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Journey to becoming a

Journey to becoming a PEACEMAKER The experience of a lifetime which should have lasted 6 days but unfortunately reduced to merely 3 days can only be summarized into one word. GRACE! “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 It was truly an exhilarating moment when I found out I was going to travel out of the country for the very first time. The feeling of having the Malaysian passport in hand and knowing it was to be stamped for the first time excited me beyond measures. Being called to go for the Asian Young Women’s Leadership Development (AYWLD) Seminar in Vietnam was a surprise that was indeed a blessing for me. I have travelled many times, I have even flew numerous times in and out of Borneo but flying out of the country with two other ladies. I had merely met at the airport check-in was the first of many firsts. Organised by the Wesley Foundation of Japan in collaboration with Scranton Women’s Leadership Centre in Korea, United Methodist Women, General Board of Global Ministry of the United Methodist Church and Vietnam Methodist Church, the AYWLD Seminar was held on Feb 6 th - 10 th , 2017 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. A total of 40 women participated in the seminar comprising of 32 young women from 10 Asian countries, 4 staff and interns from Wesley From left to right: Hannah Foo (TRAC), Agatha Elpis (TAC) and Pastor Senorita Watt (SIAC) Participating Countries: Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam Foundation and Scranton Women’s Leadership Centre in Korea and 4 lecturers comprising of pastors, missionaries and social workers from Korea, Japan, Philippines and Vietnam. The 3 of us were representatives from our GCMW. 20

Themed “Be a Peace Maker”, the seminar kicked off in the afternoon on the 6 th of Feb, with an opening worship service. Participants were asked to present a symbol of their respective countries to the altar for the introduction and ice breaking session. At the end of the service, each group presented peace blessings in their own language. Although the group of 32 young women present there were diverse and exclusive, each of us were mere followers of Christ Jesus and it did not take long before fellowship took place. Throughout the seminar, we got to know each other, we learned about diverse cultures and histories, we prayed together, and we were growing in passion for justice and peace in the world. As followers of Christ, we were all reminded that God calls each of us to be peace makers. Symbols from various country. We had community building exercises which were team building exercises, workshops, group dynamic activities, Bible studies, country sharing, games, site visits and most of all lots and lots of fun and memorable time together. Each session was insightful, educational and motivating. The most important topics we discussed revolved around peace, social issues and women’s leadership roles. One particular workshop was conducted by the chairman of Hagar International, Ms Micaela Cronin of Australia. The workshop was on Human Trafficking and an introduction of Hagar International’s missions and visions. It was truly eye-opening as these issues were nowhere near my radar of knowledge. I was taken aback after knowing that many of the issues that are happening all around the world are way beyond our understanding. Each session and teaching proved beneficial for me especially and I have never been more thankful to God for where He has placed me and where He is leading me to. 21

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