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Live It Out, FWC Style

All over the city of High Point there were First Wesleyans involved in hands-on ministry today.  Several work teams were at the West End Ministries facilities doing landscaping, painting, staining and health screening.   A group of Burmese and Americans were at Home to Home Ministries organizing and arranging the furnishings they collect and dispense to families in need.

Also a group of Americans and Burmese joined me to plant two gardens:  One at Naing Naing’s house and one at Nyein’s house.  Below are some pictures. 


News from the Burmese Church in the Triad

About five months ago Savy was a passenger in an automobile accident.  He seriously hurt his neck and spine.  His fingers and extremities have had tingling  sensations off and on.  He has been in severe pain.   Tomorrow he will finally have surgery to try to correct the problems caused by the injuries.  Pray for this young man awaiting the arrival of his wife and her family of origin to the United States.   He is in the High Point Regional Hospital.

Separ is the oldest daughter of Pa Klay and Gree.  She and her husband and baby boy along with a couple of others were visiting from the Atlanta, GA area this weekend.  They seem to be doing fine.   They were able to see the new home of Pa Klay which has a wheel chair ramp that allows him to use his electric wheel chair for independent access to the home.

Es Lu Lu had a couple of days off and visited from Raleigh.  Her sushi business is slowly growing.  She visited with Mun Raw.  Read a fascinating story she told me at this link.

Remember Zaw Lewt and Labya Lu Lu in prayer.   They attend the Greenwood Hills Wesleyan Church.  He fell this week at work and shattered his knee.  He is in a cast and can’t work.  Just discovered he is quite adept at restoring computers to operating order.

Nan Lian Khup, has been in the states for a couple of years.  He fled his homeland over 6 years ago, making his way to Malaysia and subsequently to the United States.   This week his wife and children arrived directly from Burma.  They were granted political asylum and allowed to leave the country.  Nan Lian Khup had never seen his 6 year old son.    Pray for them as they get settled in.  Khup has been fighting some serious illness but is on the mend.  His sister flew in from New Mexico to help with the transitions.   They are a part of a church in Greensboro.

I saw Dee Ray Saturday on the bus returning workers from Lumberton to the Triad.  I am thankful he has a job.  His family stayed with us this past summer.

Nan Lian Khup

“Khup” [Coo] is a friend I have known for over two years.  He works at the High Point Regional Hospital in housekeeping.   About two weeks ago he was admitted int he hospital as a patient.   They diagnosed his medical condition and have him under treatment.  He is now back home but has lost a lot of weight.   The exciting news is that tonight at 10:00 PM his family will arrive from Myanmar.   They are not coming by way of Malaysia or Thailand but from Rangoon.  Khup fled the country before he saw the birth of his youngest son.  Tonight he will see this school age child for the first time.

Nan Lian Khup is the son of an evangelist, he attends a church in Greensboro.  Pray for him and his family as they reconnect and get settled into their life in America.    For a related post and picture click here.

Saw Tah Oo Looses Battle with Cancer

Saw Tah Oo was one of the older men who fled Burma and eventually located in High Point.   I think he was around 60.  We just got word this week that he lost a battle with cancer and passed away.   I met him in 2007.   He told me through a translator that he was a bee hunter.  He would find hives and harvest the honey.   So we took a “field trip” to see Jeter Farlow’s beehives one winter day.

Eventually Saw Tah Oo was able to obtain a job in the Nashville area and relocated to Tennessee.   This weekend, Nyein and Klo Say drove a nephew, Htoo Kee and others to pay their respects for this brave man who sought freedom in America.

Saw Tah Oo

CPAS raises $25,500

The Compassionate Performing Arts Series (CPAS) has been a joint initiative of the First Wesleyan Church and Premiere Productions.   Concerts were scheduled throughout 2009 and proceeds beyond the expenses were designated for two ministries:  the Citizens against Violence (CAV) of High Point and the Refugee Welcome Network (RWN).   Last Sunday a check was presented to each charity in the amount of  $12,750.  The Refugee Welcome Network has been able avert a person being homeless, provide portable heat, feed some who were hungry and generally be a secondary safety net for the refugees among us.   The refugees pictured on the platform are Nu Nu and Sharon.  Thank you on behalf of the RWN for your concern for those with needs among us.

