Welcome ABWU Officers 2013-18
The Asian Baptist Women’s Union (ABWU) is a recognized Continental Union of the Women’s Department of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA WD) and an auxiliary member of the Asia-Pacific Baptist Federation (APBF).
On October 8-11, the 12th General Assembly was held at Yonsei Central Baptist Church, Seoul, South Korea. By God’s grace, this assembly was attended by the following number of delegates:
Local Delegates 242
The newly elected ABWU officers, also known as the Executive Committee, were installed on October 11, 2013 by Mrs. Raquel Contreras (BWA WD President) and Ms. Patsy Davis (BWA WD Executive Director) during the final day of the ABWU General Assembly. Let us welcome, support and uphold in prayers our new ABWU officers:
1. President – Mrs. Preciosa ‘Precy’ Caronongan from Philippines
2. Vice President – Mrs. Ione Algama from Sri Lanka
3. Secretary – Mrs. Lalduhawmi Sailo from India
4. Treasurer – Mrs. Cecillia Melanie Palandeng from Indonesia
Outgoing Officers Incoming Officers
According to ABWU’s Constitution and By-laws (Article VIII.4), ‘The officers shall assume office immediately following election and shall serve for a term of five years ‘. The officers were elected during the ABWU Business Meeting held on the afternoon of October 10, 2013 led by Nominating Committee’s Chairperson, Rev. Chiyo Murakami (ABWU President 2004-2008).
As of the first week of July 2013, we already have about 870 registrations from delegates outside of South Korea, and we expect more to come. Registration from our host country is ongoing. This is truly God’s answer to our prayers because way back in April, we have received a number of inquiries, concerned at the height of North Korean threats. We trusted in the sovereignty of God and His will for the women in 19 countries of Asia to assemble together in Seoul, South Korea this coming 8-11 October 2013. Our previous general assembly, wherein we celebrated ABWU’s golden jubilee, was in Kolkata, India, in 7-11 January 2009. Visit our ABWU website from time to time.
Click this page, 2013 ABWU General Assembly, for the prayer items, forms, guidelines, reminders, frequently asked questions (FAQs), updates, and other information about the upcoming assembly. See you there!
2013 World Day of Prayer (WDOP)
The 2013 WDOP program materials are now available at the website of Baptist World Alliance – Women’s Department (BWAWD).
You may download these at http://www.bwawd.org/Day-of-Prayer This year’s program has been prepared by the European Baptist Women’s Union (EBWU). We hope that while we prepare for the 12th ABWU General Assembly this October, we will also give time to the needed preparatory activities to make our WDOP participation meaningful and God-honoring. In the previous years, member body president /executive director received at least 30 copies of the program from BWAWD office. To go ‘greener’ and to subsequently reduce the mailing expenses, only 1 copy of the program was sent out to each member body in 2012. This year, each member body (or each woman) is encouraged to visit the site and get her own copy of the program.
As usual, the materials you will find from the website include: President’s message, the WDOP program, Prayer Guide, Bible Study, Testimony and Poster — everything we need to organize a prayer program for the women in our union, convention, association, group and/or church.
Congratulations to our ABWU President for the Women’s Leadership Development Award
Baptist Press | Jun 17, 2013
HOUSTON (BP) –National WMU and WMU Foundation presented Sook Jae Lee of Seoul, Korea, with the Dellanna West O’Brien Award for Women’s Leadership Development June 10 at the WMU Missions Celebration in Houston, Texas.
“Sook Jae is an outstanding leader in South Korea and literally around the world,” said Linda Cooper, president of Kentucky WMU. “She is most definitely inspiring other women as she leads by example.”
Lee became a Christian at a GA camp when she was 16. God called her to be a nurse as well as a missionary. Lee became a registered nurse, taught at Wallace Memorial Baptist Hospital in Pusan, Korea, and served the rural people for 17 years as a nurse practitioner and midwife.
In 1979, Lee attended an international community health seminar in Sri Lanka, where she witnessed the spiritual and physical poverty of the people. She then served as a medical missionary to Southeast Asia.
Through her service during this time, a church was built and many people were saved. Lee also was invited to become the executive director of Korea Baptist WMU. After two years of prayer, she accepted the position.
Through Lee’s leadership, KBWMU entered into several partnerships with state WMUs in the U.S., including Kentucky WMU from 2006 to 2010. It was through this partnership that Joy Bolton, executive director of Kentucky WMU, had the opportunity to witness Lee’s leadership among KBWMU leaders and nominated her for this award.
“Sook Jae’s leadership and influence were evident,” Bolton said. “She had a vision for the future and as a part of our partnership. Sook Jae encouraged one of her associates, Soon Shil Beck, to attend Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. I was particularly impressed with Sook Jae’s investment in Soon Shil to prepare her to become the next executive director of KBWMU and make for a smooth transition in leadership.”
Upon Beck’s return to Korea, she was named associate executive director and then elected co-executive director of KBWMU in 2011. Lee will retire from KBWMU and Beck will assume the full role when Lee completes her 2009-2013 term as president of the Asia Baptist Women’s Union.
“Through Sook Jae’s leadership, many Korean women have enjoyed being a part of WMU,” said Angela Kim, Korean WMU consultant and prior O’Brien award winner. “She equipped and empowered them to become mission leaders. Soon Shil, her successor, is one of many.
“I have known Sook Jae many years,” Kim continued. “Many times we shared our visions, and the joy and the difficulties of the ministry. I also had an opportunity to see her work in Korea and was very impressed by her leadership. Sook Jae’s leadership style resembles that of Dellanna in many ways … her clear vision, her passion for missions education and leadership development, yet being humble and personal, and pressing on to her calling.”
Established in 1999, the Dellanna West O’Brien Leadership Award for Women’s Leadership Development was created by WMU and the WMU Foundation to honor O’Brien, who served as executive director and treasurer of national WMU from 1989 to 1999. It is awarded annually to a Baptist woman who has proven the ability to foster Christian leadership in women and demonstrated excellence in missions education. The award is accompanied with a grant to help the recipient continue her development and ministry to others.
Laura Wilson is a summer intern at national WMU on the Corporate Communication Team.
12th ABWU General Assembly promoted at the 16th BWYC in Singapore
Our brethren from APBF (Asia-Pacific Baptist Federation) had a successful APBF promotional campaign at the 16th BW Youth Conference (BWYC) held at Singapore from July 17-21. During this time, they widely promoted the upcoming ABWU and APBYF Conferences.
For detailed story and more pictures, please visit http://www.apbyf.org/APBYF/Intro.html
August 31, 2013: Busy weeks for Korean Visa Application
For some countries that need visa to enter Korea, the leaders and delegates are currently busy completing all the requirements. Activities started about two weeks ago and anticipated to continue for the next two weeks. Korean embassy in each country has common goal: to see proof of authenticity of purpose and sufficient resources to fund the trip. The organizing team in Korea has been in coordination with the member bodies/delegates and embassies in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam to provide backup documents. Let us pray for God’s favor in the currently registered number, 999, that His name will continue to be glorified in this endeavor.
May-June 2013 edition of Asian Echoes is now available
Asian Echoes is the official newsletter of ABWU. It is published once, twice or thrice a year. It usually features the ministries of member bodies, message from our ABWU president, news about events, and much more. The June-July edition has already been distributed to the member bodies. To read the latest copy online or to catch up with the previous editions, please go to this link: http://bwasia.org/Asian-Echoes