Category Archives: C-D

Welcome Tui Moe, Sui Him and David Thung

Kyaw Win’s brother and family just arrived this week.  Here is a picture of them at church this past Sunday morning.

Welcome them when you see them.

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Ai David Zar Li came to America from Khumi

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.

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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.

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Fresh Veggies from the Farmer’s Market

This week one of our church families contacted the RWN to mention some fresh vegetables available for our arrivals from other countries.  This FWC family have a subscription service with Painter’s Farms to pick up vegetables each weekend at the Farmer’s Market.  The family was going to be out of town and they wanted to put the vegetables to good use.

We picked up the vegetables, passed them along to Pastor Cing who will focus on giving them to families whose breadwinner’s just lost their job at the chicken processing plants in Mocksville and Siler City.  We want to let them know we are thinking about them and praying for them.   Here’s the story in pictures:

Dawt Cung Arrived!

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Dawt Cung [dot chung].  He is from the Talngin [Tolng Gong] region of the Chin State of Burma (see map below).  He came ahead of his wife and three sons.   He and his neighbors have had to flee their country because of a military that persecutes Christians, and enslaves young men like him for weeks on end without provision for him or his family.  He has been invited by the United States of America to seek refugee in our country and is making a new life in High Point, NC.   The local First Wesleyan Church has a program called First Rice that provides a 20-25 lb bag of rice within in a few days of a refugee’s arrival.  Dawt Cung is sitting in the back closest to the door.

Dawt Cung is sitting the back closest to the door.

David Du Asked me a Question

David Du is a man who lost his left foot in Burma before he arrived in America a year or so ago.  But that is not stopping him from adjusting.  He wears a prosthetic, attends daily ESL classes, has his driver’s permit and just acquired a car.

Well I have been limping around in a cast and now a boot while healing from reconstruction (May 16) of my peroneal tendon.  I got a temporary handicap placard.  David’s question was how he could he get one.   I printed the form from the DMV and instructed him to get any doctor to sign it at his next visit and then for $5 he could get a five year placard for use in his car.   While my card was temporary his will be permanent.

David Du with his car right behind him, and apartment bldg behind that!

Doctor Cynthia Maung

Fifty one year old Cynthia Maung operates a clinic on the border of Burma/Thailand.   Her work has had a major impact on the Burmese refugees who live in High Point and around the world.   Here is a link to a well written story about her in the Seattle Times.  Here is the link to her clinic.

Getting those names right!

The other day I spent some time with Clement and Ka Di Thang arranging for some car repair.   Ka Di Thang  called Clement, Mane [mah nay] and so I asked him about this name.  He said this is a nick name.  He and his wife Mary work at the Townsend chicken plant in Siler City.  However Mane is currently at home recovering from a sprain and bruise to his right arm and wrist.

Another person who works in Siler City is K’naw Bawh [kay nah bawh].  I had been mispronouncing his name but as I spent time with my friends I heard them say it the correct way.  He is one of the pastors of our Chin worship group.

Gideon Lian, Welcome to this World

I got a call this morning from Cung Pen Lian and he told me his wife,  Pastor Cing, gave birth to Gideon Lian a healthy 6+lb. baby boy.  I will try to get a picture of the baby in the next couple of weeks.  Here is a picture of mother and father with Kay and I last Christmas.  Pastor Cing is one of the key leaders of our Burmese language Chin service of FWC.

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.

They traveled from a Far Country

Clement and Mary have been in the US for a few months.   They have not yet landed jobs.  We went and saw Christmas lights together the other night.  Clement tells me he completed university training in Myanmar before fleeing the country.   Clement is fluent in English and his wife does very well with this new language as well.

Clement and Mary, December 2010

Clement and Mary are from Mindat which is in the southwest corner of the Chin state of Myanmar.

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Myanmar in context, between India and China

Ma Aye Kyi is a new Driver

In the last couple of weeks I have learned of several people who have finished their training and obtained their drivers license.  Nu Nu, Char Lay Htoo, Cing Cing, and Ma Aye Kyi are all recently licensed.  Being able to drive will help all these people in caring for the needs of their families.

Ma Aye Kyi, wearing the red sweater in the picture below, is the mother of three children, Thah Way, Sar Sar Oo, and Toe Win.  She is also one of several widows among the High Point, NC Burmese refugees.

See related posts:  DMV, and The Fleet.

Clement and Mary-New Arrivals

About a month ago Clement and Mary arrived from the Chin state of Mindat. They are the first people to arrive from this southeastern area of this state in Myanmar.  Clement and Mary were given Christian names in their village. Bumana is Clement’s Burmese name.  Clement speaks English very well, Mary is also doing well in her English studies.  While looking for work they attend GTCC.

Boats, trains and Kayaks

The City Lake Park offered a variety of diversions for the First Wesleyan church family during their annual picnic.

Above is Vena beside his sons near the front of the train.   Pictured immediately above is NeCe, SaiPu with his daughter, Dom Hlei Sung.  Next to Sai Pu is NuNu.

Moving on back in the train is Lily with a couple of her Sunday schools tudents.

 

Gree Daw with her son Ka Htoo

 

Heading up the back of the Train is Sang Awi, a neighbor beside him and his son, Chan Cung Thang behind him.

The boat tour was a lot of fun and consisted of a number of Burmese, a Laotian family and a Dr. Karen Bernard with her family.

An American FWC family brought along some kayaks.   We had one Karen adolescent, Lu Eh Say, try it out.   He said he had been to the park before with some friends to go swimming in the pool.

Caught a picture of Stiven and family

Stiven, Christina and their baby are doing well as evidenced in this picture.  Stiven is the son of an evangelist from the Chin state of Burma and Christina is from the Karen state.  They have been here in the US about 3 years.