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Kardias Ministries 2011 Year-End Report Supplemental: Haung Dau

Haung Dau: In His Own Words

Haung Dau

I can’t believe how God is working in my life. I would not be in the U.S. without God’s miracle. How can a person from a third world country come to the United States and study when studying and living costs are so high? By myself, it is impossible for me to study here, but people like you make it possible for me to study in the U.S.

I have been living and studying in the U.S. for three years and now I am half way through my degree. I feel blessed and I am very thankful to God and people who help Kardias Ministries. I especially want to thank the Smith family for their support. I would like to share with you about what is going on in my life here and a little bit about back home.

Currently, I am attending classes at Vincennes University, Indiana, majoring in Business Administration. The coming 2012 spring semester will be my last semester at Vincennes University. After that I am transferring to Indianapolis University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in the fall of 2012, and I will be majoring in Management (Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs). After finishing two more years at IUPUI, I will be going back home to Burma.

I believe that what I am studying here will help me to achieve my dream, which is running an orphanage place. I really dream that I will be able to be a help to my people. In order to achieve my goal, I need your help to finish my schooling first. I know going to college in the U.S. is not easy: it is very costly. The bigger schools cost more. I appreciate your generosity.

I also would like to share what is going on back home now. Currently, we have an ongoing civil war between the Burmese military soldiers and the Kachin ethnic armed group in the northern part of Burma, where I am from. The fighting has been going on for several months and people have abandoned their houses and belongings. Villagers had to leave their rice fields and farm lands where they used to plant crops. This year people could not harvest any crops due to the conflict. Where my sister’s family lives is so dangerous they had to move to my mom’s house where it is safer. Many other people moved to their relative’s houses for a better shelter.

Things are very rough back home now. Officers from both sides have talked about peace several times, but the conflict has not stopped yet. Even though the new government was formed and promises to change the country, many people face difficulties from oppression and war. People in the country still hope for the authentic change in Burma.

Finally, my life in the U.S. is such a blessing. Living with the Smith family and getting to know many other friends is priceless for me. Living in the U.S is challenging for me but people around me support and encourage me spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.

One of my best experiences in the U.S. is driving. It was what I wanted to do while I was in the States. Driving was scary and overwhelming at first, but now I enjoy driving. Another thing I enjoy is going to the Feast of Tabernacles with the Smiths. While travelling to the Feast, I got a chance to see and visit many beautiful places in the States.

In the meantime, sometimes it is hard to be away from home, family and friends back home, but I have my dream to help my people one day. I definitely need your help to fulfill my goal now and in the future. I cannot express enough how thankful I am to all of you who help me. Without God, and your help, I would not be able to fulfill my ultimate goal, so I ask you for help. I can see a glass half full for the future. I am sure that the education that I am getting now in the U.S. will have a positive impact on my people back home.