WMU (Woman's Missionary Union)
This month I want to share with you some reflections of my trip to Baltimore, Maryland for the “finale” of the 125th Anniversary of Woman’s Mission Union. My journey with WMU began early as I attended mission “circle” meetings with my mother. I have heard the names of Annie Armstrong and Lottie Moon as far back as my mind can remember. These women and others of their day met many
challenges as they followed the Lord’s leading to organize women to work together so that the Good News of Jesus could be shared locally and in other countries through their deeds and words.
As I visited the gravesites of these two women, I was challenged anew to “Go Forward”, with God’s help, with mission education for all ages and mission support through prayer and offerings for the men and women serving through our North American and International Mission Boards. I feel so blessed to be a Southern Baptist and a member of Woman’s Missionary Union.
The most inspiring and heart warming time of the trip was the Sunday Afternoon Commissioning Service for NAMB and IMB Missionaries. The Parade of Flags, while singing We’ve a Story to Tell, and torches carried by state WMU Presidents, was very touching. I felt humbled as I considered the fact that I am part of God’s work around the world through the people serving in the areas represented by the various flags. Wanda Lee, National WMU Executive Director, gave the Welcome and Introductions for this Worship Service. She shared that much planning had been given to this special time of “sending out” women and men who had felt God calling them to GO as full-time representatives for Christ to areas of the United States and Nations. For the first time in 25 years, leaders from the IMB, NAMB and WMU were able to plan this joint Commissioning Service. Ninety-six new missionaries gave a personal testimony of how God had spoken to them about joining Him in His work to tell the story of His love to the peoples of the world. Charge to Missionaries was given by Tom Elliff, current IMB President. Debby Akerman, National WMU President, offered a Prayer for the Missionaries. Charge to the Church was given by Kevin Ezell, current NAMB President. Special music was presented by Native Praise, choral group of women from Oklahoma who represented 15 different Native American Indian tribes. What a glorious time of worship and praise!!
The Monday morning WMU Missions Celebration “ GO FORWARD” celebrated our Past with a monologue by Rosalie Hunt, Recording Secretary, National WMU, on the life of Annie Armstrong. National Acteens Panelists gave testimonies to Celebrate our Future. Missionary testimonies were given by “J & K” serving in Central Asia and Taylor and Susan Field serving in New York. The Monday evening
Celebration included a testimony from Beatrice Zoma, President of the Union of Baptist Co-laborers for Christ in Burkina Faso. An offering of $10,025.93 was received to support WMU ministries.
Baltimore is full of “history” for Baptists as well as Americans. The trip was one that will hold a special place in my heart for years to come. A quote from Annie Armstrong, 1903: “Let us ‘Go Forward’ into the new year with faith strengthened by a glimpse into our past God-directed history; with courage strong to bear the burdens of today, knowing that Christ is with us ‘all the days’; and with hopes high because we are part of that plan of the ages which shall sooner or later usher in the kingdom of our Lord.”
May we as Union Baptist women ‘Go Forward’ with faith, strength and determination as we look to God for direction and guidance!
Brenda Carter, UBA WMU Director
Standing Up For Christ in the Midst of Change
Women's Prayer & Evangelism Conference
September 5-6, 2014
LifeWay's Ridgecrest Conference Center
"…and he was with them, moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord…" Acts 9:28
Rates: (3 meals and lodging included)
$30 individual deposit required
4 persons per room - $623.00 ($155.75 each)
3 persons per room - $481.00 ($160.33 each)
2 persons per room - $339.00 ($169.50 each)
1 person per room - $207.00
Registration Deadline: Friday, August 29, 2014
To register call (800) 588-7222 or register online.
1:30 p.m. Prayer Room Commissioning
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Plenary Session 1
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Breakout Session 1
4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Breakout Session 2
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner in Dining Hall
6:45 p.m. Plenary Session 2
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Plenary Session 3
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Plenary Session 4
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Breakout Session 3
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Breakout Session 4
2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Plenary Session 5
Assistant Professor, Houston Baptist University
Mary Jo Sharp is a former atheist from the pacific northwest who thought religion was for the weak-minded. She now holds a masters in Christian apologetics from Biola University and is the first woman to become a certified apologetics instructor through the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Mary Jo is an assistant professor at Houston Baptist University, on faculty with Summit Ministries, an author with Kregel Publications and B&H Publications, and has recently produced a new DVD Bible Study with LifeWay Resources. A clear communicator with a heart for people, she finds great joy in sharing the deep truths of her Lord and Savior. She administrates the website, Confident Christianity, and has engaged in two formal, public debates with Muslims.
Leader, BeDoTell Girls’ Band
Ashley grew up in Lenoir, North Carolina, where she resides and works as a worship leader. She attended CCC&TI and graduated with an associates' degree in Fine Arts of Music Performance and Education. She has served on the BeDoTell team for six summers leading worship at Camp Caswell.
