Home Page |
Mission Statement |
Statement of Faith |
Charter and By-Laws |
Newsletter Archives |
Facts | References |
Prayer List |
MIZO SECTION |
MIZO SECTION ARCHIVE
MCGN is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization promoting spiritual renewal and economic development of the people in Mizoram and the surrounding region by serving them as Jesus did. (Mt. 20:28)
"The harvest is truly plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."
MIZO CHRISTIAN GLOBAL NETWORK (MCGN)
A Decade of MCGN (1996-2006)
This is the 10th year of Mizo Christian Global Network (MCGN). God has done wonderful things exceeding the Network’s expectations. Because of God’s faithfulness and protection, many difficulties have been overcome and MCGN’s ministry continues. Praise the Lord!
MCGN’s founder and president, Dr. Lalliana (Liana) Mualchin came to the USA as a Ph.D. student in 1967. As a student, he supported churches in southern Mizoram and Bible students in India. Those students are now church leaders. His wife, Zangeni (Ngeni) Mualchin was among the first Mizo women to graduate from Bible College in 1975. She became responsible for Women’s and Sunday School ministries for the Baptist Church of Mizoram (BCM). From childhood, she has always wanted to be a missionary.
After they were married, they continued to help churches in Mizoram and pastors in Bible school. They gave their life-savings to purchase a printing press for a new church organization. They also sent literature to churches in India. Their greatest passion is missions, bringing the Gospel to the unreached peoples. Ngeni is also involved in jail ministries in the USA, Mizoram and Burma; through which many have come to know the Lord. They are active in promoting and teaching missions in their community.
Liana has always wanted to take Bible college classes. He attended and completed a Master in missiology at Simpson Bible College (now Simpson University) while working full-time. Simpson University was named after the founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, A. B. Simpson who was passionate about missions. In class, Liana shared his concerns of Mizoram. His teachers and pastor classmates suggested that he form a group of Mizo people to address the concerns. As a result, he spoke with Mizos in the Maryland and Washington, DC area. They thought it was a great idea and so MCGN was born on June 6, 1996.
Over the years, MCGN has been contacted from all the continents, except Africa, by Mizo people living in Thailand, Japan, Nepal, Burma, Singapore, Australia, and Europe. In India, we have been contacted from Delhi, Kolkata, Shillong, Manipur, and Mizoram. Continued connection requires commitment by volunteers, and we pray this will happen as God speaks through the hearts of people. Regardless, we are thankful for the opportunities to be in global service.
We thank all those who supported and encouraged MCGN from its start. God will remember what good they have done. MCGN desires to bring the Gospel to the unreached peoples through Mizo Christians. This is done by mobilizing the Mizo Christians using various strategies. To share the Gospel is the purpose to live and to be obedient to God. When people accept and worship Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, it brings glory to God!
Many dear people who supported MCGN have gone to be with the Lord. They will always be rememebered. Their names and year of passing are noted below in chronological order.
Dr. Peter Allinger, communications expert and MCGN supporter (2000)
Mr. Rina Sailo, first Mizoram-MCGN Executive Director (2001)
Mrs. Betty Hogan, generous donor to the scholarship fund (2002)
Miss. Juliet Elizabeth Florio, scholarship created in her memory (2004)
Dr. K. Khuangliana, first chairman of MCGN-Mizoram (2004)
Mrs. Marilynn Elizabeth “Sue” Manning, friend and supporter of MCGN (2006)
Dr. K. Neil Foster, conducted leadership training twice in Mizoram (2006)
Mr. Lalmama Sailo, first treasurer of MCGN (2006)
Mr. Robert Gordon, Liana’s adviser who would have rejoiced in MCGN ministry (1995)
Liana & Ngeni Mualchin want to thank Bob (late) & Mildred Gordon of Pleasant Hill, California; Art & Marian Hanna, Jim & Ruth Willson and Jim & Linda Owens of Placerville, California, for their prayer support before the conception and start of MCGN. Because MCGN Headquarters has only one Mizo family, it needs the help of American friends. Official regulations require at least three board members for operating a non-profit organization. Thus, our good friends – Marian Hanna, Jeff Mead, and Patricia Macy joined the MCGN Board. Thanks to them for standing with MCGN for its continued operation. We pray that God will bring more workers!
