|NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Laos native Mycie Vue of Brooklyn Park, Minn., has been named as this year's recipient of the Dellanna West O'Brien Award for Women's Leadership Development by WMU and the WMU Foundation.
With the encouragement of her pastor, Vue, a member of First Hmong Baptist Church in St. Paul, discovered WMU in 1993 when she sought a way she and other women could serve God.
Quickly seeing the value of Woman's Missionary Union to bring missions education and involvement to her own culture, Vue started WMU at First Hmong to teach women in her church that God has a purpose for their lives.
Vue went on to establish Minnesota-Wisconsin Hmong WMU and served as its first executive director from 1995 to 2008. She now serves as president of Minnesota-Wisconsin WMU.
"Mycie sparkles because she loves God, desires to serve Him and is committed to teaching others to love and serve Him as well," said Jeanne Wedekind, executive director of Minnesota-Wisconsin WMU who nominated Vue for the award, which was presented during the WMU Missions Celebration in New Orleans June 18.
"She communicates well and you can see others smiling when they talk with her," Wedekind said of Vue.
In addition to Vue's service among Hmong women and WMU, she has served with the Minnesota-Wisconsin Southern Baptist disaster relief team since 2001, training other Hmong leaders for disaster relief and participating in several cleanup operations in the Minnesota-Wisconsin region.
Vue is equipped in the feeding, childcare and mud-out units and as a unit director. During a response to a tornado in northern Minneapolis, Vue assisted Hmong residents by translating their needs to volunteers on the team.
"I can always depend on her to assist our disaster relief ministry in whatever way she can to minister to disaster relief victims," said David Wedekind, director of disaster relief for Baptists in Minnesota.
Vue works to develop other Hmong women's leadership skills through WMU training sessions and retreats. She also builds up the women through personal relationships to help them become better leaders. Continued...