It’s long past time for an update on our Burmese family. I haven’t been quite as motivated to post because there hasn’t been a lot of news to report.
The three younger kids in our Burmese Bunch, as some of us affectionately call the family, are doing well in school. Their classes are all taught in the context of English As a Second Language. Saw May Htun, the oldest son, and Ai Aing, the dad, are learning English at Project of Easton, a nonprofit downtown. Yi Than, the mom, is learning English once a week by herself and again on Sunday mornings with whatever family members decide to participate. There are no tutors available at Project of Easton due to funding cuts, and she doesn’t have the capacity to learn in the beginners class. So ESL volunteers to work one-on-one with her are needed. No experience is necessary, and you can observe the ongoing sessions to see how it’s done. Just 1 or 2 hours once a week would make a big difference. Please get in touch (email@example.com) if you can help.
Saw May Htun continues to work at Don Juan Mex Grill, 518 March Street, Easton. The location is very convenient, almost right across the street from the family’s apartment. I enjoyed lunch there recently and the co-owner was very positive about him. And the pork burrito was great! Try it out; giving the restaurant your business can only help Saw May Htun. It seems that Lafayette College students are the more frequent customers of the restaurant, so it decreased its hours during winter break in January, which meant that Saw May Htun’s hours were cut as well. I’m a little concerned that the same thing will happen during the summer break. I talked with the co-owner about this and she didn’t think a dramatic cut in hours would happen. Let’s hope and pray.
Yi Than, the mom, continues to work at the Touch of Thai restaurant in downtown Easton. Whenever I ask about how things are going, I’m told all is well. However, the owner is going to close the restaurant for four months — I’m guessing to visit Thailand, but I really don’t know why — so that’s going to be a significant loss of income for the family.
Both of these jobs are part time and together do not cover the financial needs of the family. And as I’ve noted, there will be a loss of working hours soon. Getting more work is a major need. If you have any leads on opportunities, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org). From everything we’ve seen and heard, this is a hard-working family that just needs opportunities.
Recently an anonymous donor at Cornerstone Church gave $1,000 for the family — thank you, Lord! (Last year a family from partner church Fellowship Baptist donated $1,000.) They obtained a laptop some time ago and I’m thinking that high-end English As A Second Language software would be a good investment. The family’s lacking a printer so that might be a good use for some of the remaining money.
Today Claire helped the Burmese Bunch apply for green cards. Janine brought over our kids, Oliver and Isabelle, to dye Easter eggs. It would be great for more friendship interactions with family members to take place.
I hope to hold a meeting about the ministry soon to regroup, possibly after the second service concludes at Cornerstone (about 12:15 p.m.) on Sunday, April 22 or April 29.
If you have a desire to help the family, please let me know. Otherwise, please pray for more work and ESL volunteers.
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