John (name changed) is a refugee who fled from the Middle East and has been settled here in America with his family for just under two years. John and his family were originally brought to Texas where they lived and found work. Just a few months ago, however, John had to make his way to Kansas City for various reasons. His plan was to stay there, find an apartment, and bring the rest of his family up also. After 2 months of being by himself, I was introduced to him through a friend. The week before, he had just had a stroke and was very weak in his mid-thirties. Two weeks into meeting him, he informed me that he was going to go back to Texas the next day to be with his family and may not be coming back. So I ran out to my car and gave him the Bible I was planning on bringing to him in his heart language and with great joy he received it and thanked me numerous times. He proceeded to tell me that he had been reading through the book of John with one of his friends in Texas and had been reading every morning from the Bible since he had been here, but that his Bible had been stolen along with his bag just a few days before. He was very excited to read, and so we eventually opened up to Mark and read the first chapter or so and talked about the many amazing miracles Jesus performed. Not too long after, we said our goodbyes and the next morning he went back to be with his family.
This story is just a short testimony of how God is at work in the lives of others, even where you find yourself now. Praise God that He allows us to come along side Him and work in His harvest fields!
Doh Wah came from the Karen State in Myanmar through a refugee camp in Thailand. He is one of the first refugees that we had the privilege to meet and serve in 2012. After living in the US for five years, Doh Wah was eligible to take the test for citizenship. After becoming a naturalized citizen, Doh Wah called me to help him apply for his passport. Shortly after this, he called me again to take him to vote in the presidential election. Doh Wah is purchasing his home and serving in his local church fellowship. Doh Wah is a joyful soul who is always eager to help others. He speaks Karen, Burmese, Thai and English. Doh Wah is married to Say Hi, and he is the father of 5 boys! He is your new American-Citizen neighbor.