Chin Refugees In Lewisville. An Introduction to the Chin People of Burma and the Chin Refugee Ministry Chin Refugee Ministry April 10, 2011. Quiz.
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Chin Refugees In Lewisville
An Introduction to the Chin People of Burma and the Chin Refugee Ministry
Chin Refugee Ministry
April 10, 2011
See Hakha – That’s our Chin
Our group is from the area around Hakha – speak Hakha Chin
Chin State: Land of Mountains
Rural: no electricity, no indoor plumbing, no refrigeration
Dirt Roads – No cars
Beautiful Land of Rivers & Hills
Than Shwe ranked No. 4 on Parade Magazine's 2009 "World's Worst Dictators" list.
Thein Sein, “elected” in March, Than Shwe still making the decisions. Nothing has changed.
Who is a Refugee?
There are more than 11 million refugees in the world right now.
Qualify as Refugees in 3 Ways
1. Race (traditional ethnic tension between Burmese & Chin. Two separate countries until the British colonized them and put them together)
2. Religion (Chin are Christians; Burmese are mostly Buddhist)
3 Reasons You Can be Classified as Refugee
Problem: No refugee rights in Malaysia – they are illegal, no official camps can be built for them.
River for drinking water, bathing, washing clothes, bathroom
The Process: How A Refugee Comes To Dallas
Refugee is interviewed by the Joint Voluntary Agency (JVA) representative to grant refugee status (if a refugee has relatives in the USA, they must file an affidavit of relationship form at this time)
The refugee flees homeland to a country of first asylum
In the country of first asylum the refugee registers with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the American Embassy
1 to 2 weeks later, the refugee flies into DFW Airport and is met by agency staff/volunteers
Refugee is interviewed by U.S. Citizenship Immigration Service (formerly INS) to grant refugee status. *
If Rejected: Refugee must file request for reconsideration; Second interview with JVA, if approved; Second interview with USCIS if approved
If not approved, refugee must stay in country of first asylum OR if approved by JVA but not by USCIS, they may apply to another country
The national agency allocates the refugee to one of their local offices, such as Dallas, to begin the resettlement process
If Approved: Biographical Data is sent to the Refugee Processing Center in Arlington, VA
Refugee is now allocated to one of ten national resettlement agencies at a weekly meeting
* It can take several months to a decade before a refugee is approved to come to the U.S.!
Resettlement (up to 6 months)
Limited Financial Aid
($400 per family member for 4 months)
Social Security Card, Texas ID, Food Stamps
Health care (Medicaid)
School enrollment for kids
English Classes for adults
Ongoing services (up to 5 years)
Job Retention, Upgrades, Reemployment
Education and Training
They weren’t supposed to come to Lewisville
FBC FM, pastored by David Williams, sponsored Pastor Zam Mang and CEBC as a mission
In June 2007, FBCFM began Chin Refugee Ministry by request of Zam Mang with Becky Nelson, leader.
Help the refugees.
The majority of our Chin are young adults just starting their families, trying to figure out parenting itself, as well as how to be Chin parents in America where nothing is the same
Pastor Zam Mang, Becky Nelson
has led the CRM from June 2007
to the present
(bribery is the way things get done in Burma, and Chin are very poor)