Reflections on MW Convention 2017
The 42nd Session TRAC Methodist Women’s Convention was held in Acappella Suite Hotel, Shah Alam from 22nd-24th September 2017. The theme of the convention is ‘Women of Strength & Dignity’ taken from Proverbs 31:25. Twelve ladies from Trinity Methodist Church, Petaling Jaya were blessed with a relaxing time, good accommodation and both physical and spiritual food. We had a time of fun, good fellowship and learning. Below are the reflections of some of the participants.
This was my first time attending the Women’s Convention. Being a working mother of four with kids from 4yr+ till 15yrs, I battled in my mind if I should sign up and go. I have my share of struggles such as no spare time, so many things to attend to and my son's PT3 exam is in 16 days' time. Yet I yearn to be strengthened and gained some insight from Rev Dr. Hea Sun Kim (Korean) and Rev Hikari Kokai-Chang (Japanese) from United Methodist Church, USA. The workshop "Women at Work" and "Cultivating Life-giving Disciplines" appealed to me.
This convention has blessed me tremendously. My spirit was lifted up when Rev. Dr Hea Sun Kim affirmed that each of us are God's unique, special and POWERFUL SEEDS! In the past, there were times when I felt unworthy. My family and friends deserve someone better. But through sharing from fellow sisters-in-Christ, I am assured that God did not make any mistake. We are God's unique and powerful seeds. The two plenary session speakers were captivating and their messages spoke to our hearts.
I learnt that I must remain in God and dwell in Him; then my roots will be strong and healthy for me to stand firm and bear fruits. In order to know my God, I must spend time with Him. Just like when we spend time with our loved ones, we can gauge their needs. I need to be mentored by older women and subsequently I need to mentor younger women.
My fellow sisters, do sign up for the Methodist Women's Convention in future. You will be blessed. There will be one next year!
"The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing."(Psalm 145:13b-16)
Dr. Loo Peh Ling
REFLECTIONS OF THE MW CONVENTION
There was a feeling of excitement and anticipation as I stepped into the lobby of Acapella Hotel for the 42nd TRAC Women's Convention. It was held from 22 to 24 September 2017. I had no idea what was in store for me as this was my first time attending such convention. With the presence of two wonderful international speakers in the persons of Rev Hea Sun Kim and Rev Hikari, I knew that this was a convention not to be missed.
The theme 'Women of Strength & Dignity' was most apt fro this convention as we wanted to remember God's blessings on TRAC MW. As women, we play important roles in the various ministries in the church. Each of us has special gifts. We complemented each other and worked as one united body in God's kingdom.
The plenary sessions were conducted in a relaxed manner. We were divided into groups for discussion on topics arising. I was truly inspired by Rev Hea Sun Kim's sharing on ' The Seeds'. The choice is ours to make, to be a good or a bad seed. I would like to think of myself as the sower of the seeds and God as the one who tills the soil and nurtures the seeds to grow. The seeds sown may take a while to blossom but they will, for God will do the rest. They will sprout and grow to become big plants, impacting the next generation.
The next interesting sharing was on 'being connected'. Each branch is connected to a tree. Everyone has an important role but if we are connected to each other, we are stronger and more faithful to God. We can be a tree to someone else, offering shade and support in need, at the right time and at the right place.
The convention was not all about serious matters. The 'Fun Nite' was an opportunity to showcase the talents and creativity of our ladies. It was indeed a nite where all of us let our hair down.
In summary, the plenary sessions and the workshops were inspiring & meaningful, fun & fulfilling, informative & fruitful and a wonderful insight.
Most of all, I enjoyed the active interaction among the ladies. It brought us together for friendship and inspired us for future challenges. The plenary sessions also provided much input for my soul.
Let us put our focus on the Lord! We trust in Him to give us grace & strength. I would want to live a life of worship, prayer & service. There is so much that needs to be done.
God's work has just begun!
General Conference of Methodist Women Malaysia mission works
General Conference of Methodist Women Malaysia (GCMW) has committed itself to carry out mission works – women and children – over the next four years. It is planned that we will make at least 2 mission trips/ visits in a year and this year is planned for children ministry. On the 2nd February 2018, the executive committee of the GCMW together with other members of Methodist Women had made a visit to the Elshedai Refugee School in Klang, Selangor.
The Elshedai Refugee School have about 700 students ages between 6 years old to about 17 years old whose families are refugees from different countries like Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and several other. The teachers are volunteers.
General Conference of Methodist Women (GCMW)
The General Conference of Methodist Women (GCMW) held its first executive committee meeting from the 18 – 19 January 2019 at the Wisma Methodist, Kuala Lumpur. The committee carried out various planning on the programs of the Methodist Women, with some emphasis on the Methodist Women Centre (MWC) and the 12th Session GCMW.
GCMW Executive Committee with Bishop Dr Ong Hwai Teik.
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