Chin Christians in Australia Vow to Work Together
30 October 2011: In an attempt to forge closer collaboration, leaders of Chin churches in Australia gathered yesterday in Melbourne, forming an umbrella organization called Chin Christian Council in Australia (CCCA).
Seventeen Christian churches from Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide made an agreement to work together and develop relationship through the newly established body, which has got a total of nine committee members for a two-year term.
Dr. Dennis Shu Maung, President of CCCA, said in an interview with Chinland Today that the purpose of the organization is to serve as a common platform for Chin Christians living in Australia in order to show the glory of God, to strengthen cooperation and to set an example of Christian life to the Australians.
“The door is widely open to those who have not joined the council and we hope that they will become members in the future,” added Dr. Dennis Shu Maung, former professor at Philippines Christian University.
As part of its programmes, CCCA is to start working on the possibility of holding a General Assembly for Chin Christians in the whole Australia late next year.
It is estimated that there are more than 4,000 Chins living in Australia, most of them being resettled as refugees from Chin State, Burma under the UNHCR resettlement programme from India and Malaysia.
Reporting by Maw Mawi & Thawng Zel Thang