A Note from Our Director
CRM is an all-volunteer organization, except for our translators. To be fully-funded with 60 hours of translator help for 2013, we need $33,100
. And right now we are funded for 2012, but not for 2013
Many people’s solution for us is get out from under the churches, become a new non-profit and go out and “get grants.” That makes me smile. One of the reasons I stay “volunteer” is because of my experience in writing grants: Nobody wants to fund salaries, and so you end up begging for money for your own salary, leaving you little time to do the work.
But I was going to do it, for the sake of the translators. Then we had a consultant come in, and the leaders from the churches were in total agreement: “there’s no real benefit in creating a new non-profit.”
I confess, I’m glad. I enjoy hearing people say, “CRM, oh, isn’t that those churches?” I’m so glad to be a part of restoring the reputation of God’s people as ones who care about the poor and the stranger.
I greatly admire George Muller, who refused to do fundraising for his orphanages, but rather would pray to God about the needs, and miraculously God would provide.
That’s been the history of CRM – we face tremendous needs, we pray to God, and He has provided. How else do you explain the hundreds of pieces of furniture that we have delivered over the past 5 years – only God could have provided that much furniture for that many families.
And so I would ask that you join us in prayer – that God will provide the funding so that we can pay our translators for 2013. Every little bit helps – a $10.00 donation pays for an hour of translation, and that’s one of the best investments in the life of the Chin people you can make. And if you want a great small group project, do a fundraiser for us, on your own – have a garage sale, do a restaurant event, and donate the proceeds to us. All donations are tax deductible.
Donations should be sent to:
Chin Refugee Ministry
1901 Timber Creek Rd
Flower Mound, TX 75028.
And that’s the end of my fundraising for 2013.
Director, Chin Refugee Ministry
Culture Corner: Chin Names
In the Chin community every family member has a different last name. Wives do not take the husband’s name; the children do not take either mother or father’s name. Among themselves the Chin say a person’s whole name – they do not have “first” names or “last” names. If I were Chin, you would introduce me as rebekahjoycenelson, saying my name as a sentence. Each name means something special. Some common Chin names:
Dawt means love
Sui means gold
Ngun means silver
Bawi means king or like a god
Par means flower
Biak means believer
Being asked to provide one of the names for a child is one of the highest honors a Chin person can give. Now that the Chin are in America, they are adding an ‘English’ name, and most are from the Bible.