On Thursday, January 23, 2020, 37 members of the CWS Asia regional team met in Jakarta, Indonesia for a Town Hall meeting with CWS President & CEO, Reverend John McCullough. The gathering was held so Rev. McCullough could update the team on CWS work globally. He also answered questions, which staff had proposed in advance, about CWS future. President McCullough spoke about issues that affect the families and communities with which CWS works worldwide. Besides poverty, CWS increasingly helps people cope with migration issues and challenges. In answering Asia team members’ questions, which were many, of great importance was McCullough’s positive view of Asia’s opportunities to continue innovative as well as ‘tried and true’ development and humanitarian work in the region. He also said that the Asia team should be able to count of CWS donors, traditional and new, to continue supporting our work.
After the Town Hall, all staff received service appreciation certificates, along with Timorese ceremonial scarves. And, in the afternoon, Indonesian colleagues from the Protecting Urban Refugees through Empowerment (PURE) project accompanied all visitors to three group homes that CWS hosts for unaccompanied refugee children and at-risk women. Support for the homes and the essential protection they offer is from the US and Australian governments and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
In December 2016 the CWS Regional Leadership Team for Asia was pleased to welcome CWS President & CEO, Rev. John McCullough to the region to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the agency’s leadership of Licensed Agencies for Relief in Asia (LARA) at an ecumenical gathering in Tokyo and to visit CWS projects in Vietnam following Leadership Team meetings in Hanoi, which the CWS Vietnam team was generous in hosting.