Clemmons NC

Karenni People ~ Clemmons, NC

July 2011

God's plan for this summer's mission was for Virginia Voices to work with the Karenni People, a shy group originally from Burma. Burmese military dictatorships, since after World War II, have continually persecutedthese smiling people in order to acquire their land.
Thus, the Karenni people have fled from their homes inside Burma to live in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border for many years. Unable to return to Burma because of the dangers and having no legal status in Thailand, Karenni people have begun migrating to the United States so their children might have hope in a better life.
This summer through the help of Open Arms Refugee Ministry, Virginia Voices was able to work with 145 children during a five day Vacation Bible School. During the morning, we showered the children with love as we taught the young ones simple Bible songs, played games, and assisted with arts and crafts. In the afternoon, we taught voice and choral music to New Start, a singing group made up of middle and high school Karenni students, while taking the young ones for a dip in the pool. In the evening, New Start performed in conjunction with Virginia Voices at local shelters and churches. Man may have intended harm to these gentle people, but God has intended to bring them to the land of opportunity and unto Himself.