Chin pastor to receive ‘Suzan Johnson Cook Religious Freedom Award’
08 April 2015 — Rev. Dr. C. Duh Kam, executive director of the Chin Baptist Churches USA, is one of two Christian pastors, originally from Burma, selected to receive the Suzan Johnson Cook Religious Freedom Award.
Kam and Rev. Dr. Saw Ler Htoo, general secretary of the Karen Baptist Churches USA, will be presented with the award in recognition of their selfless work in promoting religious freedom.
Rev. Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III, executive director and CEO of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, said: “We have identified the Chin and the Karen Conventions as exemplary entities which were created and sustained by the precious value of religious liberty.”
The two pastors had met with international organizations and government officials including the U.S. State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom to advocate human rights and religious freedom in Burma, a country ruled by military regime for decades.
Kam, senior pastor of the Chin Baptist Mission Church in Washington DC Metropolitan Area, has made trips to Malaysia, Thailand and Burma in an effort to visit and help refugees, especially from Burma.
The Chin pastor, from Thau in Thantlang Township, Chin State, worked as a schoolteacher in Falam Township before he studied at the Myanmar Institute of Theology and in the US.
The ceremony to present the award is likely to take place on 26 June 2015.
Dr. Suzan Denise Johnson Cook served as the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom from April, 2011 to October 2013.#