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오랜동안 우리교회 주일학교 교사와 EM 에서 많은 봉사를 하시던 신디 장(26살) 집사님이 

3주전 애리조나로 친구 결혼식에 참석하고자 가던 중 이민 검문소에 검거되었습니다.


신디 장 집사님은 일곱살때 부모님과 미국에 들어와 그동안 영주권을 취득하기 위한 

단계였는데 이번 사건으로 가족이 아무도 없는 한국으로 추방될 상황입니다.

현재 이민 판사에 의해 검토 중인 강제 추방을 이민국 웹 사이트를 통해 

중지를 원하는 청원를 하려고 합니다.


지난주일, 친교실에서 하신 싸인은 Michael Honda 미 연방위원님께 도움을 청하는 것이었고

밑에 웹 사이트 주소는 이민국으로 들어가는 것이오니 클릭하셔서 

간단한 입력을 해주시면 신디 장 집사님께 큰 도움을 주실수 있습니다.


그리고  신디 장 집사님과 그의 가족을 위해 기도 부탁드립니다!


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http://www.change.org/petitions/ueen-joung-cindy-chang-dreamer-sunday-school-teacher-release-her-and-stop-her-deportation



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    교육위원회 2012.03.28 04:06 Files첨부 (1)

    할렐루야!!

    너무나도 기쁜소식을 알려드립니다.

    우리모두 합심하여 기도했던 신디 장 집사님이 내일 집으로 돌아온다는 반가운 소식입니다.

    성도님들의 기도와 성의껏 싸인해주신 청원서가 큰 도움이 되었다고 합니다.

    앞으로 샌프란시스코 이민국에서 case 를 맡아 진행된다고 하는데 계속 많은관심과 기도 부탁드립니다.

    VIP감~1.JPG


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    송 선영 2012.03.28 13:30
    정말 기쁜 소식 입니다. 끈임없이 생각하고 기도 했습니다. 할레루아 ! 아멘 입니다.
    좋은 해결 방책의 길로 인도 하여 주시기를 위해 하겠습니다.
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    김시춘 2012.04.01 06:48
    아래글은 원철종 장로님께서 보내 주신 소식입니다.


    링크 주소

    http://www.cnumc.org/news/detail/3142



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    김시춘 2012.04.01 06:49

    Member of Korean UMC of Santa Clara Valley, Charged with Immigration Violation, Is Released

    3/28/2012


    Cindy Chang, left, performs with a group of children at Korean United Methodist Church of Santa Clara Valley in San Jose, where she is an active member and lay deacon. In photo below, Chang, left, sings during an event at the church. After growing up in the U.S., Chang, 26, is facing deportation to Korea. She was released after almost three weeks in an immigration detention center in Arizona. UMNS photos courtesy of the Rev. Sunae Frances Cho.

    A young adult member of Korean United Methodist Church of Santa Clara Valley, site of this Saturday's "Be-See-Do What Matters to God" Discovery Event, was released yesterday (Tuesday, March 27) after being detained for several weeks in Arizona on an immigration charge.

    A UMNS Report
    By Linda Bloom*
     
    Ueen Joung (Cindy) Chang, 26, a long-time member of Korean United Methodist Church of Santa Clara Valley, was on her way to attend a friend's wedding in Phoenix on March 8 when the car in which she was traveling was stopped at an interior border patrol checkpoint in Wellton, Arizona.
     
    Since then, she was held at the Eloy (AZ) Detention Center under threat of deportation to South Korea until her Tuesday release.
     
    The Rev. Sunae Frances Cho, who has served as one of Chang's pastors for the past six years, told United Methodist News Service that Chang was being sent home by Greyhound bus and was expected to arrive in San Jose on Wednesday.
     
    "Her case is still being in review in the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), but she is being released under supervision without bail," she said. "We did not expect this to happen."
     
    Cindy Chang's sister, Helen Chang, created an online petition at change.org calling for Chang's release. The family also set up a Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/freecindy), asking for public support.
     
    "I heard that this [Chang's release] was result of the overwhelming support from petitions and public outcry in support for Cindy and who she is," Cho said. "I guess this is a proof of how she lived, she lived right in the eyes of people and to God."
     
    Cho described Chang as a compassionate and faithful church member who displays diligence and humor in her service to both the congregation and community.
     