Ten Reasons for Adults on Mission
- Provides a way for men, women and couples to serve together to meet the needs of the unchurched.
- Encourages project-based, active learning opportunities for those typically not interested in a meeting format.
- Has a flexible team format that can be shaped around the interests of those involved rather than around a formal organizational structure.
- Creates a purpose-driven environment that helps Christians fulfill the outward focus of the Great Commission.
- Teaches adults the biblical reasons for reaching out to non-Christians down the street and around the world.
- Makes a personal connection from your church to individual missionaries your church supports through your state missions offering, the Cooperative Program, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® for International Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® for North American missions.
- Helps the local church understand its role in the larger missions enterprise of national organizations, missions-sending agencies and God's global mission.
- Instills an evangelistic spirit through hands on ministry to those without Christ.
- Strengthens the concept of being the church outside the church walls to people who previously may not have understood the church's purpose that way.
- Increases giving to missions and praying for missions as a result of hands-on missions involvement, helping individual Christians to link their mind with their hearts through the work of their hands.
—Debra Berry Associational Leader Tool: 2012-2013 WMU®2012
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52nd NC MINISTERS' WIVES RETREAT
July 14-16, 2014
Theme: "Are You Still Amazed?"
Scripture: Eph. 2: 4-7
Bible Study Leader: Donna Millsaps
Double Occupancy=$156 per person
Single Occupancy=$182 per person
Retreat Chair: Becky Blakely, Lenoir, NC (828-757-0878)
Vice-Chair: Donna Burnop, Newland, NC (828-733-1692) and
Talitha Gwaltney, Hiddenite, NC
Send reservations to: Gina Powell, 892 Rockcliff Terrace,
Asheboro, NC 27205
WE ALL NEED RETREAT!
July 14-19, 2014
Red Springs, NC
YOU are invited to participate in MissionsCAROLINA, a mission trip offering missions opportunities for men, women, individuals and families and Youth Groups (completed 5th grade and older).
Types of Ministries:
- Light construction/painting/landscaping
- Prayerwalking/Backyard Bible Club/Face painting/Balloon animals/crafts
- Pregnancy Care Center
- Servant Ministries
- Ministry to mothers/newborns
- Ministry to seniors
(Lodging costs are not included in the registration fee. See registration packet for more conplete lodging information.)
- Red Springs Mission Camp, Red Springs, NC - includes lodging and meals ($25/day/person)
- Optional Lodging - Fairfield Inn-Lumberton, NC
Registration Fee: Adults & Youth (completed 5th grade & older)-$50
Click here for MissionsCAROLINA registration packets or contact Richard and Delores Thomas at MCAROLINA@wmunc.org or 704-272-7230. MissionsCAROLINA is sponsored by WMU NC.
Carolina girls is dynamic retreat where Acteens and teen girls can hear firsthand missionary stories and attend special interest conferences, participate in hands on mission action projects, worship through inspiring music and see powerful dramas. Details about future Carolina Girls events will be posted here as they become available. Be looking for information in Tarheel Talk, too!
Carolina Girls 2014 will be October 17-19, 2014 in Charlotte, NC!
Click here for the flyer.
|MILITARY WIVES RETREAT
OCTOBER 25-26, 2014
Camp Mundo Vista
We NEED YOUR HELP inviting military wives to a retreat planned just for them. This is a first for WMU NC and we hope it will be the beginning of many more retreats for Women of the Military. Please let the military wives in your church and association know about the retreat and have them call our office or visit our website for additional information and to register. We welcome scholarships for the wives to attend. If you or your missions group at church would like to provide a scholarship for a military wife to come, please send $65 to our office marked for the Military Wives Retreat and we will use those funds to help subsidize a military wife's cost of the retreat. For additional information please contact Margaret Harding at firstname.lastname@example.org. PLEASE HELP US GET THE WORD OUT TO MILITARY WIVES......
Great News! Online Training Courses have been updated to coordinate with the New Guides.
