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Please Come Show Your Support for the Chin People

Newsletter: January 2015
A Chin Cultural Festival celebrating Chin National Day will be held Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Harmon High School.

While feasting on a traditional Chin meal, enjoy traditional dancing and hear Chin students perform Chin music. This will be the last Chin National Day to be celebrated at Harmon; the Chin Club is to become the Asian Student club next year. 

Please come and show your support for a holiday that represents one of the most significant decisions made in the history of the Chin  - the decision to become a democracy.  This decision is part of the reason they are so severely persecuted by the military regime that runs their country.

The event will be held in the Harmon High School cafeteria from 6:00-8:00pm, located at 1250 W. Round Grove Road, Lewisville TX.

Reservations are not required, but recommended to Lydia Bor at borlydia@gmail.com.
 

A Christmas Story

Yes, Christmas is over, but the blessings given by the congregation of First United Methodist Church of Lewisville, continue on.

A 21-year old Chin man, T., is basically on his own, trying to support a younger brother, finish his high school education, and work full time. A Chin young woman, M., is the oldest in a large family and enrolled in school to become a nurse. Both were chosen to receive a Christmas check to help with financial constraints that stand in the way of achieving their dream. This was done as part of the observing of Advent.  

Advent, a time of preparation for the coming of the Christ child, is a tradition for FUMC. Members of the congregation seek to invest in the lives of the poor in some way, since Jesus, himself, first came to the poorest of the poor: Mary and Joseph and the shepherds.  This year they decided that each of their three congregations would choose one person to listen to their story, and invest in their future. T and M are the very grateful recipients of this Christmas blessing.
 

Sewing Machines

Randy Cole, of ABCSEW, generously donated his time and expertise, in addition to sewing machine parts, to repair 4 sewing machines for Chin families. Thank you, Mr. Cole!

The Chin women use the machines to sew both for their family and to earn extra money by sewing for others.

If you have an unused sewing machine, please consider donating it to the Chin. We also accept donations of fabric and sewing notions. Contact Janet Peavler at jpeavler2@hotmail.com.

Chin MKL Essay Winners

Two Chin students were honored on January 18, 2015, along with other winners, in the annual essay and art competition held as part of the Southern Denton County Annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

David Thang, a student at Lakeland Elementary, placed first in the 4th grade competition and Helena Hawi, a student at Vickery Elementary, placed third in the 5th grade division.   Each wrote an essay on "Diversity - Our Beloved Country".   



Man-Up Mentoring Event
 
On February 4th all 9th and 10th grade male Chin students are invited to Man-Up Wednesday night from 6:30-8:00pm at Rockpointe Church. Chin youth leaders, chin pastors, American mentors - you are also invited so you can see what the ministry is.

Both 9th and 10th grades are very hard in America, especially for students whose fathers are not in the home or have to work so much that they get to see their sons. Therefore, Rockpointe Church is helping American families by helping to mentor their sons. There will be soccer, basketball, as well as other sports. There will be skills taught such as tying a tie, shining shoes, how to treat women courteously, in addition to outdoor skills opportunities, such as camping, building a fire, using a compass, gun safety, bow and arrow training.  

We believe it is a good match for the Chin male students who are missing their country and the outdoor life so much. There will also be a Bible study in which students learn the teachings of Jesus Christ and apply it to their lives in the decisions they make which will be a good way to improve English, as well.

This event will be held in the West Pointe building at Rockpointe Church, located at 4503 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound, TX 75028. Someone will be there to meet you. If you need transportation, please contact Becky Nelson at crm.beckynelson@hotmail.com
EVENTS

Wed, Feb 4
:  Man-up for 9th and 10th grade boys starts at Rockpointe, 6:00-8:00 pm.

Saturday, Feb 7: Citizenship classes start 10:00 am-12:00 pm at CRM offices at Basswood.  

Monday, Feb 9: Online early registration for all new students wanting to attend Lillie Jackson Pre-K next year. If you need help with online registration, please come to CRM offices for help.

Friday, Feb 13: Benny Sazul starts maternity leave. PLEASE DO NOT CALL HER PERSONAL CELL PHONE FOR HELP FOR THE NEXT TWO MONTHS. Let the woman have her baby.  

Thursday, Feb 19: Chin Cultural Festival from 6:00-8:00 pm at Harmon High School

Sunday, April 26: SHARE DAY  10:30 am-12:00 pm Basswood Apartments.

DONATIONS NEEDED
Needed immediately: Basic furniture for newcomers - couches, dining room or kitchen table and chairs, dressers (small enough to fit into apartments). For furniture pick-up, call our donation line at 469-444-1231.

Clothes needed for SHARE DAY - small and medium adults, all sizes children.  Please bring to CRM offices at 1020 Fox Avenue #504, Lewisville, TX.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers needed to help with citizenship classes. If you can help, contact Becky Nelson at crm.beckynelson@hotmail.com

 
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