Category Archives: Arrivals by Name
Today I met a single adult, Esther Moe. She is a distant cousin of One Kiss and lives in their home.
While growing up in Myanmar her local church pastor challenged her to go to Bible school. She attended Bible College in the Insein suburb of Yangoon, Myanmar. After she finished, the school placed her as minister in a Karen village close to the capital. She labored for 2+ years but found a people who did not have a heart relationship with God. Facing no support for food and a non-responsive ministry, she and her aunt traveled to the Thai refugee camp. She told the Lord she would worship Him in her soul but wanted to put ministry behind her. God had other plans for her. At the refugee camp she taught a pre-school class. After three attempts to seek refuge, she came to the US.
She arrived in San Jose, Calif about 6 years ago from a Thai refugee camp. She was brought in by Catholic Charities. She was eventually taken in by a Christian family and began babysitting for 3-4 families. The ladies taught her English which made more sense when she took ESL classes at the area school. After 3-4 years she moved to Dallas, TX where she earned her Certified Nursing Associate (CNA) certificate. While she was living in TX her former Burmese pastor visited the US and called her on the phone. He asked her what she was doing to serve God. She was challenged by him to get back into an active ministry situation. One month ago she came to visit High Point. She saw the need for ministry help in the Karen congregation and is getting involved. Now she has decided to stay here and is looking for work wanting to help in the church in her spare time. Here is a link to the last part of her sermon she preached last Sunday.
Cung Pen Lian “Liana” has a sister who has arrived in High Point. Her name is Sung, with a nickname of “Abor”. She is fluent in English and arrived just this past weekend from the Chin State of Myanmar via Malaysia. Welcome to America Sung.
We want to welcome David who just arrived in High Point at the end of last week. He is from the township of Paletwa in the Chin region of Khumi. He is the first person from this town located in the SW Chin State area that borders Bangladesh. He shared his testimony in the Chin service yesterday. He has come here ahead of his wife. He has not seen his wife since 2007. He also has one brother and several sisters still in Myanmar. While he was in Malaysia he worked for 5 years as a welder and became a certified welder. He will be part of a household of three men who live on Ardale Street.
Today the Chin congregation were ministered to by Saw Van Zing. She is a Chin evangelist who lives in Sidney Australia.
A church in Midland, TX brought her to the states. Then she ministered in Dallas. Next she went to Rochester, NY and then Glen Burnie, MD. Today she was at our church and tomorrow she travels on to Kansas City. It was a privilege to have her stop on her tour to minister to the FW Chin congregation.
Thursday Eh Paw, Eh Yah and Than Naw Tu came to my house to pick green beans and apples. After we finished we went for a drive and saw a chicken farm with 10,000 chickens near Joe Stallings‘ house, we saw a couple of men flying their 1/36 scale planes at the RC airfield, saw a llama, the water of the Randleman dam, a cowboy store, and a rodeo arena.
This weekend Es Lu Lu was in High Point for a visit. She first arrived here about 4 years ago.
It was so good to see her because she is never far from our hearts in prayer and concern. She is a single Kachin lady that used to be a backpacking missionary to the Buddhist women in her country. About 6 months after she got here she began to work with sushi. First she was in a Kroger’s in Raleigh, under training by a friend from Virginia. Then she was in Bridgeton, CT. The sushi business is volatile, workers are always moving to find the right fit for them to make and sell sushi. Next Es Lu Lu was in Rock Hill, SC and now she is in Manchester, NH working out of a Fresh Market. Pray for the success of her sushi venture in New England. Pray that she might find a community of believers that love Jesus, for Christian fellowship, especially as she has to move so often. Here is her picture today. Es Lu Lu God bless you!!
This week a young man arrived from Myanmar. His name is James Phun Lung. He is married and hopes his wife can join him here soon. He is Matupi Chin and is related to some of our folks. He is a nephew of Thang Tlang and a cousin of Steven. James’ father is a preacher in Burma. He has two brothers who may come soon via Malaysia like he did. James and I were able to talk together in English. Marcia Jobe learned he had repaired air conditioners when he was in Malaysia.
Yesterday was a great day of festivities with the grandchildren. We had a cook out, they went and saw their uncle perform in a concert, and we wound up the day watching fireworks. Creekside Park in Archdale provided an excellent display of illuminating fire-flowers and resounding booms seen by thousands in the park and surrounding neighborhoods. I took along Key Rey and Than Naw Tu because there is nothing like watching fire-works through the eyes of a refugee.
Two documents from history should accompany this post, and some pictures.
Preamble to the Constitution: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
Previous July 4th Posts:
This month we have had a number of new arrivals. Two brothers of Paw Kyet Yaw arrived following their sister to start a new life in High Point. I was talking with the World Relief director, Andrew, and he indicated that the number of refugees in camps on the Thai border is now 70,000. The UN is setting a deadline for these folks to apply for refugee status. This final group will filter through to various countries over the next few years. The UN has already combined camps and is closing down the refugee camps in this border area. In Malaysia and India there are still a number of Chin and Kachin refugees seeking asylum from persecution on Myanmar.
We had a balmy Saturday and that has prompted many families to want to start their gardens. In our region they say to wait until April 15 to plant most of the garden vegetables. In fact this week we are supposed to have another freezing night. However between yesterday and last week Soe Doh, his brother, Awngah, and Bye Bye have helped deliver compost to six different families. Three of the families. Cha Dah, Cal Lay Ve, and Kyaw Eh Su used to live in apartments on South Academy and have now moved to single family homes in town. The last family we delivered to yesterday was Hla Win Kyi. They just moved into a house on Enterprise (near Grace Church). Here are some pictures:
Eh Ta Mwe Paw, a female single, is a cousin of Nin Nin Yee and she is living in Cal Bin’s family.
Aung Thein is a brother of Nin Nin Yee. He has one daughter who is 4 years old. He is going to be living at the Hamilton Street apartments.