Category Archives: E-G

Esther Moe is settling in High Point

Today I met a single adult, Esther Moe.  She is a distant cousin of One Kiss and lives in their home.

Esther Moo Preaches to Karen 10/13/13

Esther Moo Preaches to Karen 10/13/13

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.


Eh Paw, Eh Yah and Than Naw Tu

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.

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Es Lu Lu Visited the Triad

This weekend Es Lu Lu was in High Point for a visit.  She first arrived here about 4 years ago.

Es Lu Lu right after she arrived.

Es Lu Lu right after she arrived.

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. DSC02535 Es Lu Lu God bless you!!

Welcome Eh Paw and Eh Yaw

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.

Eh Paw

Eh Paw

Eh Yaw

Eh Yaw

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

Gentle Crown

Last Sunday the Karen Burmese congregation had a guest preacher to minister and lead them in communion.   Rev. Gentle Crown resides in Raleigh, been in the states for 4 years and was ordained in the Thai border refugee camp by Sharon’s father.  Here he is pictured with our own Pastor One Kiss.

Nu Nu got to see her grandchild

Nu Nu had mentioned that Frosintina made a quick trip to High Point to get Josiah home to camp on time.  An added bonus was that Nu Nu got to hold the baby for the first time.


The first of two children’s camps was last week and the second is going on now.  Several of our Burmese children were enabled to attend these camps through the scholarships provided by the Outreach Class.  Thank you Jerry Farlow and class.

Frosintina made a quick trip to High Point last weekend so that Joshua would be back in time for camp.  Grandma Nu Nu got to see the baby for the first time.  Frosin Tina has some great pictures of the baby on her Facebook page.

Klo  Say with Nelson and Nyein with June will join the FWC father/son camping trip for the Aug 13th weekend.

A Burmese (province) preacher is going to be in the area next weekend.  He will speak on Saturday night at the Chin home cell group and Sunday morning in the Burmese language service at FWC.

One Kiss’ son. Ku Lu Taw, had a choclear implant (in one ear) and is learning to hear for the first time.

We have had 4-5 newly arriving refugee families in the last two weeks.

Lea Rey and Zu Zu are going to try to meet with Dace Hennesey about some work this week.  He helped Da Htoo get a job a few months ago.

Klo Say preached in the Karen language service this past Sunday.

Max Inthisane stepped in to preach to the Laos congregation while his father was away a few weeks ago.  But Max says it was not preaching but just a “teaching”.

Bibi Thakbal will start classes at GTCC on August 22.

Great to get back from vacation and get in touch with my friends once again!

To all my Fishermen Friends…..

Yes Klo Say, Nyein, Eh Htoo, and Hla Win Kyi, these fish are almost 3 feet long and were just 8 feet from me in the water.  They are salmon in the upper Willamette River near Eugene OR. In the picture below you will see one of the fish trying to leap to another level as they have been climbing a fish ladder.  These fish were hatched in this area, went out to the ocean for several years and now have come back to spawn another generation and then die.  An additional blessing of our vacation, besides seeing family, has been the cool weather here in Oregon, we have worn sweaters in the morning.

Look who just arrived!! Eh Moo.

A few days ago Eh Moo arrived in America after a period of time in a refugee camp.   Eh Moo is a Karen Burmese single adult who lives in an apartment on Hamilton street here in High Point, NC.    Welcome to America, Eh Moo!

New Outfits for the Holidays

The Burmese teaching team at First Wesleyan Church were honored with gifts of Karen (Burmese) clothes from the Pa Klay and Gree family.  Here is a picture of the workers posing with the clothes.  On the right is Roger Richardson, then Gree, Marcia Jobe and John McMurphy.  Roger teaches beginner ESL, Marcia advanced ESL and John teaches a Bible study for English speaking Burmese.

ESL Teachers Learn about Myanmar

Here are pictures of Gree and her son Eh Htoo showing ESL teachers Roger Richardson and Marcia Jobe where they lived on the Myanmar map.  Gree spoke of her father moving to Rangoon to become a car driver when she was very young.

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.

I saw Eh K’lu the other day

Eh K’lu has taken a job in Lumberton at the chicken processing plant.  He is a supervisor now at that job.  He used to live in High Point and work at Family Dollar on Kivett.   (more about Eh K’lu here,

This week in review…

Recent father, Ka Di Thang (nicknamed Kyaw Win) got his license a couple of weeks ago.  He works at a local nursery (plants) and now he can drive himself to work in his Mazda.

The Thakbal’s signed their closing papers on their house yesterday.   They will be moving over the next few days.

Frosintina called and she started a new job working for a laundry service that cleans and folds medical scrubs.   She also said that the local community college will evaluate her Burmese high school grades for admission into their school.   She has had thoughts of being a nurse.

Last week in Sunday school, the English speaking Burmese class, took a “field trip” to see the cross in our church sanctuary.  I had explained the purpose of the nails and ribbons.  Ray Wah was along and he went right up to the cross and put in three nails.  He has 3 relatives he will lift up in prayer for their salvation.

One Kiss and his household of 9 arrived a couple of weeks ago.  He is the father of 7 children (4 boys and 3 girls).  In addition to his wife, her mother arrived with them.   They live on north Johnson street.  One Kiss understands English fairly well and can converse.  He attended Bible college for three years in Burma. This family is S’gaw Karen.   I’ll try to get a picture.

Ed Winslow and Joe Stallings have been organizing children to attend the East District Wesleyan camp.  They tell me we have 17 Burmese children and two Burmese counselors going from our church.   We are extremely grateful for the scholarships provided for these campers by interested friends in the church.