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Hla Shwe

May 16, 1961 June 16, 2019
Hla Shwe
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Elder Hla Shwe was born May 16, 1961 in the village, Poh Tha, Burma. His mother and father were May Bow and Cha Ka Pe. He was the middle child of three children. His mother died when he was about 3 years old. Because of poverty the father had to move elsewhere to find work so Hla Shwe was cared for by family members and other people. At that time he had many trials and life was very difficult. He was young and had to care for himself. When he was 23 years he accepted Christ as his savior and was baptized.
In 1983 he met a young lady by the name of Lah Htoo and on January 10, 1985 they were married in Klay Thoo, Burma. Hla Shwe worked hard as a farmer to improve himself and provide for his new family in Klay Thoo. While living in Klay Thoo they had four children and later in Tham Hin refugee camp two more were born. We, as his children, know that his love and concern for us was a priority in his life. In the Klay Htoo church, even though he had no formal education or experience, he was given the chance to serve as chairman because of his humility and desire to do his best to serve the Lord.
Because of the war in Burma in 1997 Hla Shwe and his family were forced to move to Tham Hin refugee camp in Thailand. While in Tham Hin camp the church (Kah Jer Kah Ma Klay Thoo) chose Hla Shwe to serve as an elder and later the senior elder. He served in this office until they moved to the United States in 2007. Hla Shwe was also involved with security in the refugee camp and later was in charge of Zone 1 acting as the zone 1 leader. When he moved to the U.S. Hla Shwe continued to serve the Lord in various ways in the Karen congregation and joined Indian Lake Baptist Church on April 20, 2017.
In 2007 the family moved to St Paul, MN USA. There was no work in St Paul so after 4 months Hla Shwe and Pia Lenhtoo moved to Worthington, MN to work at JBS beginning in 2008. Six months later the rest of the family joined them in Worthington. While working at JBS he helped to support a student in the Bible camp back in Thailand. January 3, 2015 after being injured at work he stopped working at JBS.
His health declined after the injury but he continued to serve the Lord without complaint. He was always smiling even though he was hurting. On May 2, 2019 he was diagnosed with liver cancer. At his earthly home, on Father's Day June 16, 2019 at 4:30 pm, he went to his heavenly home to be with his Lord.
Hla Shwe is survived by his wife, Lah Htoo; four sons, Pia Lenhtoo Shwe (Ta Gaypaw), Hsar Kabaw Shwe, Hsar Palen Shwe, and Sai Rahhtoo Shwe; two daughters, Paleh Paw Shwe (Kok Pah) and Ehthi Pawshwe (Glander Htoo) and nine grandchildren (one more on the way).
We will miss him as husband, father and grandfather. But we will try, with the Lord's help, to live by his example of working hard and serving others with love and humility.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., at the Indian Lake Baptist Church near Worthington, MN, with Pastor Jonathan Larson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be held in the Indian Lake Baptist Cemetery.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

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Visitation

Friday

21

Jun

2:00 PM 6/21/2019 2:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 6/21/2019 3:00:00 PM
Indian Lake Baptist Church

31141 Roberts Ave.
Worthington, MN 56187

Indian Lake Baptist Church
31141 Roberts Ave. Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Friday

21

Jun

3:00 PM 6/21/2019 3:00:00 PM
Indian Lake Baptist Church

31141 Roberts Ave.
Worthington, MN 56187

Indian Lake Baptist Church
31141 Roberts Ave. Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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