodging.
Currently there are opportunities to befriend Burmese families, transport Burmese to church and doctors visits, help teach Burmese children, help Burmese with paperwork, and help teach English. Call Pastor Inthava Inthisane (Ph. 336-884-1111) to sign up to help!