Jeff created the MCGN web-site which has been in continued use till today. After Jeff moved to the east coast, Ed Morales provided IT support. As treasurer, Marian has done her job faithfully. Patricia has edited papers, supported a Mizo missionary, and hosted some Mizos and provided lunch for all participants during the Mizo Leadership Training (MLT) in 2001. Monica Thorpe invited the MLT participants for a German Chrismas tea. The MLT was sponsored by MCGN and Pastor Bruce Moore of Liberty Christian Center (LCC), Fairfield, California. LCC’s members hosted four MLT participants for one week and provided valuable learning experiences with American families. Nancy Egloff volunteered tax advice. Jackie Rasmussen created a template for official receipts and prepared an MCGN promotional bookmark.
Bill Thorpe introduced Liana to a professor of the Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, California. This introduction led to a relationship with the Institute. In 1999, Liana led a 20-person research team from the Institute to study and find ways to develop Mizoram. One result of this trip was the formation of a virtual center, the Mizoram Action Research Center (MARC). The Mizoram government supported the team in various ways, including creating a new Nodal Officer to oversee the MARC. The assistance of the Mizoram leadership will always be remembered. One team member just completed (2006) her Ph.D. using data from her research in Mizoram.
MCGN was granted a copyright to translate a book about a missionary to Japan, “Sensei” by the late Russel Hitt. Translation rights were granted by a retired pastor, David Hitt, son of the author. It was translated by a hushand-wife team, Mrs. Nongheli (Novi) and Mr. Kharmawia (Khara), both are teachers at Christian High School, Serkawn. The book was selected among the three best translated books of the year (2002) in Mizoram in its first printing.
When the Mualchins attended Park Community Church (PCC) in Shingle Springs, California, the church contributed monthly support for MCGN. There, Jerry Kaehle donated a tape duplicator. The Muachins’ current church, Church of the Foothills (COTF), Cameron Park contributed money for Bible distribution and Mualchins’ 2004 trip to Musekee, Thailand. First Baptist Church, Pollock Pines, California invited Liana to share about MCGN ministry before the Thailand trip. The encouragement and support by these churches are deeply appreciated.
Following problems faced by MCGN-Mizoram, its operation was continued by a Christian Research Center founder, Dr. P.C. Biaksiama and an NGO-worker, Ms. Sangpari Mualchin. They recovered the MCGN-Mizoram registration paper, a difficult task and an important achievement. Pastor Lalsangliana, Lairam Isua Krista Baptist Church also helped MCGN-Mizoram as requested.
Besides the people mentioned above, several friends and family members of Liana & Ngeni Mualchin and Mizoram church leaders helped MCGN without any leadership ambition. There are many supporters of MCGN that are not mentioned here but we thank and praise God for these many people!
The Mualchins take care of the operating expenses. All donations (100%) go for the projects. Unlike most Christian and non-profit organizations, MCGN does not do fund-raising but finance is based on faith and contributions by supporters. MCGN is working with zero-budget and mostly by volunteers.
Life members, all in USA, are listed below in alphabetical order.
Mr. Lalchungnunga Bawitlung
Ms. Phyllis Campbell
Ms. Juliet Florio (late)
Ms. Mildred Gordon
Ms. Marian Hanna
Ms. Patricia Macy
Ms. Jackie Rasmussen
Mr. Benedict Shing Mang
Dr. Lalliana (Liana) Mualchin
Ms. Zangeni (Ngeni) Mualchin
Ms. Lisa Rinsangi Mualchin
Mr. Timothy Rinawma Mualchin
Below are projects accomplished by MCGN as previously posted in our Newsletters.
1996. Liana founded and registered MCGN. Pastor Joe Kong, now with Christian & Missionary Alliance Headquarters, Colorado Springs provided Liana with by-laws of his Christian organization as a starting model. Tom Rutherford, currently a missionary with his family in Japan, also helped during the registration process.
1997. Mizoram welcomes the news of MCGN at a public meeting and interested people immediately and enthusiastically registered it as a non-governmental organization (NGO). They nominated and selected their own leadership and office.
1998. J. P. Ferarro and Liana went to Mizoram to video-film the life and scenes of Mizoram for missions purpose. Laldailova Pachuan & Sons (LPS) provided technical and other assistance.
1999. Liana took Stuart Spani and a Fielding Institute research team of 20 people to Mizoram. A virtual center, Mizoram Action Research Center (MARC) was founded. Denise Segor, one of the team members, returned to Mizoram to continue her research. She has just completed (2006) her Ph. D. dissertation. Dr. MaryBeth Haines, another team member, donated money for swing sets for Mizo children.