You can access training for:
♦Girls in Action
♦Children in Action
♦Youth on Mission
♦Women on Mission
♦Adults on Mission
♦Blending Women on Mission and Women's Ministry
Go to www.wmunc.org and select Learning from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Online Training is one of the options and then you can register for and complete the course(s) of your choice. Questions, contact
Woman's Missionary Union of North Carolina is a missions organization whose purpose is to challenge, prepare and equip Christian believers to be radically involved in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
-taken from the Fall 2012 Tarheel Talk
Union Baptist Association
2013-2014 WMU Team Leaders
WMU Director Brenda Carter, Hermon
WOM Consultant Pat Haigler, Centerview
Acteen Stephanie Smith, Oak Grove
Girls in Action Crystal Rowell, Philadelphia
Mission Friends Shirley Davis, Mt. Pleasant
Mary Blair Scholarship Team:
Sandra Thomas(2014) Mill Creek
Niki Myers (2015) Oak Grove
Brooke Garrison(2016) Shiloh
Mary Evans(2014) 704-843-2710 Oak Grove
Erin Helms(2015) 704-764-3788 Sandy Ridge
Carson Helms(2016) 704-764-7495 Sandy Ridge
Group 1 Rhonda Long, Austin Grove
Group 2 Ann Dora Rollins, Mountain Springs
Group 3 Elizabeth Starnes, Hopewell
Group 4 Ann Williams, Macedonia
Group 5 Teresa Rape, Mary Elizabeth
Group 6 Joyce Cox, Hillcrest
Group 7 Zana Fogarty, First Weddington
WMU Calendar Dates
23-27 Girls Mission Week (Grades 4-6)
Teen Girls Mission Week (Grades 7-12)
23-27 CBF General Assembly, Atlanta GA
29-July 2 Angel Tree Camp
4 WMU NC Office closed for Independence Day
7-9 Mother/Daughter Mini Camp (Grades 1-3)
9-11 Mother/Daughter Mini Camp (Grades 1-6)
14-18 Girls Mission Week (Grades 4-6)
14-19 MissionsCAROLINA, Red Springs
21-25 Girls Mission Week (Grades 4-6)
Teen Girls Mission Week (Grades 7-12)
28-30 Mother/Teen Daughter Mini Camp
Girls Mission Mini Camp (Grades 3-6)
Girls Mission Week (Grades 4-6)
5-8 CWJC Level I and Level II National Certification Training, Thomasville
1 WMU NC Offcie closed for Labor Day
19-20 WMU Executive Board Meeting, CMV
11 Children's Missons Day, CMV
17-19 Carolina Girls, University Hills, Charlotte
18-25 Habitat Women Build, Forsyth County
25-26 Military Wives Retreat, CMV
3 Baptist Women World Day of Prayer
30-Dec 7 International Missions Emphasis
24-25 WMU NC Office closed for Christmas
1 WMU NC Office closed for New Year's Day
16-17 WMU NC Executive Board Meeting, CMV
9-15 WMU NC Heck-Jones Offering and Week of Prayer
9-15 Focus on WMU
14 Chilsren's Ministry Day
1-8 North American Missions Emphasis & Annie
Armstrong Easter Offering
17-18 Missions Extravangza
18 WMU NC Office Closed for Easter
15-16 WMU NC Executive Board, CMV
25 WMU NC Office closed for Memorial Day
14-15 WMU Annual Meeting & Missions Celebration,
4 WMU NC Office closed for Independence Day Holiday
22-26 21st Baptist World Alliance World Congress,
Durban, South Africa
The missions & ministries of WMU NC include...
- Restorative Justice (prison) Ministry
- Camp Angel Tree
- NC Baptist Nursing Fellowship
- Camp Mundo Vista
- Minister's Spouses Support
- Military Ministry
- Multicultural Ministries
- Missions Training and Mission Leader Training
- NC Christian Women's Job Corps/Christian Men's Job Corps
- Missions Partnerships
- Missions Organization Start Up
- Missions Organization Support - our staff and Resource Team are available to coach, train and encourage churches, leaders and individuals interested in doing missions through any of our organizations or blending our material with other activities or groups' materials.
- Promotion of Missions Awareness - we promote missions awareness through our organizations, events, partnerships, publications and website as well as WMU curriculum and other materials; our staff, Resource Team and others also frequently speak at church, association and other events.
- Missionary Start Up - a monetary gift is given to each NC native missionary entering into full-time service with the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board or Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Global Missions.
- Short-term Missions Volunteers - financial assistance is provided, as funds allow, to those who feel called to serve Christ through short-term mission trips.
And much, much more!
In a few months we will begin a new Project HELP emphasis. You will receive more details later but we need to begin thinking about how we can promote our new emphasis — Project HELP: PTSD.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
What is PTSD? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. A traumatic event is something terrible and scary that you see, hear about or that happens to you, for example:
♦ Compat exposure
♦ Child sexual or physical abuse
♦ Terrorist attack
♦ Sexual or physical assault
♦ Serious accidents, like a car wreck
♦ Natural disasters, like a fire, tornado, hurricane, flood or
What are the symptoms of PTSD? PTSD symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event, but they may not appear until months or years later. They also may come and go over many years.
♦ Reliving the event – You may have bad memories or
nightmares. You even may feel like you're going through
the event again. This is called a flashback.
♦ Avoiding situations that remind you of the event – You
may try to avoid situations or people that trigger
memories of the traumatic event. You may even avoid
talking or thinking about the event.
♦ Negative changes in beliefs and feelings — The way you
think about yourself and others may change because of
the trama. You may feel fear, guilt or shame. Or, you
may not be interested in activities you used to enjoy.
