말레이지아 이반 기독여성 지도자훈련을 다녀와서
여성국에서 실시한 전도부인훈련을 받고 처음으로 중국 휘남현 선교를 다녀 온 후 선교의 열정이 줄었는데 지난 8월 25일 델라웨어-볼티모어 지역 한인여선교회연합회가 발족하는 모임을 통해서 나의 마음속에 선교의 열정이 다시 일어남을 느꼈다. 그러던중 한인여선교회 전국연합회에서 계획되어 오던 말레이지아 선교팀 중 한 분이 갑자기 개인 사정으로 못 가시게 된 사실을 알게 되었다. 추수감사절 절기를 맞아 아이들이 집에 오기로 되어 있었으나 다행히 일정이 아이들이 떠난 다음날부터라 선교팀에 같이 참여 할 수 있어 정말 기쁘고 감사했다. 가겠다고 김명래 총무님께 쾌히 승락한 후 날이 지날수록 걱정과 두려움이 앞서기 시작하였다. 부족한 내가 무었을 할 수있을까? 어떻게 준비할까? 생각이 많았다.
그런데 팀장인 김헬레나 권사님이 이반 기독여성 지도자훈련에 관한 주제와 그 곳에 대한 정보를 보내주었다. 참여하는 각 교회 지도자들 중 영어가 안 되고 이반 고유언어만 되는 여선교회회원들을 위해 통역이 있어 강의시간이 반으로 준다고 한다.
나에게 주어진 주제는 평상시에도 관심이 있던 자녀교육에 대한 것이었다.
어떻게 어떤 신앙의 어머니로서 하나님이 주시는 평강을 가지고 하나님의 자녀로 키을 것일까? 나름대로 성경말씀과 내가 배운 아동교육과 세자녀를 키운 경험을 토대로 준비를 하였다. 또한 언제나 선교에는 방해하는 영들이 있다는 것을 알기에 기도로 준비하였다.
중국 선교때도 7명의 미국지도자들이 한국의 여선교회원들과 같이 가려고했으나 떠나기 2일 전까지 중국에서 비자가 나오지 않고 못 들어 온다고 하여 한국 여선교회회원들은 포기하고 모두 집으로 돌아 갔지만 우리들이 합심하여 기도 한 덕분인지 하루전 비자가 나와 중국 선교를 함께 간 경험이 있는 지라 우리 교회의 큐티 나눔방 중보기도팀께 기도를 부탁드렸다.
말레이시아 이반문화배경을 가진 새로운 여선교회원들을 만나는 설렘과 여선교회활동이라면 적극적으로 협조해 주는 남편의 조언을 뒤로하고 집을 나섰다. 말레이시아 쿠알라룸푸에서 사라왁 가는 비행기 연결이 잘 안되어 쿠알라룸푸 공항 근처에서 하루밤을 자는 바람에 집을 떠난 후 46시간만에 시부공항에 도착하였다. 한인여선교회 전국연합회가 3년째 선교한 곳이라 마중나온 분들이 김명래 총무님, 김헬레나 권사님을 잘 아셨다.
11월 30일부터 12월 2일까지 2박 3일동안 실시된 지도자훈련에서는 50세 미만으로 참가자들을 받아서인지 젊은 20대 회원들이 많았다. 이 곳에 앞날의 희망이 보였다. 3일동안의 빽빽한 일정에도 모두 열심히 듣고, 참여하는 모습에 우리도 보람되고 하나님께 감사드렸다. 이 지도자훈련을 통해 배운것을 개체 교회에서 새롭게 시도해 보고자 하는 열성의 회원들을 보며 나도 도전을 받았다. 선교활동은 현지 사람들은 물론 선교를 하는 분들도 은혜 받는다는 사실을 다시 한번 깨달으며 앞으로도 기회가 주어지는 대로 열심히 선교에 참여하기를 다짐해 본다.
(글:문광선 권사, 델라웨어 한인연합감리교회)
After Returning from the Iban Christian Women’s Leadership Training in Malaysia
We began our journey with our training by Women’s Division in Alma Mathew House, New York City and then continued onto the first joint China Hui-Nam-Hyeon Missions trip. Then, on August 25,2012 the passion was re-ignited after attending the Delaware-Baltimore of the NNKUMw Meeting.
I began this journey somewhat unexpectedly. One of the teammates on the Malaysia Missions team suddenly cancelled due to personal reasons, and I was thankful and excited to be able to join the team. It seemed like perfect timing because my children, who were coming to visit during Thanksgiving, were scheduled to depart the day before the mission trip.
