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For Chin refugee kids, Lewisville ISD's new language test is a credit toward graduation — and to their culture

Already struggling to learn English as they negotiated new lives in an unfamiliar land, Lewisville’s Chin students faced yet another challenge as they worked their way through the Texas school system
“It was, like, ‘What have we been learning?’ ” remembered Hanah Sung, a 17-year-old sophomore at the high school’s Killough campus for ninth- and 10th-graders.
Published: April 26, 2019

After decades of persecution and abuse, the Chin population seeks refuge and opportunity in Lewisville

Nestled in Lewisville is a community of almost 4,000 people from the Chin State of Myanmar.
Coming as refugees, this population has been persecuted and abused due to their race and religion. Today, this population represents one of the largest minority groups in the city and Chin is the third most spoken language in Lewisville ISD.
Published: March 28, 2018

Meet Becky Nelson of Chin Community Ministry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Becky Nelson.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. In 2007, the pastor of my church asked if I could help the Chin pastor who had started a church in Lewisville for Chin asylees from Burma who had escaped to the US.
Published: February 7, 2018

Lewisville’s ‘best kept secret’

There are 3,500 Chin people in Lewisville
When Ku and her husband settled in Lewisville in 2010 as refugees, they left behind their parents and much of their family. They didn’t understand English, couldn’t drive, didn’t know where the hospital or clinic was, didn’t know how to take their daughter to school, didn’t know how to apply for a job and couldn’t read important documents.
Published: July 29, 2016

NYTimes: A Milestone Meeting in Myanmar

Mr. Kerry seemed struck by the very idea that he was having the conversation at all.
Less than two months after a civilian government took many of the levers of power in Myanmar for the first time in a half century, Secretary of State John Kerry conducted a seemingly routine diplomatic meeting on Sunday with the most improbable Burmese counterpart: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident who now sits atop a government that had long kept her under house arrest.
Published: May 22, 2016

AP: Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave

All he did was ask to go home.
The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. But after being gone eight years and forced to work on a boat in faraway Indonesia, Myint Naing was willing to risk everything to see his mother again. His nights were filled with dreams of her, and time was slowly stealing her face from his memory.
Published: July 1, 2015

DVB: Country on a Leash

To this day, Burma’s military wields great power.
Under this carefully crafted and elaborately structured charter, the defence services’ dominance and independence is enshrined: military influence over the executive and parliamentary branches of government is laid out, and its ability to control sub-union administration and all branches of the government is established.
Published: June 6, 2015

Dallas Morning News: Chin Community in Lewisville

Chin refugees from Myanmar forge community in Lewisville
When she and her family first came to the U.S. a decade ago, she knew no English, a displaced kid suddenly worlds away from the life she had known.
Published: April 15, 2015

Communities in Schools: Area Chin Go Back to School

Chin Refugee Back to School Fair
Thank you to all our community supporters, business leaders, volunteers, and staff who helped distribute school supplies and assist with school registration to 435 Chin Refugee students on August 16th! With your help, these students will be prepared to start the school year ready to learn!
Published: August 22, 2014

NYTimes: Kerry Urges Myanmar to Stay on Path to Democracy, Despite Stumbles

Secretary of State John Kerry called on Myanmar’s leaders on Sunday to move ahead with fundamental reforms amid concerns that the nation is stumbling on its path to democracy.
“Is everything hunky-dory? No, not yet. Absolutely not,” Mr. Kerry said. “There are still things that need to be done.”
Published: August 11, 2014

NYTimes: Tech Scene in Myanmar Hinges on Cellphone Grid

Images of Steven P. Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg adorn the walls of Myo Myint Kyaw’s creative digital agency.
He says they inspire him. But he imagines neither man ever worked in an environment where Internet connections were so unreliable that a “file transfer” often involved delivering electronic documents across town by taxi.
Published: July 13, 2014

NYTimes: In Myanmar, the Euphoria of Reform Loses Its Glow

Three years after Myanmar’s ruling generals shed their uniforms and propelled the country on an ambitious journey toward democracy, security forces are back on the streets of the former military dictatorship.
A rampage by radical Buddhists in the sprawling city of Mandalay that left two people dead this week spurred the authorities to declare a nighttime curfew,
Published: July 4, 2014

CBS 11 DFW: Refugees In Lewisville Earn College Scholarships

Published: May 19, 2014

More Living Magazine: A Heart for the Chin

Download the article featuring CCM Director Becky Nelson, Family Mentor Gilbert Montez, and Immigrant Ting Myo
For years, God was preparing Becky Nelson for her perfect cross-cultural ministry match.
Published: November 1, 2013

NYTimes: A New Travel Site for Myanmar

Travel in Myanmar is changing so rapidly, even the country’s own tourism web site can’t keep up.
A new travel site provides overviews of tourist-friendly areas of the country as well as advice to travelers.
Published: September 3, 2013

Refugee Ministry Summit in Dallas

Learn about the Summit, slated for October 4-5 in Dallas.
CCM Director Becky Nelson will conduct workshops at the event, which is hosted by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Published: July 23, 2013

Pray for Myanmar

A war-torn nation in need of God’s light
As Myanmar struggles to rebuild and find peace, please pray with us for the Lord’s mighty hand to bring healing and hope.
Published: June 26, 2013

Lewisville Garden Field Trip

Chin Students Visit a Community Garden
Everyone had such a great time at the Kinder Field Trip to Lewisville’s Old Town Garden…very engaged students!
Published: May 06, 2013

ABC News: Burmese Refugees Flock to Iowa Meatpacking Town

Immigrant impact felt most in smaller communities
All told, about 400 refugees have descended on the town, and more are arriving by the week to reunite with friends and relatives and work grueling jobs for Tyson. Like other waves of immigrants, they were drawn to this poor, sparsely populated region of southeastern Iowa by the promise of jobs, good schools and welcoming people.
Published: May 05, 2013

Farmer Pride Daily: Lakeland Student Honored

Lakeland Elementary School and Chamber recognizes fifth-grader Run Cung.
Cung was honored during a luncheon at Lakeland April 9. “Run is very kind, mannerly and has a passion to learn in every arena,” Cung’s host mom Marcie Hatfield said.
Published: April 19, 2013

Interview: CCM Director Becky Nelson

Young Chin adults in Lewisville, TX have started their own internet news program. They provide newscasts in Chin of event all over the world that might affect the Chin people and they do interviews. Visit their website here.

Published: March 28, 2013

New York Times: World

Thailand: Deadly Fires Erupts at Refugee Camp
The fire killed at least 30 people at the camp, which is for ethnic Karen refugees from neighboring Myanmar.
Published: March 22, 2013

New York Times: World

Toll Rises as Sectarian Violence in Myanmar Spreads
At least 20 people have died in clashes between Buddhists and Muslims outside a city in central Myanmar, according to residents, a member of Parliament and local journalists.
Published: March 22, 2013

New York Times: Asia

Ethnic War in Myanmar Has China on Edge
Chinese Army units have been undergoing intense training near the border with Myanmar in anticipation of an ethnic war there spilling into southwest China, according to official Chinese news media reports on Friday.
Published: February 22, 2013

New York Times: World

In Long-Overdue Speech, Dissident Says Nobel Opened Her Heart
When she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, while under house arrest in Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said Saturday, she realized that the Burmese “were not going to be forgotten.”
Published: June 16, 2012

NeighborsGo Blog

A New Home: Seeking Refuge
Crowded in the bottom of a boat with 20 others, Zing Ku trekked from Thailand to Malaysia. It was the second leg of her journey in 2006.
Published: September 05, 2012