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A BRICK IN THE PATH

A PAGE FROM THE PAST

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.

 

WALK OF FAITH

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.

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About WMU

We believe missions is a lifestyle; therefore, we provide missions education resources for all age-levels—from preschoolers to senior adults. Whatever your age or stage in life, we have missions resources for you. Through missions, others may hear of Jesus, the giver of eternal life.

WMU Overview

Founded in 1888, WMU is a missions organization that has educated and involved generations upon generations in Christian missions. Our purpose—to challenge Christian believers to understand and be radically involved in the mission of God—is accomplished through our age-level missions organizations, hands-on missions opportunities, and additional resources produced by WMU.

Shifting Gears

My husband tore a tendon in his shoulder. He cannot drive his six-speed car, so we’ve switched vehicles. It’s been nearly three decades since I drove a car with a manual transmission. I was a bit nervous, wondering if I would be able to manage the clutch. After a few excursions, I fell back into the rhythm of shifting gears. The experience has reminded me of key leadership principles.

Focus on WMU is this month. As you bring attention to the programs and ministries of WMU, take a moment and focus on your own missions influence. Often plans are made at the beginning of the church year and WMU leaders are on automatic cruise control by midyear. Take time to assess missions progress. Do you need to speed up and shift to another gear to implement a new initiative? You may need to consider reducing speed and downshift to spend more time emphasizing a particular missions strategy of your congregation. You must be flexible to shift gears as needed.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

 

In 1895, the estimated population of the United States was 68.9 million. It was in that year that a special offering was first collected for missions work in North America. In today’s way of looking at things, the offering probably seems small, only about $5,000. But when you measure the value of the dollar in 1895 compared to the value of the dollar as recently as 2009, that $5,000 would equal approximately $4.52 million (based on the relative share of GDP).

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Project HELP

Through an initiative called Project HELP, WMU identifies a social and moral issue and ties in national projects that help lead the church to address it.

Since the launch of Project HELP in 1994-1995, WMU has focused on a variety of universal problems over the years ranging from hunger and poverty to HIV/AIDS and racial injustice. With each issue, we seek to raise the level of awareness and provide practical approaches anyone can implement to open the door for meeting needs and sharing the gospel.


2014 - 2018
Project HELP: PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone—veterans, first responders, victims of violence, natural disaster survivors, and others. 

One of the most healing resources for someone who suffers from PTSD is community, and being in community is one of the core functions of the body of Christ. Discover how you and your church can walk alongside them.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a diagnosable mental disorder as classified by the DSM-V.  Some key facts about PTSD include the following:

International Mission Study: Norway

Coast of Norway

IMS 2016: NORWAY

It's a land of dramatic Nordic landscapes with lush meadows and forested hills, icy glaciers and rushing waterfalls, deep fjords and snow-capped peaks. In the north, the summer sun shines around the clock, and in the winter northern lights fill the sky.

Beyond startling beauty, Norway's other superlatives include it being considered the world's most democratic nation. It ranks among the world's wealthiest nations with North Sea oil fields allowing the country to sock away reserves of hundreds of billions of dollars. And using the United Nation's measures for happiness, people in Norway enjoy high levels of security, strong social policies, freedoms, and an overall sense of well-being, making Norway one of the happiest countries in the world.

Yet, in a country that seemingly has everything, Norway's heritage as a Christian nation belies its spiritual state. Postmodern culture has taken root here as in much of Europe with its sense of relativism and lack of definitive truths. Large church buildings of the past stand empty or have been converted into cafes in this secular culture. 

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International Mission Study: Indonesia

IMS Indonesia 2015

Indonesia: Tropical paradise or islands of lostness?

More than a millennium ago, foreign traders began coming to Indonesia’s 13,000 islands, seeking precious spices of nutmeg, mace, and cloves. Religious beliefs also flowed into the islands from trade ships: Hinduism from India, Buddhism from China, and the most influential religion of all, Islam. The beliefs of Muslim traders swept the archipelago, making Indonesia today the world’s most populous Muslim nation. This creates a challenge for introducing Indonesians to the gospel.

Explore Indonesia through the 2015 International Mission Study. Discover the challenges and joys of ministry there. Visit the places that draw more tourists than traders today, and learn about individuals who are leaving a legacy there that matters for eternity.

Shop for products made in Indonesia on wmustore.com.

 

By All Means WMU Emphasis for 2016–2018

In 2016–2018, WMU will challenge Christ followers to

  • follow His example;
  • step into the world around them;
  • cultivate relationships; and
  • create opportunities to demonstrate the love of Christ.

Check out the printed and downloadable By All Means resources for 2017–2018.


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