Recently, I attended the National Federation of Asian American United Methodist Convocation (NFAAUM) held at Wesley United Methodist in San Jose, Calif. on July 29-31. It was my first time to attend the conference such as this, and I am very glad that I did.
Furthermore, I had the opportunity to meet and build relationships with clergy and laity from different part of the United States. In addition, ten caucus groups came together for a time of worship, Bible study, prayer, discussion and Multicultural Night. Each caucus group gave reports and shared prayer concerns. The ten caucus groups present were as follows: Cambodia American Caucus, National Chinese American Caucus, National Association of Filipino-American, Formosan Caucus, Association of Hmong United Methodist Churches, National Japanese American Caucus, Lao National Caucus, National Association of Korean American, Southern Asian National Caucus, and the Vietnamese National Caucus.
Moreover, it was just amazing to see and hear about the mighty movement of God in the life of the United Methodist Church. I have read that our church is global and connectional, but at the conference I personally experienced the global nature of our Church. Also, Asian American United Methodist Bishops Hee Soo Jung, Grant Hagiya, and Roy Sano gave inspiring presentations.
Apart from all the excitement and cultural aspect of the conference, God reminded me that I must remain faithful to His Holy Call, to be a leader with a global perspective and to focus on affirming and developing young people for leadership in the life of the Church.
Lastly, I am just thankful to the Almighty God for connecting me with the beloved Kentucky Annual Conference, where I have had the opportunity to share my culture, talents, and gifts for the glory and advancement of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus is Lord,
Pastor, Wesley Meadows/ Levelwoods charge