Category Archives: A-B

Spring is in the Air

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:

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New Karen Arrivals

Extended family members of Cal Bin’s wife Nin Nin Yee arrived this week. Cal Bin also called Cal Ve, is a brother of Ray Wah.

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.

In the picture Nin Nin Yee is in the middle, her cousin is to her immediate right, her 4 yr old niece is to her right and her brother is to her left.  2013-02-10 10.24.52-5

Lea Rey An Orphan

Lea Rey arrived with his older brother, Baw Reh and sister Nae Mah (naming convention) about two years ago.   Their parents were dead before they arrived.  Lea Rey is under age 21 so he can attend high school until he graduates.   His brother got a job 120 miles away in Lumberton, but is now getting married and moving out of state.  His sister got married.  So Lea Rey, who is Karenni has been staying with Beh Reh, an unrelated Kayah (Karenni) family.  Lea Rey would like to get a summer job and I said we need to pray about getting a job.   Our church can give him a monthly bag of rice to help with his food.

Lea Rey

Biak and Ap Ar will be moving

Biak and Ap Ar will be moving to Columbus Junction, IA in the next couple of weeks.   The family will be joining other people of their specific Hahka Chin dialect group.  Biak just completed a Master’s Degree from Vintage Bible College and Seminary.  After a few years in that Iowa community, Biak is thinking of going to seminary in the Philippines for further education.
If you know them you might want to get in touch before they leave.

These are pictures from September 2009, baby Peter is up and running around now.

Columbus Junction Iowa, is near the Illinois border.  It is about 60 miles due east of Oskaloosa, IA where Kay and I met and went to Bible college.   The first church I pastored was just south in Ottumwa, IA.

Mike Limpach, who attends First Wesleyan Church, works for Musco Lighting.  Their offices are in this part of Iowa as well.

Nay Lay Brings his family to High Point

Nay Lay and his family arrived in High Point a month or so ago.  He is the son-in-law of widow Pywae Mae.  Dah Mu Poe is the wife, August Paw is the oldest daughter and Joe Pa Paw is the other daughter.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Noble Prize Winner, Released

After a 20 year house internment, this daughter of Myanmar’s founder was released yesterday.  Here is a link to some pictures

Google this subject right away to find more news, information and perspective.

This is Tha Ku

Tha Ku arrived a week ago from one of the Thailand refugee camps.  He is acquainted with Blah Moo and is one of four living in their Ardale apartment. Welcome to High Point, Tha Ku.

Ble Moo Taught ESL in Refugee Camp

We have four single young men who arrived in the last 3 weeks.   They are from a different refugee camp then the rest of our folks.  I will feature them in the next few posts.

Ble Moo [Blay Moo] is almost 6′ tall.  I asked him about his height and he said that his mother was also tall.  He is adept at English and has already interviewed for a job at High Point University in their food service department.

The US government has invited you and we want to welcome you to America, Ble Moo!

Ble Moo

Mun Rah Checked Out

On Wednesday Mun Rah gave birth to their baby by Thursday noon we took this picture of her checking out the High Point Hospital.  The babies name is Pan Seng Ing Tang Bau.   Here she is waiting with the baby, Bibi, and a hospital volunteer as the proud father, La Zang gets the car.

Pan Seng Ing Tang Bau

Where’s Al Ream – She was at the wedding.

Al Ream made it to her niece’s wedding.  She lifted up her voice in prayer for Frosintina and Rosanmang.  Al Ream had to leave the Chin State of Myanmar because of her overt Christian practice of prayer.  She fled to Malaysia where the Chin try to keep a low profile but they couldn’t keep her silent.  Now her Christian friends enable this 78 year old “aunt” to travel across America praying.

Al Ream in Maryland

High Point Tornado Touchdown

When the tornado touched down in High Point last Sunday night it caused devastation that made national news.  Here are a couple of pictures that you may have seen on the television.

Homes just off North Johnson street in High Point

Damage happened on March 28, 2010 - Sunday Night

Today some of the Burmese got involved in tornado relief.   Wednesday morning three Burmese and myself went to the neighborhood pictured above and helped move brush to the street, cleaned up a debris strewn lawn and moved sections of a downed fence to the street.

Lae Lo Thaw, Win Maung, Cung Pen Lian

In the picture above these gentlemen pose next to a 20′ section of gutter that was launched from a house and speared into the ground in a soggy back yard.

Picture of some of the damaged yards we cleaned

On Wednesday evening, First Wesleyan Church took about 200 volunteers to another hard hit neighborhood.   Steve and Peggy Hambright had extensive tree damage on their property and their neighbors also suffered severe damage.   Crews from the FWC, in red t-shirts, worked up and down the street.  Here they are battling with a massive log, in a neighbor’s yard, to get it cut up and moved to the side of the street.

Derrick Johnson, Ka Di Thang, Joel Farlow, and Cung Pen Lian

Among the volunteers from our church on Wednesday night were Frosintina, Bi Bi, Kay McMurphy, Ka Di Thang, Peng Len Thakbal, Win Maung and Cung Pen Lian.    Win Maung was the newest arrival and was a great help with the team.


