Missions banquet at Wisconsin Annual Conference 2014

“Tonight is a celebration of our work around the globe,” Dan Dick said at Saturday's mission banquet. “It’s a joy to have you here.” He announced that the Wisconsin Conference paid the highest amount of apportionments to Africa University last year at 131.7%.

Assistant Campaign Director of Imagine No Malaria Ashley Gish thanked the Wisconsin Conference for its commitment to join the Imagine No Malaria campaign. She said the money donated to the campaign will support not only net distribution and education, but communications in the form of radio ads and cell phone alerts. “We are empowering people, investing in their future, creating infrastructure to fight malaria and push for a healthy community,” she said. Click here to watch the Thanks to You Imagine No Malaria video.

Bishop Jung recently spent time with Dr. Young Ju Kim, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Korea, in Switzerland at a conference for the reunification and reconciliation of the Korean peninsula. Kim was a guest speaker at the banquet and explained that the Korean peninsula has made progress toward peace, but there is still tension, and if war breaks out there, it will be an international disaster. “Both the North and South are suffering, and I’m asking you to remember both sides in your prayers,” he said. Dan Dick and Bishop Jung also asked that all members of the Wisconsin conference keep the Korean peninsula in their prayers on the Sunday prior to August 15, Korea’s Independence Day. In addition, Bishop Jung announced that during a recent visit to South Korea, the Dongbu Conference gave Bishop Jung $2000 as a gift to Hmong House of Good News.

Paul Webster, a Wisconsin native and GBGM Missionary serving at Mujila Falls Agriculture Centre in Zambia, gave the keynote speech at the dinner. He expressed thanks for the Wisconsin Conference’s giving to Africa University, and talked about how that giving directly helps students such as his friend Tshala Mwengo, a missionary who recently passed away. “Tshala had huge talents, and a huge love of God. He taught me that people can be leaders, but they need a chance,” Webster said. “Your giving sent him through Africa University, and he never forgot that. As sad as it is that we’ve lost him, we remember the impact left on the world.”

The following individuals were also recognized for their commitment to advancing missions in Wisconsin and around the world with the following awards:

  • Bridge Builder – Barbara Certa-Werner
  • Denman Evangelism – Norma Maria Hernandez (young), Sam Royappa (clergy), Carleen Sook (laity)
  • Love in Action – Bruce Koch
  • Thelma Gregg – Kady Herr Yang
  • Perry Saito – MacArthur Weddle