Sai May Lin

Sai May Lin (name has been changed) Life was a struggle but manageable. Her husband could usually find work in the patty fields or as a gardener. Earnings were not much but enough to ensure their daughters were healthy. At age 40, she had not...

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Mu Nwe

Mu Nwe (name has been changed) Three girls, three daughters, three sisters– close in ages, close in interests, close in relationships. She is the oldest at age seven. There doesn’t seem to be any clear motive, just a situation where...

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Lian Htang

Lian Htang (name has been changed) He is in the middle of six siblings situated in an ordinary Myanmar family contending with a multitude of unfortunate circumstances. There was no medical clinic and no schools in his small village area. However...

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Ko Oo

Ko Oo (name has been changed) A couple of friends were walking to work in Myanmar. That day, they were running late so they decided to take a different path along the railroad track. They were engaged in their usual early morning banter when a...

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Ezara Htun

Ezara Htun (name has been changed) From sunrise to sunset, he labors in the quarry. It is crippling him but, with no education, options are severely limited. Periodically, his resentment of his circumstances pushes him towards seeking a quick...

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Kyay Sandar

Kyay Sandar (name has been changed) She had been a Buddhist her entire life of 39 years. But she had a curiosity about Christianity resulting from periodic visits by pastors, missionaries, and mission teams to her village. Usually, these...

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Kham Say Tin

Kham Say Tin (name has been changed) Their village was under an unexpected attack. Friends, neighbors, relatives were scrambling for the cover of the jungle; the same jungle which hid their enemy would hopefully now provide them with security...

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Myo Htoo

Myo Htoo (name has been changed) As high school football players go, he was small although well-built with a heat-seeking, hitting mentality which not only earned him a starting linebacker’s position but, the title of team captain. His...

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Aung Kyui and Paw Po Gey

Aung Kyui and Paw Po Gey (names has been changed) They heard through the Karen refugee community grapevine that a certain professional accountant who had a “heart for refugees” was willing to handle a family’s tax filing for...

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Win Yaw Thang

Win Yaw Thang’s story (name has been changed) Imagine the fear going through Win Yaw Thang’s mind as he was handcuffed, placed in an Austin police car, and driven away. He knew people in his situation were seldom seen again. And if they were...

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10 Reasons You’re My Hero

10 Reasons You’re My Hero

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and I was thinking about all the reasons I’m thankful for you this year. Our mission is to encourage, equip, and empower your persecuted brothers and sisters in Myanmar. In so many ways, that’s what you do for...

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A Trip to the Hospital

A Trip to the Hospital

Early one Monday morning in 2004, our housekeeper’s husband knocked on the door and told us the night before she had suffered a heart attack. She was in the government hospital and could we please help. Their ten-year-old son stood behind him...

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Money Changers in Myanmar

I wrote this in 2004 when our family lived in Myanmar… Money changers are an indispensable evil in Myanmar. The official bank change rate from Myanmar kyat to American dollars is six-to-one, but with a street money changer it is...

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Language Learning in Myanmar

One Friday afternoon, I traveled downtown Yangon to purchase an electronic adapter. Weaving through the throng of sweaty shoppers, sidewalk vendors, and fruit hawkers, I finally locate an electronics shop in the middle of the block. The store...

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