Gathering Steam: Chin Christian Leaders to Formulate Plans
22 April 2012: Board members and regional delegates of the Global Chin Christian Fellowship (GCCF) are meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 25-30 April 2012 to work out details of its future plans.
The second conference, expected to be attended by more than 120 Christian pastors and leaders from both inside and outside of Burma including Bangladesh and India, will discuss and lay down practical frameworks and procedures for effective operations after two years of preparations.
Rev. Pa Ni Maung, Vice Chairman of GCCF, told Chinland Guardian: “Among many other issues on the agenda, the constitution draft would be properly looked at and confirmed during the conference. From this on, GCCF will focus on taking practical steps towards achieving its goals.”
In its 7-point aims and objectives, GCCF says it will work for both physical and spiritual development of the Chin community, and speak for those Chins who cannot speak for themselves.
GCCF will strive to equip itself with necessary resources and capacities in order to work together and support Chin churches, NGOs, organizations and institutions in their development works for the betterment of Chin people inside Burma and abroad, according to the Chin pastor based in Bangkok, Thailand.
In June last year, GCCF leaders held a three-day meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand in preparation of the upcoming conference, discussing various issues relating to education, rural health, food security and other development projects that will directly benefit local people in Burma, India and Bangladesh.
Collectively agreed with the name during the Chin Christian Leader’s Consultation held in February 2010 in Thailand, the Global Chin Christian Fellowship (GCCF) was established at its first conference held in Malaysia in November with more than 250 Chin Christian leaders across the globe in attendance.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang