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L-R: David Nei Mang Thaum, Caleb Sawi Thaum and Nilian Sum, members of Chin Christian Church at time of joining Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. MCEC photo.
The Chin people were once an independent people in the western part of Burma (also known as Myanmar) and in nearby states in India. Because of missionary influence, a large majority of Chin people became Christian. Many left their homeland because of persecution, and arrived in North America in the early 2000s. By 2010 there were 1200 Chin people in Canada and 16,000 in the United States.

A group of Chin Christian in Ottawa began to meet in December 2003 as the Ottawa Chin Believers Fellowship. It met in homes and included persons from a variety of denominational backgrounds. In June 2011 it became known as the Chin Christian Church, in recognition of its denominational variety. Through the influence of Pastor Jehu Lian, pastor of the Chin Christian Church in Kitchener, they became aware of Mennonites and explored a relationship with Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC).

In April 2012 the Chin Christian Church was accepted as an emerging congregation in MCEC. The worshiping community in the Ottawa Chin congregation was about 70 persons in 2012, including children. The congregational chair in 2012 was Pu No Kio Bik.

Bibliography

Chin Christian Church. "Khan Thuhla/About Us." Web. 30 April 2012. http://www.chinchristianchurch.ca/about-us.

Tiam, C. K. Hrang. "The Chin Diaspora: A Great People Resource." Torch Trinity Journal 13:2 (2010): 209. Web. 30 April 2012. http://www.ttgst.ac.kr/upload/ttgst_resources13/20124-264.pdf.

Additional Information

Address: Chin Christian Church, c/o Chinese Christian Church of Ottawa, 116 Empress Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7G2

Websitehttp://www.chinchristianchurch.ca/

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Canada

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada


Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published April 2012


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Steiner, Sam. "Chin Christian Church (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2012. Web. 22 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Chin_Christian_Church_(Ottawa,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=79581.

APA style

Steiner, Sam. (April 2012). Chin Christian Church (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Chin_Christian_Church_(Ottawa,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=79581.




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