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A Plentiful Harvest

Week of Prayer Day 1

In Acts 8, we find Philip proclaiming Christ to the lost people of Samaria—a place full of evil. The crowds listened to Philip’s words “with one accord,” and the Holy Spirit broke through the darkness. People were delivered from unclean spirits. They were healed from illness. Even Simon the magician turned to Jesus and was baptized, though there are questions about his sincerity. The Spirit of God swept through Samaria, and Scripture says there was “great joy in that city.” It was a victory for Christ and His kingdom.

The vast missions field of North America is just as dark as long-ago Samaria. Terrible violence and sexual perversion are regular topics on the news. Broken relationships and poverty fragment families. Long the voice of hope in our communities, churches are losing their influence. Approximately 75 percent of Southern Baptist churches in America are plateaued or declining. Many are closing. On average, 17 Southern Baptist churches shut their doors for good every Sunday, leaving underserved and unreached neighborhoods in cities across North America.

How can we respond? Prayer should be at the top of our list.

Engaging, Cultivating, and Investing

theme for 2017 annie armstong easter offering

Reaching the Unchurched in North America

By Carrie Brown McWhorter

The word cooperation suggests an attitude of unity, a sense of harmony and teamwork. “Together for His Kingdom,” this year’s theme for the Week of Prayer for North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, emphasizes the cooperative mission of Southern Baptists to pray for missionaries, give to support their work, and go to further the gospel.

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) estimates 259 million people in the United States and Canada do not have a personal relationship with Jesus. Researchers are finding a growing spiritual apathy among the unchurched. A June 2016 study by LifeWay Research found that few think about what happens after they die and only a third of respondents said they would go to a worship service, even if invited by a friend.

If the unchurched are willing to visit a service, there might not be a church trying to reach them. According to NAMB, only one Southern Baptist congregation exists for every 6,828 people in North America.

BNF: Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Baptist Nursing Fellowship and how you can be a part of it.

Do I have to be a female nurse to be a part of WMU’s Baptist Nursing Fellowship?
All genders are invited to be a part of this ministry. Also, all health-care professionals, not just nurses, are welcomed.

How can I receive a scholarship from BNF?
BNF has four different funds to help support the education and ministries of BNF nurses nationally and globally. Click here for more information about these scholarships and the grant application.

What kind of special training opportunities does BNF offer?
Members can receive continuing education units at the BNF Annual Meeting. BNF hopes to begin offering online CEUs in the near future.

What kinds of mission trips does BNF sponsor?
BNF offers opportunities for nurses to use their skills nationally and globally. 

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State Offices

Contact information for individual WMU state offices can be found here.

Videos

These videos will give you a better understanding of all that WMU offers.

Holistic Discipleship with WMU from WMU on Vimeo.

Get Started: WMU Churchwide from WMU on Vimeo.

BNF Member Page

WMU Consultants

If you’d like assistance starting or growing missions discipleship in your church, we want to help! Our consultants would love to help you achieve your missions vision!


Joye Smith is preschool consultant and Preschool Resource Team leader for national WMU. In her position, Joye encourages missions awareness and involvement of preschoolers by providing training, conferences, and consultation to preschool missions leaders. She takes joy in seeing preschoolers develop a heart for missions.

Contact:
jsmith@wmu.org
(205) 991-4980

2016 Missions Trips

 


 

 


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myMISSION: Nashville, TN - May 27–30

A collection of memories from myMISSION: Nashville 2016.

Wisdom-Martin elected executive director of WMU, SBC

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Sandra Wisdom-Martin, executive director of WMU of Texas, was unanimously elected executive director/treasurer of Woman’s Missionary Union, SBC, by the WMU executive board during a special called meeting, July 29-30, in Birmingham, Ala.

Wisdom-Martin succeeds Wanda Lee, who has served as executive director of the 128-year-old missions organization for the past 16 years. Wisdom-Martin, who will begin her new role on Oct. 15, was presented to the board by a search committee appointed in February following Lee’s announcement of her intentions to retire.

Prior to leading WMU of Texas since 2010, Wisdom-Martin served as women’s missions and ministries director for the Illinois Baptist State Association, 2001-2010; and as Cooperative Program Missionary with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, 1991-2001.

Personal Testimonies of BNF Nurses

Hear how BNF has changed the lives of nurses:

“As a former missionary nurse, I learned about BNF when I returned to the states. Georgia WMU asked me to serve as the camp nurse at a GA/Acteens camp, where I learned about and became a member of BNF. Georgia BNF taught me new ways to use my nursing skills and about the national BNF organization. 

“As a Christian professional nurses organization, BNF has made an impact on the lives of many nurses, and I pray the future brings even greater possibilities for nurses to serve in missions at home and around the world!”
—Wanda S. Lee

"I am not sure how I first learned of BNF, but I became a member about 20 years ago. Since that time, I have participated in various ministries, including screenings of state fair workers, first-aid stations for events, several missions trips, and a blessing of the hands ceremony. I am thankful for the rich heritage and persistent pioneers of BNF. May the faithful legacy of love, compassion, and dedication of service in Jesus’ name live on until He comes!”
—Deborah Kelly

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