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Chin Ministry of Lewisville, TX
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New Name, Logo, Non-Profit: Same Ministry

As of March 2015, the Chin Refugee Ministry officially became its own independent non-profit (501 c 3) organization operating under a new name: Chin Community Ministry.

With our new name and non-profit status, we also unveil a new logo. The logo, designed by board member Joey Dean with help from a graphic designer, Nadiyah on Fiverr (an online marketplace offering tasks and services), brings forth a fresh design that incorporates Chin State flag colors and the Indian pied hornbill, a symbol of loyalty for all Chin people. It is our hope that our logo conveys the vibrant diversity and strength of the Chin community.

Why the Change? The ministry to the Chin has grown over the last seven years, and since that time, we have operated under the umbrella of First Baptist Church Flower Mound, which gave birth to the ministry in 2007. As we looked ahead to future ministry possibilities and to continue meeting the growing needs of a growing Chin population, we believed it was time to stand on our own and become our own non-profit organization. We are excited for what the Lord has in store for us as we continue to partner with the community to help our Chin brothers and sisters stand on their own.

Why the Change, Part 2? 
When a refugee becomes a citizen, he or she hands in their I-94 card, symbol of refugee status, and is no longer a refugee. Our ministry has helped many Chin achieve U.S. citizen status in the last eight years. Although it is true that most of the Chin we serve are refugees, we also partner with many Chin who have gone on to become U.S. citizens and productive members of our community working hard to make a better life for their families. Our new name is a salute to them.

Why Community? 
The Chin are truly a communal people, and the best representation of what it means to be a community in every sense of the 
word. Americans have much to learn from them about that. Our volunteers and staff are just that—a community of different individuals from different backgrounds, churches, and organizations working together for the greater good of the Chin.
 
Why the Need for a New Non-Profit? To Keep Pace With The Ministry: What started as a help to a few Chin refugees is now a full-blown ministry to close to 3,500 Chin living in Lewisville, including five local Chin churches. And, what started as a ministry of First Baptist Church Flower Mound has now become a community multi-church effort. We thank God that more are being helped and that more are helping.

To Expand Our Financial Base: Companies who match their employees’ contributions to charities do not contribute to a church-based charity, and certain grants are not available to church-based charities. 
 
As the ministry has grown, so has our need for financial support. We now employ five Chin interpreter/caseworkers, and two Americans, who counsel an average of 25 Chin individuals a day. This is the first year that Becky Nelson, director, has drawn a salary. Becky and our Chin interpreters work with American volunteers to we provide the following services:
  • Mentoring relationships with Chin families
  • Assisting with housing, furniture, and repairs and maintenance
  • Helping with online school registration; getting parents to become more active in their children’s school
  • Teaching English as a second language classes and American citizenship classes
  • Reading with Chin elementary students as part of our summer reading program
  • Translating for schools, clinics, city services, mentors, and volunteers
  • Creating resumes/helping with job applications/placement, citizenship applications, green card issues, and liaison with immigration
  • Providing healthcare services (Weekly medical clinic in office; doctor/dentist appointments; paperwork; and health fairs)
What Hasn’t Changed? We are still and always will be a Christian ministry, dependent on the faith-based community to partner with us. More than ever, we are dedicated to the mission of helping to establish, equip, and engage the Chin by connecting them with American individuals, families and community resources to help meet their practical, emotional and spiritual needs as they begin a new life in America.
 
If you would like to donate financially, make your check out to Chin Community Ministry and mail to P.O. Box 271323, Flower Mound TX  75027-1323.  You can also donate through Paypal by accessing our website which remains the same: lewisvillechin.org.

If you would like to get others involved, Becky Nelson is available to speak to groups and church staffs; contact her at crm.beckynelson@hotmail.com. If you would like to volunteer, contact Janet Peavler at jeavler2@hotmail.com.
 
Thank You First Baptist Church Flower Mound! 
We would be remiss if we did not take a moment to thank First Baptist Church Flower Mound for its 
support in laying the foundation for what we have today. This would not have been a reality without the vision of former pastor, David Williams, and the staff. 

Thank you for extending your umbrella of protection over our employees. Thanks to those of you who served on our board, thanks to those of you who continue to contribute financially, thank you to Brady Geisler’s Sunday School class, who prayed for us during some difficult times. The biggest thanks of all goes to Arlyne Overman, who has served as our financial secretary all these years. As the Chin say, God bless you.  And they mean it.

Thank You, Friends of the Chin! Thank you to all of our partner churches, volunteers, community partners, and donors for everything you have done for the Chin and our ministry. We are incredibly excited for what the future holds, and we are grateful that you are a part of this journey with us.

 
We invite you to connect with us on facebook.com/lewisvillechin and @LewisvilleChin on Twitter, and at join our mailing list at lewisvillechin.org
Copyright © 2015 Chin Community Ministry, All rights reserved.


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