Louisville Karen-Burmese Company
117 Crescent Ave.
Louisville, KY, 40206-1525
Near the turn of this century, life for the people of Burma became increasingly harder. Because of persecution and economic instability, many fled their homes for safety and sought to support their families in refugee camps along the border of Thailand.
In 2003, the United States and other western nations opened their doors to these refugees. Most, including many Seventh-day Adventists, came to the United Stated. The US government settled the refugees throughout the fifty states, and one group arrived to the Louisville, Kentucky area.
In 2012, a group of about fifteen Adventists believing God’s promise of His presence (Matthew 18:20), stepped together out of the Baptist Church (where Karen was spoken) in order to worship among Adventists at the South Louisville Seventh-day Adventist Church. Si Blur, an Adventist from Dayton, Ohio, and an Adventist pastor known to them as “Pastor Jimmy”, brought Adventist refugees to Louisville from North Carolina to worship at the South Louisville church.
Within a short time, Si Blur and his wife moved from Dayton to nurture the group. The numbers attending the group quickly grew due to the interest in joining the group’s Bible study and worship by some non-Adventists from the refugee community, members that had arrived in Louisville from refugee camps, and young people. Needing more room, they began meeting in the Louisville Korean Church where Pastor John Moon provided additional pastoral support. With God’s blessing, they were approved by the Conference Executive Committee to become an official Seventh-day Adventist Company.
The Sabbath of January 5, 2013, was truly a Sabbath of new beginnings. On this first Sabbath of a new year, sixty people were present as thirty-three refugees from Burma signed the charter to become the first Karen-Burmese Seventh-day Adventist Company of the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference.
As they continue their fellowship and ministry, the members appreciate your continued prayers that God will use them to introduce countless refugees, as well as non-believers, to come to know Jesus.