Collection 217 Papers of Elisa Espineli Chinn
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of four oral history interviews with Lisa Chinn covering her childhood and family, education, ministry with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of the Philippines and InterVarsity in the United States, ministries with her husband Leiton in the US among international students (with International Students, Inc., Interaction, and their church), writing projects, and her experience as a woman leader. Also included are her graduate school creative project, "Cross Cultural Awareness: Offending the Filipino Without Even Trying," a manual to assist international students who have studied in the United States, in readjusting the their home cultures, prayer letters (1979-2020) describing her ministry among international students in the United States, and a resume (1979) and brief autobiography (1988) of her Christian journey.
- Created: 1972-2020
Conditions Governing Access
A portion of Tape 6 is closed to researcher use until 10/21/2048.
Conditions Governing Use
The copyright to published materials in this collection is retained by the donor. The copyright to the sound recordings in this collection is held by the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Archives.
Full name: Elisa “Lisa” Espineli Chinn
Birth: January 19, 1948 in Quezon City, Philippines
Parents: Eusebio and Anastacia Espineli
Siblings: 2 brothers, 4 sisters
Marital Status: Married in 1981 to Leiton Edward Chinn
Children: The Chinns had three children, Lani (b. 1982), Eric (b. 1984) and Lea (b. 1988)
1963 - University of the Philippines High School; participated in IVCF’s Inter School Christian Fellowship
1963-1967 - University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines, BS in Foreign Service; also participant and student leader in the campus IVCF chapter
1970-1972 - Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, IL, MA in Communications Career
1967-1970 - Staffworker with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of the Philippines, working with students on university campuses and editing the organizational newsletter, Campus Impact
1970 - Worked for the summer with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in an outreach to Western hippies in Afghanistan
1970-1973 - Served with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (USA) among international students in the Philadelphia area, including evangelistic outreach, building friendships, counseling, linking students with American churches, and providing for their routine needs
1973-1977 - Upon returning to the Philippines, she was temporarily reassigned to campus work, and then appointed to develop the Literature Department for IVCF. In that capacity she launched Linker, a magazine for university students, and a multi-media program to evangelize students.
1978-1979 - Worked as an personnel administrator of a health club in Metro-Manila
1979-1982 - Joined the staff of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (USA) as campus staff among American students at Georgetown University, George Washington University, and Mary Washington College
1981 - Subsequent to her 1981 marriage to Leiton Chinn, who worked for ISI (formerly International Students, Inc.), she continued to work with international students for ISI through a loan agreement from IVCF
1982-1986 - Joined ISI (International Students, Inc.) as area team leader with Leiton to develop ministry to international students by conducting workshops among students and congregations, with particular emphasis on orientation for those newly arrived and re-entry preparation for those returning to their home countries
1985 - Launched church-based international student ministry—TIPS (Truro International Programs and Services)—at Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax, VA
1986-1988 - Seconded, along with her husband, from ISI to Interaction, Inc., which also emphasized ministry to international students
1988-1989 - On study leave at Fuller Seminary for Leiton’s education
1989-1990 - Seconded to the Association of Christian Ministries to Internationals (ACMI)
1991 - Served in Interaction, Inc.
199? - Served with International Ministries Fellowship
1999-2008 - Leiton served as interim and later full President of ACMI
2000-2014 - National Director of the International Student Ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (USA)
2014 - Ministry coach with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (USA)
1984 - Wrote the workbook Think Home, a "tool for Christian Internationals as they prepare to return home"; the manual was revised in 1987
Developed the only reentry simulation game, “Customs and Culture.”
4.00 Cubic Feet (1 Box (DC), Sound Recordings.)
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[NOTE: In the Scope and Content description, the notation "Folder 2-5" means Box 2, Folder 5.]
Series 1: Sound Recordings
Lisa Chinn was interviewed by Galen Wilson on June 3, 1982, in the BGC Archives office in Wheaton, IL; by Paul Ericksen on September 25, 1991, at Chinn’s residence in Centreville, VA; by Christian Sawyer on August 23, 2005, at the headquarters of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Madison, WI; and by Paul Ericksen by October 21, 2018, at her residence in Indianland, SC.
Topics covered in the interview include Chinn's childhood and family, education at Wheaton College Graduate School, ministry with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of the Philippines and InterVarsity in the United States (specially as director of its International Student Ministries), comparing students and the IVCF movements in the two countries, husband Leiton and their ministries in the US with international students through International Students, Inc., Interaction, and their church, key people who influenced her, writing projects on re-entry strategies for adjustment by international students, experience as a female leader, and her summer mission with YWAM in a teahouse in Kabul; the events described in the interview cover the time period ca. 1950-2018.
Series 2: Paper Records (Box List)
The manuscripts include Chinn's graduate school creative project, “Cross Cultural Awareness: Offending the Filipino Without Even Trying,” and several versions of Think Home, which addresses the re-entry and adjustment process of international students who have studied in the U.S. The prayer letters, written jointly by Chinn and her husband, Leiton, (or by each of them separately), document the period from 1979-2020; the letters report on ministry activities, upcoming events and projects, and a few family details.
Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Archives by Lisa Chinn in June 1982, May 1990, September 1991, August 2005, July 2018, and December 2020. Prayer letters were received as the Chinns wrote them and were added to the collection, 1993-2020.
Accessions: 82-81, 84-113, 84-117, 90-52, 91-90, 05-46, 18-40, 20-15
May 16, 1990
January 20, 1994
January 06, 2021
- Campus Crusade for Christ.
- Catholic Church.
- Catholic Church. -- Philippines.
- Chinn, Leiton E.
- Chinn, Lisa Espineli
- Christian life.
- Church work with foreign students.
- Church work with students -- Philippines.
- Church work with students -- United States.
- Church work with students.
- College students -- Religious life.
- College students.
- Conversion -- Personal narratives.
- Customs and culture (game)
- Evangelicalism -- Philippines.
- Evangelistic work -- Philippines.
- Evangelistic work -- United States.
- Hale, Ned,
- Hayner, Stephen A.
- Hill, Alexander (Alexander D.)
- Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of the Philippines.
- Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.
- Interaction, Inc.
- Intercultural communication.
- International Fellowship of Evangelical Students.
- International Students, Inc.
- Interpersonal conflict.
- Lum, Ada.
- Magalit, Isabelo F.
- Missions -- Philippines.
- Organizational change -- United States.
- Philippines -- Religious life and customs.
- Philippines -- Social life and customs.
- Stewart, Douglas W., 1937-
- Stewart, Marilyn, 1941-
- Stott, John R. W.
- Students, Foreign -- Religious life.
- Students, Foreign.
- Think home : A Tool for Christian Internationals as They Consider and Prepare to Return Home.
- Truro Episcopal Church (Fairfax, Va.)
- Wheaton College (Ill.)
- Wheaton College (Ill.). Graduate School
- Women -- Religious life.
- Women missionaries.
- Wong, Gwen.
- Youth with a Mission, Inc.
- Collection 217 Papers of Elisa Espineli Chinn
- Paul Ericksen
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