By Melanie Mar Chow
One of our strategies as campus ministers of AACF (Asian American Christian Fellowship) is to raise up men and women to serve God by serving their peers while they are in college. But after years of releasing students into life after college, I soon began to ask, What happens after they graduate? How do they continue in leadership, especially the women?
Soon, I began discussing the challenges for Asian American women leaders with Margaret Yu of the EPIC Movement, the Asian American ministry of CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) and Nikki Toyama-Szeto (of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship), and after some lengthy phone calls and meetings together, the three of us decided to plan a nationwide Asian American women’s leadership conference. Our goal was to empower women leaders through a safe, honest, and challenging environment for women to grow their voice and to learn from other women leaders.
We are excited to announce that the first ever APIWLC (Asian Pacific Islander Women’s Leadership Conference) will take place on May 3-5, 2012 at Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles (EBCLA) in Rosemead, CA. We hope you will join us to experience being empowered and encouraged by other API women leaders like Jane Hyun, Kathy Khang, Vivian Mabuni, Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Young Lee Hertig, Leila Wong and Margaret Yu. We desire an environment of being known and loved by one another on our journeys as we grow and learn together as leaders in the church, on campus, in academia, or in the marketplace. There will also be a focused time led by Pastor Ken Fong, joined by other male leaders like Tommy Dyo, Ken Kong, DJ Chuang, and Billy Vo for male leaders who want to empower API women leaders.
Our prayer is that it will bear fruit for all its participants male and female, and that it will be the basis of fruit that is still yet to ripen in the work that God will do with each person who attends.
For more information, visit our NEW website! http://apiwomenlead.com/