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A woman for the times

When Josephine Tso Shui-Wan first entered an Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong seminary in 1981, that denomination didn't ordain women.

Today Tso is the first woman to lead a national church body in Chinese Christian history. She was installed as president of the ELCHK last June. The oldest of five children, Tso credits her mother's influence for her conversion to Christianity in 1954.

"I have always loved the church and have been impressed with the dedication of those called to ministry," she said. "But for years I didn't think I had the ability or the calling to become a full-time worker myself."


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