The Karen: In Despair But Hopeful

you have heard about the karen people. you have seen some of the faces i dearly love. you have read how God has put burden in my heart for this particular group.

but today, i want to show you more about their lives, their plight and their hope. i give thanks to my dear friend, juli jarvis, who shared this precious video with me. it is a little long, about 23 minutes, but it will be worth the watch. it is divided into 3 parts.

this past year, i have had a lot of opportunities to meet great karen men and women who i respect and love. they come from different backgrounds. some were born and raised here in thailand as normal thai people but some others had to run for life…whose families were scattered all over…and ended up in different refugee camps.

God has cared for these people. even though they are scarred with pain and brutality from the past, they chose God’s love and forgiveness. they moved on. one great thing about the karens is that they never abandon their heritage or fellow countrymen. despite locations, their mind is set on helping their people in one way or another and also preserving their ways of life and culture.

here’s a provoking thought. i found it in an article about the karens in burma. it conveys the message that the reason the karens pick up guns and go into battles is not because they want to spread their territories or desire political power in burma. 

they fight for their fundamental rights to live in peace.

they fight to protect their own.

my friend from church, dahbu, penned a beautiful song about the karens’ plight and hope like this:

“Oh God, bless my countrymen

We have gone through so much difficulty

Both physically and mentally

Life is full of worries and struggles

Oh God, pull us out

of  the oppression

We are spreaded out and scattered

Our hope is gone

Oh, God please bless Your children

We’re begging you

Yet may everything happen not according to our will

But Yours”

i’d like to leave this post with the scripture from 2 corinthians 4:8-10:

8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.


About Mink Gough

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9 View all posts by Mink Gough

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