What is CBCUSA?

Chin Baptist Churches USA was founded in November, 2004 by six churches.
God blesses CBCUSA more than we can imagine. We are now composed of 111 churches, with a population of 30,300. CBCUSA is spread out in most of the U.S.

Where is the Chin?

The Chins are settled in a mountainous country in the northern part of India, the Chittagong Hills Track of Bangladesh, and the center and western part of the Union of Burma. Politically it is divided by three international border lines, namely they are the Union of Burma, Bangladesh and India. Chinland is of high altitude and is a hilly region. It lies approximately between latitude 20 degrees 10 minutes North, and 24 degrees 30 minutes North, and longitude 92 degrees 50 minutes East and 94 degrees 10 minutes East. Its length is about 300 miles from North to South and about 100 miles from East to West. India borders it to the North and West, Bangladesh to the South-West, Rakhine State to the South, and Burma to the East. The Area of Chinland is 13,913 square miles.

Who we are?

To trace the origin, history and migration of the Chin people is very difficult because of the absence of written documents, and the Chins have no contact with their neighboring people and countries. Chin did not have a written language until 1894 when the alphabet was developed by Surgeon Major A.E Newland of Britain. Their history was passed generation to generation by oral tradition. Prior to settling down in the present Chinland, there were many opinions as to where the Chins came from and why they immigrated to their present area. Most scholars agree that the Chin are Mongoloid by race and belong to the Tibeto-Burman group. The Chin had a connection and relationship with the people of Tibet and China prior to their immigration to the present Chinland.

What are the Aims and Objectives of CBCUSA?

1. To proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ
2. To strengthen believers with faith, spirit and soul
3. To share our hardship and sorrows
4. To maintain and promote our culture, literature, and Identity

How did the Chin become the Children of God?

Chin Christians are the fruit of American Baptist Foreign Missions Board.

The Profiles of Missionaries to the Chin

  1. Arthur Eric & Laura Hardin Carson: The first missionaries who brought the Word of God to the Chinland and its people were Arthur E. and Laura H. Carson, who arrived in Halkha, the capital city of Chinland, on March 15, 1899. Arthur E. Carson died on April 1, 1908 after serving twenty one years among the Chin. Laura died on July 19, 1942 after serving forty two years.
  2. Erick Hjamar & Emily Johnson East: The Second missionaries to the Chinland was Dr. Erik and Emily Johnson. They arrived Halkha on March 21, 1902. After serving for six years working for the health and the Gospel, the East family was forced to leave Chinland in 1908 due to personal illness. Dr. East died on August 3, 1939 and Mrs. East died on April 27, in Portland, Oregan.
  3. Joseph Herbert & Elizabeth Smith Cope: The 3th missionaries to the Chinland were Joseph Herbert and Elizabeth Smith Cope, arrived Chinland on December 21, 1908. Dr. Cope served 33 years as the longest-term missionary and school inspector for the Chin people and the British Empire. Elizabeth died on December 10, 1968, in Philadelphia.
  4. John Gustav & Bessie Livers Woodin: The 4th missionary family to the Chinland was John Gustav and Bessie Woodin. They arrived Halkha on Deceber 23, 1910. The ABFMS appointed the Woodin family to substitute for Dr. East at Halkha mission hospital as medical missionaries to the Chinland. They left Chinland on February 22, 1915, after serving five years as medical missionaries because of Mrs. Woodin’s personal health problems. Mrs. Woodin died on September 12, 1925, Mr. Woodin died on July 30, 1969.
  5. Chester U. & Florence Talbot Strait: The 5th missionary family was Chester U. and Florence T. Strait. They arrived Halkha on April 5, 1926. Dr. Strait’s mission strategy provided the most historic momentum in Chin history. He tried to fulfill the educational needs of the Chin people, specifically by building a Bible School. Dr. Strait died on March 4, 1980 and Mrs. Strait died on September 18, 1985.
  6. Franklin O. & Phileda Ogren Nelson: The 6th missionary family was Chester U and Florence T. Strait. They arrived Tiddim on December 2, 1939. They left Chinland on February 23, 1951, due to the illness of Phileda, expecting to return to Chinland when Phileda recovered. Regretfully, the Burmese government never allowed them to return to Chinland.
  7. Robert Gustav & Elizabeth Lue Johnson: ABMS appointed the Johnsons as missionary to Chinland on April 21, 1941. They arrived in Tiddim on May 30, 1946, moved to Halkha in February, 1947. After the Nelsons left Chinland in February, 1951, the Johnsons family was the only foreign missionaries in Chinland until 1966, when the military government of Burma expelled all missiaonaries by forced.

What is CBCUSA’s goal?

In Burma, 85% of population is Buddhist. Chin Baptist Churches USA believes that God has sent a message and challenge for them, which is to preach and teach the word of God to Buddhists and Animists.

What has CBCUSA done?

  • CBCUSA now has 96 missionaries in southern Chinland of Burma.
  • CBCUSA is also sponsoring 80 students from grades eight to grade ten from remote areas.
  • CBCUSA has built more than 20 churches in southern part of Chinland.
  • CBCUSA has built 8 kindergarten centers where the Gospel is not allowed to be shared or preached
  • CBCUSA uses 13 nurses to carry the Word of God, by supply villagers with health care necessities where the Gospel is not allowed to be preached and taught.

What is CBCUSA going to do?

  • Send more missionaries to where the Chin people reside.
  • Send more nurses to the places where the Word of God is not allowed to be shared.
  • Sponsor more students from very remote areas and illiterate areas.
  • Build churches where the word of God is accepted in newly converted villages.
  • To help supply water to the villages that do not have an assessable water source.

If you want to know more about CBCUSA, or would like to partner up with CBCUSA, do not hesitate to call me at 317-402-7233 or, email me at tbawihrin@cbcusa.org. You can also visit cbcusa.org.

Sincerely,

Thlaawr Bawihrin
General Secretary
CBCUSA
Indianapolis