The Kachin Post / August 10, 2019
Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson, the Chairman of Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC), met with an U.S Vice President Mike Pence’s advisor yesterday at the White House.
Mr. Nicolas J.C Snyder, a special advisor to the U.S Vice President for East Asia, Southeast Asia and Pacific, discussed with KBC Chairman along with Kachin Alliance leader Mr. Nsang Gum San, regarding the situation in the context of religious persecution in Burma. The Kachin group also met with Mr. Pence’s deputy assistant, Sara E. Markin during the meeting, according the Kachin Alliance.
This is the second time Dr. Samson and his fellow Pastor Langjaw Gam Seng met with high-ranking U.S government officials. Last month, both of them met with U.S President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in the White House, expressing the concern of religious persecution committed by Burma Army. Pastor Gam Seng, who was from Mong Ko town in Northern Burma on the Chinese border, was tortured and later imprisoned by Burma Army for leading the journalist to a Church reportedly destroyed by military air strike in 2016.
In the same day on August 8, the Kachin group also met with Ambassador Sam Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, and Ambassador Mrs. Kelly E. Currie, an Acting U.S Ambassador to United Nations.
Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson is the first ever Kachin leader who met with U.S President Donald Trump in person in the history. Kachin Baptist Convention runs over 400 Churches across the country and has over 400,000 members mostly are ethnic Kachin in Burma. The organization was established in 1910 with help of American Baptist Missionaries.