David Maung has been invited by Mayor John Cooper to light the Nashville Christmas tree this Friday. David has been bestowed the honor because of his participation in a Metro School’s summer reading program. He read more books than any other child in the program. Earlier this fall, he met the mayor and helped perform some executive tasks for the day. Now, David has been asked to light the tree.

David’s parents are Karen refugees from Burma. His mother was a month old when her family fled the genocide destroying their people. For 18 years, she lived in a refugee camp before being granted resettlement in Nashville. Two weeks ago, she became a U.S. Citizen. David and his four little sisters are all first-generation Americans.

Nashville First helps support Nashville World Outreach Partners thru the ministry of Tusculum Hills Baptist Church. Their location off Nolensville Road gives them a unique ability to minister to refugees and oppressed people from around the world. The Maung family has received love and support from Nashville World Outreach since the beginning of our partnership. David attends the Children’s Freedom Choir and Sunday morning services. Our church helps fund the salaries for missionary workers who assist these refugee families. Thank you church for making a difference in the lives of so many and sharing the light of Christ with the world.

If you would like to come out and support David and his family, the tree lighting will be Friday evening, Dec. 6 between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. in Nashville Public Square Park, Union Street and 3rd Avenue North.