Biak and Ap Ar’s son, Peter, came to church last Sunday.   He is really growing and he really looks like his daddy.  We like to have a growing church. Ask mom and dad they have plenty of more pictures. 

Biak has started taking graduate courses at a school in Winston-Salem.  He continues to be one of the key leaders of our Chin/Burmese speaking congregation at FWC.

Cha Dah and Mu Plo Great to have you Here!

In November, Cha Day brought his family and sister-in-law to America.  His wife is the sister of Be Aye and his brother, Kyaw Eh Su has been here for about nine months.   They live over on Brentwood Street.

(r-l) Mu Plo, Ma Nae Htoo, Win Win Chaw, Thay and Cha Dah

Life Story: Saw Ler Phaw

Saw Ler Phaw grew up in the village of Te Tah Klo in the Deh Moss Soe region of the Kayah State of Burma.  He has a brother and sister who still live there.  His wife grew up in Dar Tah Klay village in the Pru Soe region.  Their families were farmers primarily raising crops for sustenance but did harvest peanuts for resale.

IMG_4876In 1984 Saw Ler Phaw moved to the Thai/Burma border region so that he could travel into Thailand as a migrant worker.  He lived there from 1984 until 1996.  During that time he was active in the Karenni National Association and their resistance army.  They were fighting the Burmese government for freedom and autonomy as a state.

During this time, in 1992, he met JB.  This man had moved his family to the Thai/Burma border to learn the Kayah (or Karenni) language.  Saw Ler Phaw became his teacher.  JB recruited Saw Ler Phaw to help translate the Bible into the Kayah language.   They worked together on this project from 1994 to 2004.  This monumental project has yielded a first time New Testament of the Bible in the Karenni language.  Always before they had to hear the Bible in a foreign language.

In 1996 Saw Ler Phaw fled the Burmese military with his family into a refugee camp in Thailand.  He lived in the refugee camp from 1996 until he came to America in June of 2009.  Two of his three children were born in the camp.

Saw Ler Phaw was taught to type on a computer and began translating the Bible from the Burmese and Karen texts.  He would read it then write it in the Kayah language and then check it with his fellow countrymen for accuracy.   JB would check the translation for alignment with the original Greek and Hebrew texts.     In between, while working on this major project, Saw Ler Phaw  translated some 34 children’s books out of Burmese and Karen into Kayah.

Saw Ler Phaw’s mother, Beh Ah Mah died in 1974 and his father, Yo Peh passed in 2008.  Saw Ler Phaw’s wife, Hla May Pray is the seventh of twelve siblings.   The rest of her family remain in Burma where they farm rice, corn and many other vegetables.  Saw Ler Phaw and Hla May Pray have three children named Soe Me, Saw Reh and Sher Mei.  Hla May Pray has skilled in using fabricating with her hand loom which she is able to utilize in her home.

Saw Ler Phaw wants to begin using the completed first translation of the Bible in studies with his people.  We will be exploring ways for him to put this gift of the Word to work.  Fast Forward Link. Another Fast Forward Link.

Ray Wah Life Story

Ray WahRay Wah began a journey of exile when he was nine years old (June, 1984).  His parents moved the family from their home state of Karen, Burma because the military dictator of the country “beat the Karen people and fought them constantly”.  Ray Wah lived in the Mae La Camp on the Thailand border for 25 years.  Paw Mu Paw, Ray Wah’s wife lived in the refugee camp for 10 years.  They met and were married and gave birth to a son and two daughters at the camp.  Their names are Sah K’lay, Bu Gay, and Byaw Ku Paw.

In 1994 under the ministry of Dr. Simon their pastor and also a refugee, Ray Wah gave his heart to the Lord and became a believer. Ray Wah worked in the refugee camp hospital as a Level III supervisor.  When they left the camp in 2007 there were over 9,000 people at the Mae La Camp (one of 9 large refugee camps in Thailand).  Ray Wah said that for a family their size they received 51 kilos of rice a month.  They could obtain some beans, cooking oil, chile peppers and salt.  They did not get any meat.

On June 23, 2007 Ray Wah and his wife were placed by World Relief in High Point, NC.  He and his wife have worked hard on the enculturation process, they can understand and communicate in English, have moved into a rental home and Ray Wah has a steady job at the Providence Place nursing home in High Point.    On May 23, 2008, Paw Mu Paw gave birth to another son, David.  About three months ago they joined First Wesleyan Church as some of our earliest Burmese church members.  Ray Wah is 36 years old and his wife is 31.

Ray Wah’s mother died in 1989 and his father died last year while they were still in the Mae Lae camp. Ray Wah has an older brother, Htun Lah Aye, and family that are settled in Australia.  Ray Wah’s sister, Ma Nay Htun, lives in High Point with her family.  Ray Wah has a brother named Cal Lay Ve (age 28) still in the Mae La camp with a wife and children.  He has a married sister, Naw Mu Pluo who has two children in the camp and Ray Wah has a young sister, Esther (14 years) also in the camp.  Ray Wah is hoping to see the rest of his family make it to North Carolina real soon.

Here is a 2009 movie about Rah Wah.

Here is 2010 update about Rah Wah’s family.