First Congregational Church, 216 E. Gurley St. in Prescott, welcomes Ronny de Jong to lead the service and share the message on Sunday, April 24. It is PAAM SUNDAY - Pacific Islander & Asian American Ministries (PAAM) was organized in 1974 at a gathering in San Francisco, California, of representatives from different regions throughout the United States. The vision was to unite and move forward at the national, regional, and local levels as Pacific Islanders & Asian Americans in the United Church of Christ, sharing our unique gifts with one another. The 18th General Synod passed a resolution designating the last Sunday of April as PAAM Sunday when all UCC churches recognize and celebrate the gifts and contribution of Pacific Islanders & Asian Americans in the life of the UCC.
PAAM has initiated, sponsored, supported and participated in many activities at all levels of the conference, worked for greater PAAM representation on all levels of the conference boards, committees, and staff. PAAM continues to address institutional racism within the church and society, is concerned with issues of human rights and justice, and helps to support and strengthen clergy and lay leadership at the local level.
Ronny Herman de Jong is a survivor of the World War Two Japanese concentration camps on the island of Java. A member of the Professional Writers of Prescott and the Society of Southwestern Authors, Ronny holds a BA in English Literature from Leiden University in the Netherlands. She has authored four books: a 1992 World War 2 memoir In the Shadow of the Sun; two editions of a sequel Rising from the Shadow of the Sun; plus an anthology, published on August 3, 2014: Survivors of WWII in the Pacific.