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.

WMU is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, that offers a vast array of missions resources including curriculum for age-level organizations in churches, volunteer opportunities, conferences, leadership training, ministry ideas and models, books, and much more. To financially support our ministry, we operate three lines of business: WMU missions education resources, WorldCrafts, and New Hope Publishers.

WMU Missions Education Resources

The main purpose of WMU is to educate and involve preschoolers, children, students, and adults in the cause of Christian missions. WMU supports the following organizations through age-appropriate magazines and/or products:


WorldCrafts is a nonprofit, fair-trade ministry of WMU which imports and markets unique handmade gifts in the United States from more than 25 countries on 5 continents. Begun in 1996, WorldCrafts works with artisans and develops their businesses according to Fair Trade Federation guidelines.

This ministry provides a microenterprise opportunity that helps local contacts cross cultural boundaries as they establish relationships with local communities and people groups by helping to alleviate poverty. Some crafts are made in very small villages where the money earned goes toward creating a better living environment for the artisans, and in some cases, for the whole village.

New Hope Publishers

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.

“New Hope authors are making an impact for Christ, and through NewHopePublishers.com, readers and retailers will be able to read, listen, watch, and interact with them regarding relevant, contemporary issues all in one place,” says publisher Judy Patterson. “We are praying that our unique approach will be transformational in the lives of believers and will be a tool that retailers can use to connect their customers to the books that will be most helpful in their spiritual journeys.”

How to Get Involved

There are many ways lives are changed—and you can help change the lives of others—through WMU. Need some help in getting started? Here are some suggestions: 

  • Join or lead a WMU age-level missions organization in your church.
  • Don’t have WMU in your church? What a great opportunity to begin a Mission Friends, Girls in Action, or Women on Mission organization! Click here to download free starter packs. Curriculum is available for every age group, and new organizations can enjoy discounted curriculum materials for the first year (contact your state WMU office for details).
  • Get involved in WMU hands-on ministries where opportunities to serve others abound! Experience missions first-hand during Familyfest; mentor a Christian Women’s Job Corps participant; or host a WorldCrafts party.
  • Shop wmustore.com for quality missions resources from WMU, Bible studies and inspiring books from New Hope Publishers, and unique, hand-crafted items from WorldCrafts. National WMU is supported through the sale of magazines and products, so your purchase from WMU directly helps to support our mission.
  • Give to the WMU Foundation. Established in 1995, the WMU Foundation exists to support the mission and ministries of WMU. With more than 125 different funds and endowments held by the Foundation, you are sure to find precisely the way you want to support missions through WMU.

Contact Us

Main Office: (205) 991-8100
Customer Service: 1-800-968-7301
General Email: email@wmu.org
Mailing Address:
Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU)
P.O. Box 830010
Birmingham, AL 35283-0010

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