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A Sign for the Times

Sandy Wisdom-Martin with multiuse handheld sign

Do not judge. I am well aware I have lived in Birmingham for nearly 4 years and numerous boxes in the barn are yet to be unpacked. Several of my events were canceled this spring because of the COVID-19 global pandemic crisis. I found myself with a free Saturday, and the guilt of an overwhelming task too long-delayed won out. Most of the once cherished treasures landed in the giveaway stack. When I saw the sensory box and the multiuse handheld sign, my eyes lit up.

Letting Go of Leadership: Painful but Necessary

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In 2017, I spent weeks (months?) wrestling with the decision to retire as executive director of Kentucky WMU. I loved my job, was in good health, and had good relationships in my setting. Yet there was a nagging in my soul that it was time.

Leadership = Relationship

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Some things just go together, don’t they? Salt and pepper; socks and shoes; pins and needles; nuts and bolts; and cake and ice cream. We have visual associations with pairs of items like bride and groom, paper and pencil, and hugs and kisses. Thinking along similar lines, it’s difficult to think about leaders without thinking about their relationships.

How to Say “WMU Appreciates You” to Your Missions Leaders

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“I thank my God every time I remember you.” That’s how Paul began his letter to the church at Philippi. It’s a good model to follow when it comes to your church’s missions leaders. And as Paul did, let them know you appreciate them.

7 New Year’s Resolutions for Missions Leaders

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It’s that time of year again when we look ahead and begin to imagine all the possibilities of a new year. We set goals and create action steps in the hopes we will be able to accomplish big things. We also set resolutions that will help us improve our lives.

8 Lessons in Communication

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I’ve served on state WMU staffs for more than 36 years, and I’ve learned some lessons about communication through the years.

 

Global Hunger Relief: One Association’s Story

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“Words can never thank you enough for reminding me that God loves me and has great plans for me. You see, I was homeless, living in the woods with no food, no hope, and freezing cold in the winter.” These words of testimony were written to Operation Care last year in a 4-page letter of thanks for this ministry.

A Healthy Leader Tends to Balance Each Day

woman balancing stones in hands

Father, I had a letter from my friend today. It was so full of pain, Lord. I wanted to run to her and FIX IT. I wanted to DO SOMETHING! But those actions would only say doing and fixing are the answer, when You are the answer. So, Lord, instead I pray.

A Healthy Leader Needs Christian Community

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The labor of childbirth began in the wee hours of a Sunday morning. I didn’t have to race to the clinic, but I wouldn’t be teaching the children at church that morning. My husband called the Bolivian pastor to tell him we wouldn’t be at church.

A Healthy Leader’s Bible Study Goes Deep

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It didn’t take long telling Bible stories in South Asia to find out that Jesus’ healing of a bleeding woman (Mark 5:24–34) was the favorite story of many women.

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