Welcomes Rev. Dr. Grace Y. May—the president of Women of Wonder, Inc. (WOW!), a ministry that seeks to empower women to fulfill their God-given dreams.
So when I called my mom to tell her that I was going to seminary, I thought she would be ecstatic. But after I made my announcement over the phone, all I heard was silence. Eventually she said, “Grace, if you think ministry is easy, and that’s why you’re going into it, then you need to pray hard about it. Being in ministry may be easier than being a lawyer in some ways, but it has its own challenges.” (READ MORE)
In the late 1980s, there weren’t any conservative evangelical Chinese churches that I knew of that were ordaining women. Even if I wanted to be a pastor, I felt like my way was blocked. I got really discouraged, and a progressive English ministry pastor in Boston even told me, “I think it’ll be 10 years before Chinese churches ordain their first woman,” and after a pause, he changed his mind and said, “Well, maybe 7 years.”
He must have been prophetic, because it was almost 7 years to the day that I finally got ordained. I spent those 7 years getting over a lot of disappointment and some anger. At the same time, I attended grad school, with the hopes that with a doctorate, I could at least teach and train pastors, even if I couldn’t become one.
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God is simply incredible and has the power to do the impossible. Now I want to be a part of God’s dream of seeing our sons and daughters prophesying (Acts 2:17). With the help of a superb board, we have just launched Women of Wonder, Inc. (WOW!), a non-profit dedicated to empowering women to fulfill their God-given dreams. (READ MORE)
ABOUT REV. DR. GRACE Y. MAY
Rev. May received her M.Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Th.D at the Boston University School of Theology. In 1999, she was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Rev. May has served as a pastor in Boston at the Chinese Christian Church of New England, in New York at the First Chinese Presbyterian Church and Oversea Chinese Mission. She has taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, City Seminary of New York and St. Paul’s University in Kenya.
HEAR MORE AND ENGAGE IN PERSON! REV. DR. GRACE MAY WILL BE SPEAKING AT APIWL THIS WEEK! ATTEND THIS NATIONWIDE, LEADERSHIP GATHERING TO SUPPORT API WOMEN LEADERS.
ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDERS WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
• MAY 3-5, 2012 • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA apiwomenlead.com
“Leadership Over the Long Haul”