After informing Myungrae Kim, who is the executive director of NNKUMw that I would join the missions trip, my anxiety and fear grew day by day. What could I contribute to the team? I thought about how I would prepare for this special trip.
In preparing for the trip, I received information regarding the location and the itinerary from the team leader, Helena Kim. I learned that some of the local church leaders did not speak English and we would be using translators. As a result, our lecture time would be shortened by half, but I was delighted to hear that the topic assigned to me was something that engaged me in my everyday life: child rearing and education. Could I tackle the topic of how we, as faithful mothers, take peace from God to raise godly children? I prepared for the session using lessons from the Bible, my studies in child education, and my personal experiences from raising three children. In addition, I dedicated myself to prayer, knowing that in missions, there is always spiritual warfare.
I recalled how powerful prayer was. For example, for the China mission trip, seven UMW had planned to join the Korean WSCS Mission Team but had to cancel two days before the departure date because their visas still had not been issued. We were able to avoid canceling our trip because permission to enter China came only one day before our departure after we had banded together in prayer. Remembering this experience, we asked our prayer team to pray hard for us.
As the date approached, I looked forward to meeting members of the Methodist Women from Malaysia’s Iban culture. With the support of my husband who actively supported my active involvement with the UMW, I headed out for our missions trip.
On the first night, we ended up spending the night near the airport due to problems with the connecting flight from Kuala Lumpur to Sarawak. We finally reached our destination airport after a 46 hours journey.
Upon arrival, our greeters were already well acquainted with Myungrae Kim and Helena Kim since this was our third year of missions. This year, however, those members under 50-years-old were invited to attend, so we were blessed with teammates who were in the 20s. As we worked in our team, I could see this place had hope for the future. Everyone in the community diligently participated in and listened during the packed three days schedule, making us feel like we had fulfilled our purpose for going there and giving us much reason to be thankful to God.
Upon seeing our passionate members and their desire to apply what they learned from the leadership training to bless their local churches, I once again felt challenged. While those served by the missionaries are blessed, I was once again reminded that the missionaries, too, are blessed by their experience. With this experience in hand and seeing how powerfully God worked, I look forward to participating in future mission opportunities God will provide for me.
(Written by Kwang Sun Moon, Delaware Network of the NNKUMw)
I look forward to hearing how God will work through them in Malaysia.
The Iban Christian Women's Leadership Training was held from Nov.30 to Dec. 2, 2012 in Sibu, Malaysia. The training was led by Helena Kim, MyungRae Kim, Sunnie Moon, and Sohyun Han. Participants were 50 Iban women. This year, about half of the participants were young women and a few of the participants were as young as 13!
This year, we focused on the theme of "Peace." We led workshops and Bible studies that focused on having peace with God and peace with others. We discussed when peace is broken, such as in human trafficking, which is prevalent in Malaysia and in Southeast Asia. We also focused on how we can nurture the next generation of peacemakers. The participants were actively engaged throughout the leadership training and openly shared about their experiences. Many talked about their personal relationships with Christ and about how they plan on being peacemakers in their churches and communities. The participants greatly enjoyed the community building games and we were able to share a lot of fun and fellowship with each other.
As a young woman, I easily connected with the other young women participants. I was surprised to hear during the program evaluation that many were inspired by me and want to travel around the world on short-term missions as well. I was reminded that these trainings can help develop young, global leaders in all parts of the world who are dedicated to leadership, service, and mission. There is a special role for young NNKUMW women in leading these leadership trainings and I encourage other young women to think about participating in future trainings.
At the end of the training, each district shared their action plan for the next year. All of the districts said that they want to hold leadership training in their local districts! Their passion and excitement for these trainings amazed me. I realized that when we plant seeds during these short-term missions, God can allow our seeds to bear fruit in powerful ways. One of the ways the program has already brought forth fruit is through mission giving. Last year, the Iban women raised money for their sisters in Vietnam. The women in Vietnam were so touched that they contributed more money to the fund and sent it to the sisters in China to help spread the gospel. This year, the Iban women were so encouraged that they raised even more money for their sisters in Mongolia. Our trainings are encouraging our sisters in Christ all over the world to connect and support each other!
Though this year is the NNKUMW's last training in Malaysia, I know that we are leaving our mission in good hands with the Iban women. I look forward to hearing how God will work through them in Malaysia.
(Written by Sohyun Han, A member of Program committee in National office of UMW, Young Woman)