Bellevue Heights Church donates bus to help refugees

From left to right are Tansy Kadoe, director of communications at Arizona Karen Baptist Church; Pastor Tha Hser Tun; Regina Wheeler, chairwoman of the Care and Concerns Department at Bellevue Heights; and Robert McKay, church moderator.

To help support the transportation needs of a refugee congregation, Bellevue Heights Church in Sun City donated one of its buses to the Arizona Karen Baptist Church.

Title to the 14-passenger bus was transferred recently to Pastor Tha Hser Tun and Tansy Kadoe, director of communications.

According to Kadoe, the bus was put into use immediately, transporting people to services on Sundays and throughout the week.

A large majority of the 400-member Phoenix congregation fled their homeland of Burma (Myanmar), to escape violent government persecution of ethnic Karen and other minorities. Most spent several years in Thai refugee camps before being able to immigrate to the United States. For the past decade, Bellevue Heights has actively supported the ministry at Arizona Karen Baptist Church.

Worship services for AKBC are held at the Monte Vista Baptist Church, with a second campus at the former West Dunlap Baptist Church, both in Phoenix.