Pray for Duane and Marcia Binkley, helping minister to Karen refugees in Thailand and the U.S.July 19, 2011
The Binkley family
They write: We are excited to report that the first three Karen in Akron, Ohio completed high school and have graduated. So many Karen youth came to the U.S. with the dream of getting an education so they can help their people. It is a real struggle for these Karen that speak virtually no English to be thrown into the US school system. But in spite of the challenges, some make it through and are now in a position to take advantage of new opportunities for higher education, something that would be impossible had they stayed in the refugee camps. In the coming years, there should be increasing numbers of Karen graduating from high school.
To encourage the Karen youth in
our area to remain in school and to aim for college, we helped organize a
special program. We invited Saw Kapi and some of his friends who are
former refugees that have been in the US
for a while to come and speak with the Karen youth in Akron. Like the refugees in Akron, they came to the US not knowing English and not
knowing American culture. But they struggled through until they now have
college degrees. Saw Kapi works in the Admissions Department of the University of Maryland
and is well versed in the US
college system. Others in the group completed college and have now
started their own non-profit organization to help the Karen and others from Burma.
It is great that they can present the information in the Karen language and
that they are willing to be an example to other Karen youth trying to find
- Pray for Marcia and Duane as they assist in ministry to Karen people both in the refugee camps in Thailand and those who have emigrated to the United States
- Pray for the congregations that have reached out to help the Karen who have come to the U.S.