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:
What Hasn’t Changed?
- 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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to volunteer, contact Janet Peavler at email@example.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.