Christian Event Postponed Due To Election
18 August 2010: A planned Christian celebration to mark the arrival of American missionary Dr. J. H. Cope and wife Elizabeth to Tedim town of Northern Chin State has been postponed as it coincides with Burma’s upcoming general election, which is to be held on 7 November 2010.
The ceremony called Cope Centenary Jubilee was scheduled to take place on 4-7 November 2010 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the American Chrisitian missionary couple reaching in the area for the first time.
A meeting held last Monday by 39 Christian leaders said that the date for the centennial celebration has not been confirmed but it has to be held in November, the month that Dr. Cope and wife Elizabeth arrived.
The Rev. Dr Joseph Herbert Cope and wife Elizabeth Cope came to the Chin Hills in 1908 after Rev. A. E. Carson died on 1 April 1908. After two years, Rev. Cope transferred his headquarter from Hakha to Tiddim on the 19 April, 1910. He worked for 30 years not only as a Christian missionary but also as the Honorary Inspector of Schools in Chin Hills.
Dr. J.H. Cope died of diarrhoea on the 11 June 1938 in Hakha, where he was buried.
Khaipi and Van Biak Thang