Settling into Omaha..............

Moo Kpaw Htoo finds out his shoe size.

Moo Kpaw Htoo finds out his shoe size.

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Ann Cole and Susan Recker of the Refugee Task Force have taken our four school-age children shopping for school clothes with the help of their granddaughters, Justina Cole and Laura Recker. Thanks to parishioners for contributing the funds to finance the shopping trips.

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The family joined us for the Parish Picnic 


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Members of the Refugee Task Force have taken members of our family to the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. Because Dah Po works on Saturday, team members took him and two older kids on a Sunday and Hsa Pree and the children on a Saturday. Everyone had a wonderful time and our family loves the zoo. A donor gave the Refugee Task Force money to buy our family a zoo membership.

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Over Memorial Day weekend, Dah Po, Hsa Pre and 4 of their 6 children enjoyed an afternoon at Prairie Lane Park.  Playground equipment provided plenty of opportunity for exercise  — and fun!   The family was accompanied by Refugee Committee members Jane O’Brien, Mary Ann McDonald, Dawn Manker, Kathy McDonald, and Susan Recker and her family.      

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The children also enjoyed blowing bubbles, looking at books, drawing with sidewalk chalk, playing with a beach ball and eating ice cream.   

Dah Po Has a Job
Congratulations to Dah Po, the husband and father of our family, who has just begun his new job with Tyson Iowa, a meat packing company. He’ll be working in packaging once he completes orientation. We are very excited for him and for our whole family. It will be a hard job but it is a start

The family continues to progress in many other ways.

                •They have a community garden plot near their home where they will grow vegetables this summer. Thanks to Karen Krall Murphy for setting this up.

                •Hsa Pree and Dah Po have been taking English classes at Augustana Lutheran Church. Refugee team volunteers drive them to and from school. They have progressed well. The three oldest children seem to be doing well at Benson West School and will be attending summer classes.

Thanks St. John’s Parishioners

                The refugee team is EXTREMELY grateful to St. John’s parishioners for their generosity to our laundry jars project. The response has been amazing and goes a long way to meeting not only laundry but other needs of our family. This parish has SUCH a big heart!!!!

                We continue to receive offers of help for which we are deeply grateful. Bless all of you!

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                Thanks to Nursing College faculty members for donating backpacks, school supplies and laundry money to our family. You can see how delighted our kids are as they unpack these gifts. Our three oldest children ride the bus daily to Benson West and are making friends at school.