• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)

    Introducing Two Scholarship Recipients through the Women and Girls Mission Fund

    One of the Women and Girls Mission Fund grants in 2014 is to provide scholarships to two women attending the FOUNDATIONS Judson Communities (FJC) pastoral training school through Central Baptist Theological Seminary. FOUNDATIONS Judson Communities is for pastors and leaders of churches serving recently resettled communities of people in the U.S. coming from Burma. This certificate level program helps pastors and church leaders better serve their newly established communities as they live and worship in the U.S.A.

    Naw* Jesus “Jess” Htoo is a nineteen-year-old Karen woman in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Jess was born in Mae La refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border and came with her parents and family to the United States in 2009. Jess is a senior in high school this year and, after graduation, wants to continue her education in nursing. She and her family are active members with the Karen Baptist community in Bowling Green where they gather in homes for worship. Jess is secretary for the Karen women’s ministry group. She is happy and very thankful to receive the scholarship from AB Women’s Ministries so that she can attend the FOUNDATIONS Judson Communities classes in Nashville, Tennessee. Jess says she is taking the classes to learn more about God and God’s Word, and to find ways to be a better witness for Christ. She has the dream of becoming a missionary nurse to help her Karen people with both their physical and spiritual needs.

    Naw* Moo Ler Paw, also Karen, is fifty-five years old; she and her husband escaped Burma into the Mae Law refugee camp in 1987, where they lived and raised their family until resettling in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 2007. Moo Ler Paw’s husband passed away from cancer in 2010. Moo Ler Paw is a member of the same Karen Baptist community as Jess Htoo, and she has occasionally served as preacher during their worship services. She and her daughter are currently both part of FOUNDATIONS Judson Communities in Nashville, Tennessee. Moo Ler Paw says she is part of FJC so she can learn more about God and God’s Word to be a more effective “missionary” and tell people about God. She thinks women should take greater leadership roles such as leading worship in home small groups. Moo Ler paw is very grateful for the scholarship from AB Women’s Ministries that gives her the opportunities to take the FJC classes in Nashville.

    Let’s wrap these two women in prayer as they learn more about God, Scripture, and pastoral leadership!

    *In the Karen language, “Naw” is the feminine prefix put in front of the first name.

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