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Meet Moi and Je Je

L to R, Thang Moi, Je Je Moe

Growing up in Burma, Moi said, “I thought everybody in the world did forced labor. I thought it was a civil responsibility. When I was boy, we didn’t have free media so I didn’t know any better.”

Later, away from his home in rural Chin State, he found opportunity in the capital city of Rangoon. He became a successful employment agent and supported his parents, sent two sisters to Bible college, and a brother to a private boarding school. At that time, Je Je, (who later became his wife) was still in school.

But then Thang Moi had to flee Burma because of danger and persecution. It was very hard for him to leave his promising career, comforts, family, and the lush beauty of the land.

In 2007 the government killed nonviolent protesting Buddhist monks and began to arrest in large number students they believed were supporting the monks. There was great fear when people just “disappeared.” Moi knew he had to flee to Malaysia with Je Je to save her from arrest.

As a refugee in Malaysia he began to help other people who needed jobs. He became well known for his service. “I started working for the community and represented over 4,000 people to the UNHCR. So many people needed help, I had to stand and speak up on behalf of them.”

Moi, Je Je, and their daughter, Phoebe, were resettled in Columbia, Missouri and later moved to Indianapolis. After rising through the ranks and earning a top employee award at Amazon, he accepted the position as an employee specialist at a refugee resettlement agency where he could better serve others.

“When people get something, I see the joy on their faces. I’m so happy!”

But, there was more on his heart to do. He knew he was being called to preach the Gospel. Moi prayed about it for a year and the doors finally opened for him to be a pastor in Phoenix.

He and his family moved to Serrano Village Apartments at 27th Ave and Camelback Rd where they lived directly above the Abounding Service English school. What amazing neighbors Pastor Moi, Je Je, and their two daughters were!

“When I got there, I didn’t feel I would lead only certain people, but whenever it was needed, I was ready to give my hand to anybody, including refugees.”

Pastor Moi indeed served his neighbors, native US-born and other nationalities, helping them in their lives, funerals, and traumatic events, even grieving suicide and murder with them.

He also attended Abounding Service English classes, but was already so proficient that he often helped other students.

We were thrilled to have his wife Je Je attend our school as well. She greatly improved her English skills. And we had the privilege of helping them both prepare for the test and interview when they became U.S. citizens!

Pastor Moi is a dedicated member of the Abounding Service Board of Directors, founded the Arizona Chin Community, and is a leader in Project Cure, a relief effort, bringing urgently needed medical supplies to rural Burmese hospitals.

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