Category Archives: Provincial Groups
At our First Wesleyan Church in High Point, NC We currently have the following Burmese people groups:
Karenni (Kayah): http://legacy.joshuaproject.net/print.php?rog3=BM&peo3=12587
Pwo Karen (eastern): http://legacy.joshuaproject.net/peoples.php?peo3=15395
I came across this detailed ethnography of the Sqaw Karen written by Harry Ignatius Marshall and published by Ohio State University in 1922. Get ready for some serious reading, but be rewarded with a great understanding of the Karen people:
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.
Please click on this link to read details of the flooding during this last rainy season (July 2013).
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.
The Chin Fellowship group of First Wesleyan Church enjoyed a weekend of preaching and teaching that ended with their Sunday afternoon worship time. Naw Jar drove down from Rockville, Maryland and ministered the Word. Naw Jar is a Kachin man who serves with Pastor Moses at the church Frosentina and Rosen attend. It was good to have Naw Jar here.