Nathan and his family were first introduced to Leng Mang’s family after an urgent email was sent out late one Friday night from World Relief of the Triangle asking for brief housing while a refugee family’s apartment was being prepared.
“My wife and I decided this would be a great opportunity to serve refugees and to use our home that God has blessed us with as a ministry tool,” Nathan said. “I have been involved with World Relief of the Triangle in the past, but have wanted to find other ways to be involved.”
Leng Mang’s family arrived to the U.S. on May 6th and stayed with Nathan and his family until May 10th. By the end of the week, the two families had bonded over meals and watching their kids play outside.
On May 10th Nathan helped the family move into their new apartment. Since then, the entire family has been enrolled in ESL classes and they are settling in nicely.
“Aung Win has a two hour commute to ESL classes each day, but he has such a great attitude about it,” Nathan said, “It’s evident that he is grateful that he has the opportunity to learn English, even though it may require riding on 3 different buses to get there. I could learn a lot from his perspective on life, particularly during times when I am prone to complain while sitting in my car in traffic.”
Nathan says that he believes that his family was very blessed by the experience of hosting Leng Mang’s family, “We are so thankful that the Lord has allowed our family to develop a friendship with them.”The two families loved getting to know each other, and their friendship is concrete proof of the connections and work being done here at World Relief of the Triangle. For anyone that is interested in finding other ways to serve, hosting a family is an excellent way.
Throughout their stay and as their friendship continues, the two families find ways to communicate despite language discrepancies.
“Though there is a language barrier,” Nathan said, “we have been able to communicate through broken English, the iBurmese app, and lots of sign language.”
Out of all the things that the two families did together, what Nathan and his wife enjoyed most was watching Leng Mang and his family interact with their children, two of which are 8-month-old twins.
“Leng Mang, Aung Win and Len Len Aung are always fighting over who gets to hold them! We often heard Leng Mang singing to the babies while he was holding them. It was so precious.”
Nathan and his wife plan to continue serving in this way. However, next time a similar situation occurs, the family may do a few things differently.
In particular concerning their preparation of typical American dishes.
“We’ll have to remember the next time we host a Burmese family not to cook pork chops…”
If you are interested in finding ways to serve, including hosting a family, contact Kaylee Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.