Chinzaniang was born in one of the remote village of Khuangtal, in the state of Manipur, along the India-Myanmar border. The missionaries of Chin Hills brought faith to these remote villages.
But Chinzaniang’s family migrated to Singtom Village under St. Joseph Parish, Sugnu, in 1950. But there were no resident priests in the village.
The village survived on praying the rosaries in Latin and Teddim Chin. When Diocesan priests began to come in 1954, Chinzaniang’s family donated part of their land for the foundation of the present parish, St. Joseph’s Parish, Sugnu.
Chinzaniang’s family is known as the pioneer of the Catholic faith not only in her village but also in the surrounding villages.
She married Khupchinmang in 1958 in the same village. But in 1986, her husband passed away, leaving nine children. She raised the children with determination, fearing God. She ensured her children attended prayers at home, church services and village activities.
Even today, Chinzaniang is regularly attending church, walking three kilometers.
Chinzaniang’s children are well educated today; the boys are government employees, one daughter joined the convent, and her two daughters are married.
She always believed that the power of prayers and God’s blessing made things possible.
“All the blessings of God upon us are because of Mom’s working habits. She was consulting God in every step she took. Mom never stops working,” said one of her sons, who is the Assistant Commandant Officer in Border Security Force.
He says that “we owe our success, happiness, everything to her (Mom). Her constant prayers bless us though we are far from home due to job commitment. She would often remind us through the phone to say our daily prayers for our well-being.”
Now the 84-year-old Chinzaniang continues to walk, work and pray like never before. Her children assert that their mother is a role model for every mom in the world.
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