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Registered Date June  20, 2019 Read 378
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[Eurasia Bible Women Leadership Training Program]

Inyoung Amelia Cho

 

  Eurasia Bible Women Leadership Training Program, hosted by KUMW and Scranton Women's Leadership Center (SWLC) was held at Vladivostok, Russia, from May 15th-21th, 2019. The theme was “Same mind, Same passion, Same vision… For Mission!”. Participants gathered from all over Russia and some even said it took 13 hours to come by train.

  I was so grateful that I could join this program as a representative of SWLC and give two lectures, lead praises and community buildings. It was my first time to stand in front of the audience as a “lecturer”. Therefore, I studied and prepared on the lectures for weeks. Every process of preparing my sessions was big learning to me.

  It was the future of Russia's Methodist Church that I witnessed in the program. The church was built upon the pure passion, faith and soft love with a strong culture. Through the testimony and sermon of the layperson in every morning worship and evening prayer sessions, I could see a very healthy church model that was reassuring. The church, which allows the layperson to participate in the worship, will be filled with believers who are more and more mature in their faith. In addition, Women here knew how to care for each other and love each other. I thought, "It would be great if everyone else could always love each other like this." The community that loved and cared for without a single person who just let go was truly beautiful. I also thought, "I wish I could approach the Lord with a childlike mind like those women here."

  Through the passion, the devotion and love they have shown, I could see how the district superintendent and the local pastors of each church are doing a wonderful ministry. Also, I was deeply impressed that the majority of the pastors of each church, including the district superintendent, were the descendants of diasporic Koreans made from the Soviet Union's forced immigration policy in the early 20th century (1937). I felt a variety of emotions when I saw those people who have experienced a painful history of forced migration but have grown up to be religious leaders and devoted themselves to the church.

   I went to Vladivostok to educate the people, but I’ rather say that I have learned so many things from the powerful women in there. It was delightful and pleasant to be with them, watching them glow with their face-full smiles. I thank the KUMW and Scranton Women's Leadership Center in Korea for giving me the opportunity of having the valuable experience participating in the global Christian gathering as a leader. I also give all this glory to God who inspires, empowers and guides me.