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Agua Pura, Amor Puro

Este ministerio ayuda a los misioneros de la Convención Bautista del Sur con una básica necesidad física: el agua pura.

Muchas personas de los Estados Unidos damos por sentado el hecho de tener agua pura a nuestra disposición cuantas veces queramos. A cualquier hora podemos abrir la llave en nuestra cocina y sale agua pura y cristalina. Para muchos misioneros en otros países, es un desafío diario conseguir agua potable. Gastan mucho tiempo precioso en hervir el agua para poderla tomar y usar en la preparación de las comidas.

Agua Pura, Amor Puro se originó con la Unión Varonil nacional, pero se pasó a la UFM, CBS, en el 1997. El propósito de este ministerio es proveer un filtro de agua gratis a los misioneros con esa necesidad. Hay varios tipos de filtros disponibles, y se escoge el que mejor se adapta al lugar donde vive el misionero.

Se mandan esos filtros a los misioneros cuando están en su período de asignación en los Estados Unidos, o a los misioneros recién comisionados antes de salir del país. El tamaño del filtro lo facilita para que los misioneros lo llevan con sus otras pertenencias al país designado.

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Lottie Moon

Nacida en Virginia el 12 de diciembre de 1840, Charlotte Digges Moon creció a ser una mujer bien educada y culta. En el año 1873, durante un sermón en su iglesia, ella se dio cuenta de su llamado a China para testificar del evangelio. El 7 de julio de 1873 la Junta de Misiones Foráneas (ahora la Junta de Misiones Internacionales) de la Convención Bautista del Sur la nombró como misionera a China, y en el otoño de aquel año ella salió para Tengchow. Lottie pasó la mayoría de sus años misioneros en Tengchow y P’ingtu, donde enseñó en las escuelas misioneras y ministró a las mujeres. Eventualmente adoptó la ropa china y aprendió el idioma chino. Al sumergirse en la cultura china, Lottie ganó el respeto de muchas personas chinas y su obra misionera alcanzó a mucha gente para Cristo.

Annie Armstrong

Annie Walker Armstrong fue la primera secretaria correspondiente de la Unión Femenil Misionera. Nació el 11 de julio de 1850, en Baltimore, Maryland, de una familia prominente y activa en la vida bautista. Acompañó a su madre a las reuniones de la Misión de Mujer a Mujer, donde aprendió la importancia de dar para y orar por la obra misionera. Poseyendo un corazón para la obra misionera doméstica, Annie trabajó con indios americanos, inmigrantes, afroamericanos y niños. En 1882, ayudó a organizar la Sociedad Femenil Misionera Doméstica de Maryland. Fue la primera presidenta de esta sociedad.

También en otros estados la obra misionera había crecido entre las mujeres. Simultáneamente con la Convención de los Bautistas del Sur de 1888, las mujeres de 12 estados se reunieron el 14 de mayo en Richmond, Virginia, y formaron el Comité Ejecutivo de las Sociedades Femeniles Misioneras, Auxiliar a la Convención Bautista del Sur. Annie Armstrong fue elegida la secretaria correspondiente, un puesto equivalente a la directora ejecutiva de hoy. En 1890 se adoptó el nombre Unión Femenil Misionera.

Our Proactive Response Matters

The first week in December is a special time with the International Mission Study, prayer experiences during the Week of Prayer for International Missions, and giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering as highlights of the Christmas season for many of us.

This year, however, comes with a note of sadness. For the first time in many years, missionaries over the age of 50 with five years’ experience are being asked to consider voluntary retirement due to a financial shortage at the International Mission Board. This situation did not happen overnight. I’ve read many explanations and possible solutions such as a special offering or increased Cooperative Program giving so we can avoid bringing missionaries home. While both suggestions are good, it’s too late; retirement offers have been made and missionaries are making their decisions. The problem has existed for too long to find a quick solution. Ironically, the conclusion of the missionaries’ service will happen during December, the time we are all praying in earnest for them and the people they serve. It certainly adds a new dimension to our praying this year.

WMU Foundation

The WMU Foundation financially supports WMU and her ministry partners. The Foundation was established in 1995 under the leadership of the late Dr. Dellanna O’Brien, former executive director of national WMU. Over the past 20 years, the WMU Foundation has given more than $10.8 million in scholarships and grants to support missions and ministry around the world.

With more than 150 funds and endowments, the WMU Foundation offers a way for you to support your missions passion. Some areas include disaster relief, Christian missions and ministry, anti-trafficking efforts, and scholarships, just to name a few.

The WMU Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization from WMU, and is guided by a 17-member board of trustees.

To learn more about the WMU Foundation, or to give online, visit their website at wmufoundation.com


Our Mission

The mission of the WMU Foundation is to provide financial support for WMU, enabling donors to support Southern Baptist missions and ministry work through WMU.

Directions to National WMU

The National WMU Office is located in Birmingham, Alabama.

Street Address:  100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, AL 35242

WMU national headquarters building, Birmingham, Alabama

From 1-459, take Exit 19 (Highway 280). Go east on Highway 280 East (toward Childersburg). Travel 2.8 miles to the tenth traffic light. Turn left onto Brook Highland Parkway. (This traffic light is at the top of a sharp incline.) Within a few hundred feet, turn left again onto Missionary Ridge. The WMU Building is at the top of the mountain.

Christmas in August History

The first Christmas in August was a project of the Sunbeam Band of the First Baptist Church of Charlottesville, Virginia. The year was 1927.

Elizabeth Ellyson Wiley (Mrs. J. Hundley) was speaking in that church on her first furlough (now called stateside assignment). She and her husband served at the University of Shanghai in China. She spoke of her desire to witness to the illiterate women who worked as servants in the university community. She mentioned their children and her desire for these children to know the joy of Christmas. Mrs. Guy Via, who led the Sunbeam Band, asked if the children couldn’t send gifts. There were 100 gifts that first year, and a tree was set up in the university chapel. Christmas entertainment was given for the servants and their children.

Waiting for an Invitation

This month, both state and national WMU staff are gathering in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for a time of leadership development and missions training. The Western Regional Leadership Summit is the result of months of praying and thinking together about ways to increase missions awareness and involvement in churches in our western states. We are grateful for the support of Del Norte Baptist Church, New Mexico WMU, and convention staff and volunteers who so willingly agreed to host this first unique gathering of western missions leaders. I hope you are planning to join us!

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