First Wesleyan Church, January 24, 2010

Welcome Cung and Cing

Cung Peng Lian & Ngai Lam Cing

Cung Peng Lian and Ngai Lam Cing just arrived in the United States last Thursday.   They understand and speak English quite well.  They are from the Hahka District of the Chin State of Burma.   They fled their country and lived in Malaysia for awhile before being granted refugee status and coming to High Point.  This is a wonderful Christian couple that I have been privileged to meet.   Welcome to America Cung and Cing.

Life Story: Phon Shin

Phon Shin and his wife Zisar are from the northernmost reach of Burma.   They lived near the northern border of the Kachin state which is sandwiched between China and India.  The Kachin state is rich with natural resources like jade, gold and uranium.  Phon is from Puta-O, other Kachin in our church are from the capital city, Myitkyina.  Phon Shin and Zisar speak the Rawang language.  It is one of 6 Kachin languages.   Zisar can read some English and both can understand a lot of English and converse with Americans.

Puta-0 is near the top, Myitkyina is near center

Phon fled his family’s farm nine years ago after being conscripted to porter massive payloads of rice at age 17.  He was not able to carry the loads and so he left this unpaid position.  Thereafter the army came to his village to solicit bribes and taxes to pay for his leaving their service.  He had to flee southward from Burma to Malaysia.   He has had little contact with his father and 10 year old sister, since the father has to travel one weeks journey by car to get to a telephone.  In 2002 his mother died and a few years ago his 20 year old sister escaped the dangers of a wanton army attacking it’s own citizens by also fleeing to Malaysia.

Phon Shin met Zisar in Malaysia.   Zisar’s family are also farmers.   She has 2 brothers and 3 younger sisters.   It has been one year since she talked with her parents who remain in Kachin, Burma.  They have one child, Noa Mi Sar.

Phon Shin worked as a cook in a Chinese food restaurant while in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  They had to apply for refugee status with the U.N. and then await assignment to a region in the United States.

Flash Forward>>

Here is their picture:

Phon Shin & Zisar with baby Noa Mi Sar

Family Reunion

Last fall we wrote about Ray Wah and he was featured at Compassionate Performing Arts Concert.   Well now we have an update on his family story.  Here is a picture of Rah Wah with is brothers and sisters.   All the children are in High Point except  for an older married brother who is in Australia (Htun Lah Aye).  From Left to Right are Esther, Ray Wah, Naw Mu Pluo, Ma Nay Htun,  and Cal Lay Ve.   Rah Wah and Ma Nay Htun have been in the states for almost two years so they are helping to get the new arrival settled in.  Naw Mu Pluo’s brother-in-law has been in the states for almost a year.  His name is Kyaw Eh Su.

Ta Mla We’re Glad your Here!

Ta Mla arrived in High Point in mid-November.  He is rooming with Chaw White on Marlboro Street.  Ta Mla had lived in a refugee camp on the Thai/Burma border for a number of years.   His father is a preacher at a large church (500) in the refugee camp.   Ta Mla is doing very well with understanding English and will timidly try out his English when he gets a chance.     His sisters already live in High Point.   They are Sharon, Nyein’s wife, and Susana.  Welcome to America we’re glad you could follow our ancesters who also immigrated to this land.

Welcome Shang Thang Family

Shane Thang, Van Hnam Thang & Lydia Thang

Last month the Shang Thang family arrived in High Point.  They are from the Matuipi region of the Chin State of Burma.   The husband was employed as a cook at a restaurant while living in Maylasia, for 5 years after fleeing Myanmar.   He does a great job with English and in a short time will be quite conversant.  His wife, Van Nham Thang,  and father left her childhood home when she was 10 and she was a refugee in Khoula Lumpur for 15 years.    Van Nham Thang’s father (first picture below) is a preacher at a Matuipi church in Malayasia.  Her brother pictured below is a preacher in the Chin state.  Van Nham Thang is a second cousin to Nu Nu Thakbal one of our key Chin mothers.

