Women’s Union Window to the World
in Progress in Sweden

The Swedish church map is changing. The Swedish Baptist Union, the Methodist Church of Sweden, and the Swedish Mission Covenant Church decided in June 2011 to start a new church together. The vote was unanimous.[b]Aina Rasmussen[/b]Aina Rasmussen

2007 the Swedish Baptist Women Union´s board, SBKF, met with the Methodist Women´s board, MKK. The early relationship felt good and continued to grow after a few follow-up meetings. Two years later the two boards met again to discuss the future and decided to contact the main steering committee for the new combined church. The reaction was positive. In November 2009 the same representatives from SBKF and MKK met with the gender-committee from the Mission Covenant Church, SMK. The meeting took place during half a day and included talking and praying. From this meeting it became clear that all parties wished to establish a women´s organization for the new combined church. Two month later the real work started. A group with representatives from SBKF, MKK and SMK was formed. We all were convinced we would work together for a new common women´s organization.

Important questions along the way

How to organize? What are the main tasks? How to administrate the inheritance from the old organizations? How to find out what are the needs for people around us today, nationally and globally? These kinds of questions are still driving us and we pray God to show us how to be a part in His work.

The main task is how to reach people in our days. Most members are middle-aged or older. How can we attract young people? In SBKF´s history, we read again and again about the difficulties to get the young generations involved. They are, and have always been, very busy. Maybe we have to accept that everything has its own time. We think women´s groups are important and continue to do much good service in many ways in their own country as well as abroad.

Aina Rasmussen and Anna KettnerAina Rasmussen and Anna Kettner

The new women´s organization started on the 27th of August this year. After a brief discussion the meeting voted for a name, Christian and Women, K&K, (in Swedish Kristen och Kvinna). An article of association was approved and a board was elected. Also a plan for the immediate months was settled. The meeting also decided to appoint a General Secretary. I was voted Chairwoman. Today the General Secretary (Anna Kettner) and I, myself work closely.

Here we are! The number of members is about seven hundred. Good enough to start with and the numbers grow every week. Work with regulations still takes lots of time. News-letters are written and we visit strategic churches/places to tell people what´s going on. The homepage also supplies information www.kristenochkvinna.se

For us Baptist women it has been very important to continue with our prioritized projects like camps for single mothers with children, scholarships to poor children/families in northern Thailand. Today we serve 300 children at four sites. In Congo we continue with our literacy project. Primarily, this helps women who haven’t had opportunity to go to school. Through our project we help them learn reading and writing. Now they tell us ‘we can read the bible at service and we can go to the local market and sell our agricultural produce without being swindled.’ These are some of our inherited projects but more will come in the future. The changes are very exciting. K&K is taking over all our projects but we choose working-groups for every single project to guarantee both quality and continuity.

The Formal Swedish Baptist Women´s Union came to an end 31 December 2011 but we are still in a process and we ask members to gather for a final annual meeting in May.

We hope that the new organization will give testimony about loving, sharing, and taking care of people in a loving way. For Sweden with a growing population of non-believers we think these steps taken are meaningful. As Christian women we pray that God will use us in His plan.

Step by step we are moving forward to new challenges.

 

Aina Rasmussen