    "Cindy is a woman of God and citizen who has touched many lives here at our church for many years," she said. "She has strong ties to her local community in San Jose and is a community builder."
     
    The congregation of nearly 800 members at Korean UMC is led by the Rev. Samuel Hong, senior pastor. "They were devastated when they heard the news," Cho said about church members, who have written to elected leaders on Chang's behalf. "They're praying hard.''
     
    Chang, who moved with her family to the U.S. when she was 7 years old, "was not fully aware" of her current immigration status before the traffic stop, said her attorney, Anoop Prasad of the San Francisco-based Asian Law Caucus.
     
    Her application for a green card, which had been pending nearly a decade, had been denied, he said, but the denial notice and a notice to appear for a deportation hearing were mailed to an old address.
     
    "When she did not appear for the hearing, the immigration judge ordered her deported in her absence and also sent notice to that old address," Prasad explained. "Cindy did not learn any of this until she was arrested."
     
    Prasad met with her family and filed an emergency stay of removal with the immigration court, so that Chang could not be deported without a hearing.
     
    Congregational leader
    Chang has worshipped at Korean United Methodist Church since 1993. She has coordinated Vacation Bible School and serves as a Sunday school teacher for youth, a lay deacon, and a praise leader.
     
    "She devoted herself in teaching the younger generations at her church as a mentor, teacher, leader, sister, and friends to various age groups," Cho said. "Her love for the children is transparent, genuine, exceptional, and authentic, which you don't see in many young people today."
     
    Chang is a leader of the congregation's multiethnic "ACTS," or "A Church That Serves" ministry, started at the beginning of 2011 for younger-generation English speakers. Most are Korean-American, but Hawaiian, Vietnamese, and Chinese young adults also attend.
     
    "The main focus of our ministry is to celebrate passionate worship on Sundays," Cho explained. Three small-group meeting sessions are aimed at college students, young professionals, and married couples.
     
    Other activities include community projects, such as a homeless ministry.
     
    Chang will continue to need support for her legal case in order to stay in the United States, her pastor said. The Asian Law Caucus already has requested her removal order be re-opened because she did not receive notice of the original deportation hearing.
     
    "That motion is pending with the immigration judge," Prasad told United Methodist News Service on March 26. "We also asked that immigration release her from detention while the motion is pending, and mobilized community support for her release."
     
    Calling for support
    Having success with petitions and phone calls "often requires thousands of people applying pressure," noted the Rev. Deborah Lee, director of the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights in northern California, which also advocated for Chang's release.
     
    Bill Mefford, director of human and civil rights, United Methodist Board of Church and Society, also sent notice of Chang's situation to the "rapid response teams" network that is part of the denomination's Interagency Task Force on Immigration.
     
    Forty of the 62 United Methodist Annual Conferences (regional bodies) have set up teams or task forces that are working to help mobilize church members toward "loving and welcoming immigrants" and defending immigrant rights, Mefford explained.
     
    "When there’s an urgent plea put out, as in this case with Cindy Chang … they get busy," he added.
     
    That was the case recently when Cristian Ramirez, an undocumented immigrant and member of Christ's Foundry United Methodist Mission in Dallas, was sent to a detention center in Haskell, Texas, after being pulled over for an expired inspection sticker on his vehicle.
     
    Ramirez, born in El Salvador, is one of the more than 60,000 college students living in fear of deportation who would benefit with the passage of the DREAM Act (Development, Relief & Education for Alien Minors). The act would create a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, completed two years of college or military service, and met other requirements, including passing a criminal background check.
     
    A few days after rapid response team members "started flooding the White House with calls," Ramirez was released from the detention center, Mefford said.
     
    *Bloom is a United Methodist News Service multimedia reporter based in New York. Follow her at http://twitter.com/umcscribe. Jacob Lee, director of Korean Resources for United Methodist Communications, contributed to this report.

     

    Comments

    1. Betty Avery, UMW of Merced (CA) wrote on 3/30/2012 10:19:11 AM
    WOW! Praise God! Please keep us up-to-date and let us know what we can do.
    2. Dorothy P. Wonder wrote on 3/30/2012 12:29:22 PM
    I learned of this first through East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, helping refugees for 30 years. Does our Conference have a group with a focus on Immigration Rights; are we one of the 40 Annual Conferences Bill Mefford mentions above?