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Hmong Christian Group Looking to Build Church

By: Sean Towle
By: Sean Towle

The religious experience is very personal to each sect or group.

Whether it's a church or temple each group wants it's own separate place to come and worship.

A group of Hmong Christians started meeting in Eau Claire almost 20 years ago and now attends Landmark Christian Church in Chippewa Falls.

But there are plans for them to build their own church.

Every Sunday at Landmark Christian in Chippewa Falls a local group of Hmong Christians come for Sunday school and their own special service, as well as a youth group on Friday and Saturday.

For years the groups have worked together for the purpose of worship within the same walls.

But now they are working together to get the Hmong group their own set of walls.

"It's exciting to see the Hmong group step out on their own and take leadership," Landmark Christian Church Senior Minister Brad Crocker said.

"We spent all this year trying to build a new church building, but some financial problems caused us to put that back until next summer," Hmong Christian Pastor Danai Chowwiwat said.

The Hmong group already bought a plot of land just west of Eau Claire behind Hutchinson Technologies, but they still need to raise about $70,000 to get started on the construction.

They've been asking for one-time donations from the congregation and the youth group has been performing traditional dances around the area to help raise money.

But just because the Hmongs are leaving Landmark Christian doesn't mean the church isn't going to help.

"We'll be working with them helping build a management team. We'll be keeping a pastoral leader with them to assist in any way and also be taking up an offering to help raise the remaining funds."

The Hmong are not only in need of money, but help in teaching construction to help build the church.

There are thousands of Hmong in the Chippewa Valley and Chowwiwat believes only 10 percent are Christian, but their own church can be a uniting force within the Hmong community.
"It's a big project for a small church to take on," Chowwiwat said.

With the help and prayers of those at Landmark Christian the small church will not be held inside of another, but outside where everyone can see it.


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