Assembly 2014: response daily

Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Women Make It Happen

Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Women Make It Happen
Women from the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville for Assembly 2014.

When the date and place for the 2014 United Methodist Women Assembly was announced, the women of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference began planning to attend. Officers divvied up responsibilities, and the women started raising funds in Indian Taco dinners, and garage and craft sales to help with the costs of chartering a bus, lodging and registration. Help came from the United Methodist Native American Comprehensive Plan and the General Board of Global Ministries Office of Native American and Indigenous Ministries.

Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference United Methodist Women made it happen! Today, after packing suitcases and snacks for the long bus ride, 68 women from around the conference are at Assembly—derby hats and all— celebrating.

And 26 of them are Assembly first-timers.

“I am feeling so proud to represent my district!” said Mary Smith, Southern District President and Assembly first-timer. “I had heard so much about Assembly and all the good workshops. I’ve learned a lot, and I’m blessed just by attending and getting to meet different groups of ladies of different cultures and sharing the love of God. The Scripture tells me, ‘For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.’ [Ephesians 2:10]. This is what I stand on.  I want to be a stronger disciple for Jesus and be a strong leader for our United Methodist Women.”

For the Assembly Timeline project, former conference officer Laura Buss sent in information on her grandmother, Marie Gipson, who touched a lot of women through Woman’s Society of Christian Service and later United Methodist Women. “My grandmother was always one who was in the background and never wanted to be on the frontline,” said Ms. Buss, here at Assembly with her mother and sister. “At this Assembly, she is finally getting to shine like she should have all these years.”

Josephine Deere is director of interpretation and programs and connectional ministries for Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of The United Methodist Church and a former United Methodist Women director.

Posted or updated: 4/24/2014 11:00:00 PM
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