The city where I go to church is listed as a “soft landing site” for refugees. I don’t know why, or what criteria is set up for this. In fact I can’t really tell you exactly what that means! It just is. As such, we have a lot of interesting immigrants coming into our area. At our particular church we have a large group of people from the Burma/Thai border called the “Karen” (kuh-rin). I think they come to us because they are Christian immigrants; also, our pastor was over there working for them…gosh, 30+ years ago. So he knows them, knows their hisory. They are a very persecuted people; they’ve been subjected to ethnic cleansing by the Burmese since sometime in the 1940’s.
Well, I’m not gonna get all political on you…. I don’t know too much about the whole deal except that I believe it’s certainly wrong to try to wipe an entire group of people off the face of the earth.
One guy from their group got up and sang a worship song in their native tongue. It was pretty cool.