National WMU

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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International Mission Study: Russia

International Mission Study Russia

IMS 2017: RUSSIA

The mention of Russia may conjure up images of Romanov royalty, cultural icons such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Dostoyevsky, or maybe a parade of dictators like Stalin, Lenin, or Khrushchev. What probably doesn't come to mind is Muslims.

However, Muslims are actually one of the indigenous peoples of Russia, their roots lying deep in the isolated villages of the Caucasus region, the mountain range separating Europe and Asia.

But besides those indigenous people, there has been a rebirth of Muslim influence in Russian cities in the past 25 years, as the crumbling of the Berlin Wall changed the relationship between Russia and the Central Asian republics. Now migrant workers from the South come in unprecedented numbers to work in the large cites. In fact, Moscow's Muslim population has grown from 1 million to 2.5 million in the last few years, making it the largest Muslim city in Europe.

New Hope Publishers

New Hope Publishers

New Hope Publishers provides inspiring books and Bible studies that challenge Christian believers to understand and be involved in the mission of God.

NewHopePublishers.com is an innovative Web venture from New Hope Publishers that provides readers and retailers with fresh, magazine-style content from top authors in multiple digital formats.

We’re about missional living. Our authors live it. Our readers live it. We connect it all in one interactive place. Contemporary issues, lively personalities in multiple digital formats: regularly updated podcasts, videos, columns, and articles. We want you to join the conversation!

From New York City to Calcutta, from Atlanta to Kiev, find timely, relevant stories, videos, and podcasts on the world of Christian missions from a source you can trust: NewHopePublishers.com.

Families on Mission

Secret word coloring page

Sharing God's love together is sure to ignite a lifelong passion for missions in your family! Use these resources at home to reinforce what preschoolers are learning at church. Talking about and praying for missionaries will spark creative ideas for helping others in your own community.  

WMU has developed resources that can help your family reach out to others.


Play and Learn October 2017

This month, Mission Friends are learning about Doc and Dee Douglas,* special workers with the Deaf. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas use sign language to teach Bible stories to both Deaf and hearing families around the world. They also work with others to translate Bible stories into sign language for Deaf communities.

Here are some ways to learn more about sign language and help the Douglases:

  1. Check out library books or videos about sign language. Learn simple signs for words like please, thank you, hello, and pray. Use them at home.

  2. Search online to find a sign language alphabet poster. Learn the signs for your child’s name. Practice the different letters.

Church Year Calendar

August 2017

September 2017

October 2017

November 2017

  • Baptist Women's World Day of Prayer (November 6)

December 2017

  • Week of Prayer and Mission Study for International Missions and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (December 3–10)
  • Observance of Week of Prayer for International Missions, National WMU, Birmingham, Alabama (December 7)

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