WMU Matters

Preparing this month’s column has been challenging since I realized it would be my last as your executive director. After 12 columns a year for 16 years and numerous other writing assignments including four years as president, I suspect I have written more than 125,000 words for Missions Mosaic alone. Each month I’ve tried to convey my heart for missions, my love for WMU, and my personal belief that what we do through WMU for spreading the truth of God’s Word and His love for all people matters. I believe it not only matters but also is a critical part of the future of missions and our denomination. Without our shared missions commitment, we have little left to bind us together as Southern Baptists; without our missions purpose, we have little reason to exist as WMU.

Thank you for loving missions and faithfully giving a voice to the needs of our missionaries in your meetings, in your praying, and in your going. Thank you for teaching the children of your church God loves all the people of the world and He has a plan for their lives as they grow in their faith. Thank you for loving the young women in your church, mentoring them faithfully into a missions lifestyle. Thank you for supporting national WMU through faithful giving to the WMU Foundation; without the Second Century Fund, the Vision Fund, and the Joy Fund, we could not fulfill the missions task we have embraced.

In the coming months, a new leader will begin writing her words of encouragement and affirmation of our missions commitment. As she assumes this significant role, she will face many challenges—how to engage the younger generation living in a postmodern culture, how to deliver missions resources in a sustainable format with the ever growing digital world, and how to increase our impact in a world that desperately needs to know Jesus, to name a few. I hope you will join me in praying for her, in lifting up this organization as she assumes leadership, and for those to whom she will cast a new vision for the future of WMU. I can hardly wait to see the gifts she will bring to the table. I promise I will be cheering her on and lifting her up in prayer as she moves us toward the future God has for WMU.

Rather than close this final column with any further words of my own, I’d like to leave you with the words of Paul found in Ephesians 3:16­–18, 20–21:

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. . . . Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”



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