Annie Armstrong and Mattie McIntosh encouraged a group of women not to act hastily but to spend a year praying and laying groundwork for a new missions organization. A determined group of women gathered that May morning in 1888, conscious of the years and tears and prayers bringing them to this moment. Some brought their daughters to witness this historic occasion. Mattie McIntosh called for prayer. And then came the roll call. Women from ten states gladly and solemnly voted to be the first official members of what would come to be known as Woman’s Missionary Union.



Can you imagine those women who gathered in 1888? Just a few years before, the Civil War had torn the country apart and most families had experienced devastating loss. These women didn’t have the right to vote and had very little independence at all.

Still, they gathered in Richmond, God calling them as Christian women to take an active part in the Great Commission. Some were fearful and uncertain, but all were committed to being part of God’s mission.

Had these women not come together that day with the boldness to begin a new missions organization, WMU might not exist today. These women were not trying to become famous, they were simply responding to God’s invitation to tell all nations and all people about Jesus. Had they not paved the way, those of us who have been influenced by WMU might not be who we are today.  

God has designed a pathway leading us to wholeness and redemption through Christ, and each one of us is a brick in that path. We walk on the bricks of those who came before us, like those women gathered in Richmond in 1888. Those who come behind us will walk on our bricks as they journey towards God’s plan for their own lives.

How beautiful is it to imagine God placing you into the perfect spot on the path? In His overall design, He knows exactly where you belong. He knows that each brick in the path depends on all of the other bricks because no great structure is built with a single brick.

WMU and the WMU Foundation are honoring those who have invested their lives in missions on national WMU’s Walk of Faith. This new honor/memorial garden recognizes those who are part of the WMU missions community, past and present. A special place has been reserved for the Walk of Faith at WMU on New Hope Mountain in Birmingham, AL.

Learn more about the Walk of Faith by clicking here or email us to request more information by mail.

By Candice Lee

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