Van Nham Thang's preacher Father (on right)

Van Nham Thang's Brother's family, preacher in Chin State


We are closing in on 6,000 views of the blog since we went online in May of 2008.   Should reach it in the next couple of days.

We had a new Hahka Chin family arrive this week.  The husband was quite conversant in broken English.  They have a 10 month old son, met them this morning.

I have visited with Khual, another new arrival, a couple of times this month.

Khual and Naum

Khual and Naum

He arrived in Greensboro about four months ago.  He had been living with relatives.  Now he and his wife just got their own apartment.  House to House ministries helped to set them up with furniture.  Khual has a call to preach.  At our first home visit he said he just wants to find a place where he can preach every Sunday.  Pray for God’s direction in his life.  He has his Bible college training from a school in the Philippines.

It is now Feb 2010 and Khoul has found work in Charlotte.

July 16, 2011 Just heard last night that Khoul is now pastoring a church in Charlotte.

Low Hanging Fruit

Sa Nay Maung Maung, William and Naing Soe

Sa Nay Maung Maung, William and Naing Soe

Every time I visit Eh Le Say’s house I am amazed by the abundant variety of shrubs and fruit in their yard.  Yesterday when I stopped by, Eh Le Say and I tasted figs and pears from trees in his yard.  They had never tasted either, and Mu Nai decided she liked pears.  At some time in the past, a home owner had also planted a variety of flowering trees and did extensive gardening.  Eh Le Say, his wife, his son William, his sister-in-law and two nephews are becoming established in their new life in America.

The sister-in-law, Than Hla, has a steady job at Purdue Farms.  Her oldest son, Naing Soe will start middle school this next year.  Her youngest son, Sa Nay Maung Maung is becoming a avid Nintendo player.

Eh Le Say took the family on a beach trip a few weeks ago.  He also just recently got a computer and is actually in regular communication with the brother of his wife, Mu Nai and Than Hla.  What’s amazing is this communcation is by web cam over the internet and the brother-in-law is still in the refugee camp in Thailand.

New Homeowner

IMG_5673Nyein and Sharon closed on a house last Friday and are getting settled in their new quarters.   They had lived in an apartment on Ridgecrest and now own a home on Vera Ct.

And She Wept

tearIn these last couple of weeks I saw tears come to the eyes of Nu Nu as she heard that Sar Sar Oo will have surgery to straighten her legs on September 15.  You see Nu Nu is a mother of girls this same age.  She has been praying for Sar Sar Oo who has to walk on her knees because of multiple contusions that were never reset.

I heard tears come from Becky Connely who has given her life to resettling refugees for more than two decades.  She worked side-by-side with Wayne Wingfield and now with Mark.  Becky is good at finding housing, arranging for furniture and has helped thousands to get a new start in America.  At times things can be overwhelming, pray for Becky of World Relief.

I saw tears come from my wife’s eyes as we heard through a translator that the family staying with us had lived on 31 lbs of rice a month for 13 years.  While we were worried about whether they would like our food, the family was grateful for any food.

Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl with her mother, Nu Nu

Birthday Girl with her mother, Nu Nu

Wednesday night the Thakbal’s threw a birthday bash for Frosintina.  In celebration of her 19th birthday and their two year anniversary of their arrival in America they had a cook-out.   Peng Len and Nu Nu spent all day cooking and preparing.  There were about 25 Chin and Kachin in attendance.  The evening began with prayer, a song, greetings IMG_5421by Biak, a salvation challenge by Peng Len, a few words by myself and a sermon by Es Lu Lu.   Then we had food.  I met two new Mizo Chin men at the party and a  cousin of Frosintina, Rosen,  drove down from Baltimore, MD to help celebrate.

Frosintina with her cousin

Frosintina with her cousin