AB Women’s Ministries Takes Action on Immigration

American Baptist ChurchesVALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/30/15)—American Baptist Women’s Ministries hosted a virtual mission encounter, “Crisis at the Border: What Could I Do?” from March 2-6, 2015. “Crisis at the Border,” an online educational event for women, offered the opportunity for participants to delve into issues around immigration and the unaccompanied minors arriving at the southern borders of the United States.

This virtual mission encounter, the ninth such event hosted by American Baptist Women’s Ministries since 2010, had the highest registration to date, indicating a strong interest in the topic among American Baptist women. Women from across the United States joined together in learning about many facets of the crisis of unaccompanied minors and encouraged one another to involvement and advocacy. Guest speakers for the event were Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rae, director of Refugee and Immigration Ministries with Disciples of Christ Home Missions; Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Congdon-Martin, retired director of Supervised Ministries at Palmer Theological Seminary, who recently traveled to Guatemala with a group from her church to live and serve among families there; Mary Clark, Esq., executive director of Esperanza Immigration Legal Services; and Jen Smyers, associate director for Immigration and Refugee Policy with Church World Service.

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AB Women’s Ministries on Behalf of Kachin Women

American Baptist ChurchesAmerican Baptist Women’s Ministries Acts on Behalf of Kachin Women in Myanmar

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/28/15)—On January 19, 2015, two young Kachin Baptist women were brutalized and murdered by soldiers of the Burma Army in the Shabuk Kawhnghka village in northern Shan State, Myanmar. Maran Lu Ra (aged 20) and Tangbau Hkawn Nan Tsin (21) were serving as volunteer teachers in the village as part of the Kachin Baptist Convention mission of education. They were attacked and killed while sleeping in their bedroom in a hostel on the campus of the Kachin Baptist church in the village.

In response, American Baptist Women’s Ministries has issued a statement to Secretary of State John Kerry calling upon the U.S. government to uphold its commitment to human rights by pressuring the government of Burma to bring the perpetrators to justice and to uphold its obligations as a signatory to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention of the Rights of the Child, and the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. This is the second such statement American Baptist Women’s Ministries has addressed to the Secretary of State’s office calling for increased pressure on the government of Burma to end the use of rape as a weapon of war. Read more…