2000. Ngeni Mualchin started Jail ministry in Mizoram and continued involvement in the same ministry in USA. Ms. Sangpari Mualchin coordinated Mizoram Jail ministry activities in 2005.
2001. An Indian artist was sponsored to visit USA to sketch pictures of scenes and peoples of Mizoram for use in the planned book, Illustrated Book of Mizoram. Colorful pictures were made but work on the book is delayed due to lack of workers.
2001. MCGN conducted a Mizo Leadership Training (MLT) in California, made possible by generous help from Pastor Bruce Moore of Liberty Christian Center (LCC), Fairfield, the volunteer speakers (Harold Kurtz, Frank Dietz, MaryBeth Haines, Lanny Langston, Tim Lafever, Brian Long), and churches (Liberty Christian Center and Church of the Foothills, Cameron Park). MLT group members were hosted for one week by families from LCC. Mizo team learned a lot about Amerian family life. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement class was in progress at that time and Bruce Logan, founder of Harvest Ministry, allowed Mizo team to attend the classes for free. Nanci Glogauer, Executive Director of Parasol Foundation, Incline Village, Nevada presented to Mizo team how Parasol functions and invited them for a lunch at Lake Tahoe.
2001. Juliet Florio Memorial Scholarship started for high school students with initial contributions from Juliet’s parents and additional gifts from others.
2002. Mizo electronic Bible (e-Bible) work begins and is completed for production in 2006. The project was motivated by an electronic copy of the book of John in Mizo sent to MCGN Hq by Robert Wood of Montana. Thanks to Bob!
2002. Missionary book “Sensei” was translated into Mizo with a copyright permission.
2002. Missionary Bob Harrison and Liana Mualchin conducted a leadership training for church leaders of Chhimtuipui District in southern Mizoram.
2003. Published articles (in Mizos) by Liana are compiled and published by Mc. Awia. The book was
well received by readers.
2003. Bob Harrison, Dr. K. Neill Foster and his wife (Marilynne) visited Chhimtuipui District, southern Mizoram, for a second leadership training. Dr. P.C. Biaksiama was their guide. Later, Neill returned to Aizawl for another leadership training for selected church leaders in Aizawl, Mizoram.
2003. A washer and dryer set were purchased for T.N.T., a large-scale orphanage ministry operated near Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram.
2004. Liana and Ngeni Mualchin visited a Mizo missionary, Dr. Zothansiami Ralte (Tetei) in Musekee, Thailand. Liana’s passport with visa was missing and the trip was not able to proceed to Burma as planned. Tetei and her hushand took good care of them. The consulates of US and India governments in Chiangmai kindly provided for Liana’s urgent need so they could continue their travel to India on time.
2004. Mizo, Hindi, and Burmese New Testaments are given to jails in Mizoram and Burma. Church of the Foothills, Cameron Park and other friends contributed to fund the Bible distribution.
2005. A Mizo missionary working in central Asia near the western border of China was given monthly financial support.
2005. Translation permission of “The Purpose-Driven Life” in Mizo language was granted by Zondervan. Rev. Dr. P. Lianzuala translated it with speed and is now redone by Liana and Ngeni Mualchin as required by the reviewers.
2006. Liana did Mizo translation/interpretation for a hearing before a Maryland Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in March-June on a legal problem amongst the Mizos.
Donations are given for orphanage, Christian boys’ hostel, Peace Conference, rebuilding a burned village, Bibles for Buddhists & other jail inmates in Burma in the past years.
SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPERIENCES
1. Hydro Projects:
Dr. Rochunga Pudaite, President of Bibles for the World brought the Mizoram Legislative Assembly Speaker, Pu Rokamlova to request Liana to help them introduce Hydro Projects in Mizoram. Liana found a local engineer, Mr. Joe Keating. Joe contacted his friend and US-AID manager in Delhi, Mr. Ron Sommer. Liana called Mizoram Power Minister, C. L. Ruala. Pu Ruala flew to Delhi and then Ron accompanied him to Aizawl. For the start of and funding of Hydro Projects, Ron gave specific instruction. Evidently, Chief Minister of Mizoram, Pu Lalthanhawla and Pu Ruala did not follow Ron’s instructions. Mizoram was not open and did not get US help. Under the circumstances, Ron had to move on and got a huge power project for a state in southern India. The American friends said that Mizoram is not ready.
2. Ginger and Passion-fruit Juice Export to Japan:
Liana met the International Marketing executive of Santory company of Japan while he was a Visiting Professor of Kyoto University. They wanted Mizoram products expecting that they will do an honest job in sending the raw materials without mixing with soil and rocks. Santory was impressed with ginger samples and passion fruit juice Liana took to Japan and wanted to work with Mizoram. Unfortunately, interested people in Mizoram could not follow instructions to start the business and did not send required samples. Japanese politely said Mizoram is not ready.
3. Planting and Processing Konya-ku for Export to Japan:
Santori was also interested to work with Mizoram in planting and eventually processing Konya-ku, a famous Japanese health food. Liana brought Konya-ku sample from Japan and it was sucessfully grown in Mizoram. Mizo people call the plant a kind of “tel-hawng” which can grow easily all over Mizoram. Again, Mizo people did not take the offer.
4. Another Hydro Project Opportunity:
A good Christian from Northern California offered a new stainless-steel penstoke for hydro-power plant in Mizoram. He was willing to pay for its cleaning and shipping it to Calcutta port. However, no one from Mizoram can give us technical specifications of the hydro plant as needed by the generous man. Again, Mizoram was not ready for this project.
5. Radio Station:
A Christian group in Canada was willing to make a suitcase-size Radio Station for Mizoram at a very low cost but they needed photos or topographic information of the land around the station for proper design of the transmitter. We also need someone to work with Government for getting a radio station license. We could not get the needed photos or information nor a person willing to work for the license from Mizo people. Thus, nothing can move forward.
6. Information Technology Jobs for Mizoram:
In 1998, John Thanglura Darlong introduced us to Lalthlamuana (Muana) and we committed to work on Information Technology with him. Muana was an IT staff with Central Govt. in Delhi. We wanted to start a software company to train unemployed Mizo engineers and get consulting work. Our motivation and desire was to find jobs for our many unemployed young people and learn business skills. We also met the owner of Olive Technology, Hyderabad and a Chinese American MBA, both fine Christians who wanted to help us. Muana was quite excited and we communicated heavily via ICQ. Our Chinese friend became suspicious of Muana and left us. We called our Mizo company, “Information Technology Consultant Services (P) Limited,” or INFOTECH. It so happened at that time that Mizoram P&E and PWD were interested to use electronic payroll and billing system. Muana went to Aizawl to bid for the contracts. His TV interview in Aizawl was the last we heard of him. Later, a concerned Mizo gave me a copy of an official document showing that he got those contracts with our company, using Olive Technology as a reference and was paid a huge sum of money. During my visit to Mizoram, I voiced my concerns of Muana’s character based on my personal experience to the then Chief Secretary, H. Lalringa and also to the Chief Minister. The state IT position was offered to Muana regardless. We were cheated by a Mizo who is now possibly responsible for IT matters for Mizoram.
7. Color Offset Publishing for Jobs and Quality Publications in Mizoram:
In 1999, David M. Thangliana requested us to fund the publishing of a quality newspaper. Having had his own news publication, he proposed a bigger paper with a new color offset. Our desire was to publish quality materials and to generate more jobs for Mizoram. Any potential financial profit would only further the goal. We funded and David operated with miserable failure. He ruined a brand new offset in less than a year with a great loss to us, and hardly any to him. Thus, our effort to work on publishing was another casualty with gross mismanagement and cheating by another Mizo.
One wonders why it is so difficult to do things that are clearly needed for Mizoram as illustrated by the above opportunities and experiences. It seems that Mizos are expecting something without giving real efforts. Either they are not ready, as stated by American and Japanese friends, or immature in doing significant projects. From our experience we feel that the Mizo leaders do not impart the values of integrity, hard work and perseverance to society. On the contrary, getting easy money from government or outside sources, without any accountability, is too common for Mizos. High moral standards and honesty are badly needed to improve the society. Both church and political leaderships have the same problem in this respect. One way for healing from this problem or rather sickness is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”.
For all the above opportunities, praise and honor belong to the Lord!
The curent Board members are:
President------------Dr. Lalliana Mualchin
Secretary------------Mr. Lalchungnunga Bawitlung
Treasurer------------Ms. Patricia Macy
Board Members----Ms. Marian Hanna
-----------------------Ms. Jackie Rasmussen
-----------------------Ms. Zangeni Mualchin
---IDEAS, ADVICE, AND COMMENTS ARE ALWAYS
HQ: USA: Lalliana Mualchin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
News Compiler: Ngeni