This is another way to avoid memories.
♦ Feeling keyed up — You may be jittery, or always alert
and on the lookout for danger. Or, you may have trouble
concentrating or sleeping.
Can children have PTSD? Children can have PTSD too. They may have symptoms described above or other symptoms depending on how old they are. As children get older, their symptoms are more like those of adults. Here are some examples of PTSD symptoms in children:
♦ Birth to 6 may get upset if their parents are not close by,
have trouble sleeping or suddenly have trouble with
toilet training or going to the bathroom.
♦ Age 7 to 11 may act out the trauma through play, drawings or stories. Some have nightmares or become
more irritable or aggressive. They may also want to
avoid school or have trouble with schoolwork or friends.
♦ Age 12 to 18 have symptoms more similar to adults:
depression, anxiety, withdrawal or reckless behavior like
substance abuse or running away.
Women and PTSD
More than half of all women will experience at least one traumatic event in their life. Women are more likely to be neglected or abused in childhood, to experience domestic
violence or to have a loved one suddenly die.
♦ Women are more likely to be jumpy, to have more
trouble feeling emotions and to avoid things that remind
them of the trauma than men. Men are more likely to feel angry and to have trouble controlling their anger
♦ Women with PTSD are more likely to feel depressed and
anxious, while men with PTSD are more likely to have
problems with alcohol or drugs.
♦ Both women and men who experience PTSD may develop
physical health problems.
National PTSD Awareness Day
June 27, 2014
(Information from National Center for PTSD website:
Be One in a Million
Join other women in efforts to pray down the production and use of pornography among men (and women) in our communities and churches. Perhaps you recognize pornography as one of the issues of Project HELP: Human Exploitation. In this fourth year of addressing human exploitation, we can pray for those who need to be free of this addiction and help them find the spiritual disciplines to overcome. WMU® is sponsoring the One Million Women Praying movement. You can participate by signing your name on the prayer wall at Join1MillionMen.org.
WMU CORE VALUES
We believe that Jesus Christ, Son of God, gave His life a sacrifice for the salvation of all people of the world, fulfilling God's plan for the ages as revealed in the Bible, God's Holy Word.
We embrace the strategic role of prayer and giving for missionaries and missions needs.
We recognize the role of family in discipleship and missions development.
We recognize the giftedness of women and girls and accept the responsibility to help them use their gifts in serving Christ.
We accept the responsibility for nuturing preschoolers, children, youth and adults in missions.
We accept the responsibility for developing and equipping missions leaders.
We accept the biblical mandate to respond to human need with actions modeled by Jesus Christ and with the message of God's redemptive plan.
We partner with other Great Commission Christians to lead a lost world to Christ.
We uphold the foundational principles of the priesthood of every believer and the autonomy and uniqueness of each local church in carrying out the Great Commission.
WMU AREAS OF MISSIONS FOCUS
Learn About Missions
Pray for Missions
Engage in Mission Action and Witnessing
Develop Spiritually Toward a Missions Lifestyle
Participate in the Work of the Church and Denomination
ASSOCIATIONAL WMU OBJECTIVES
Develop and strengthen WMU in all congregations
Nuture a missions environment in the churches and association
Equip churches to provide missions
awareness and involvement
Provide and participate in associational
mission activities and projects
The websites of WMU NC and national WMU have helpful information for leaders and members of WMU.
Specific Information for North Carolina
- Calendar of events
- Registration form and information on upcoming events
- Poverty simulation
- Habitat for Humanity Women Build
- Training Events
- Missions Extravaganza
- Summer Camp at Camp Mundo Vista
- Registration forms
- Health forms
- Instructions for parents
- Directions to camp
- Online order forms
- Lottie Moon Christmas Offering materials
- Annie Armstrong Easter Offering materials
- Heck-Jones Offering materials
- Free Materials
- Member's Connection
- Intended to connect members through prayer, mentoring, encouragement, idea sharing and partnerships
- Prayer requests, question and answer forums
- Opportunity banks for mission projects and events
Provides Information Specifically Related to National WMU
- Missions leader resource information
- WMU logos, age-level logos, clip art
- Bulletin board ideas
- Ideas for celebrating WMU history in your church
- Free downloads
- Dramas and monologues
- White Bible ceremonies
- WMU Promotional videos
- WMU News
- National leadership training opportunities
- Volunteer connection
Want to be a Better Leader?
Consider the Christian Women in Leadership Certification that is a joint partnership with WMU North Carolina and Campbell University Divinity School. This certification is designed for women leaders in churches to discover their God-given gifts and use those gifts in His service. Students in degree programs at the divinity school are also participating.
The following is a testimony from a current participant who is a WMU leader in her church:
"Thank you for organizing this opportunity for me to participate in the Christian Women in Leadership Certification. I am enjoying the classes and learning so much. Everything I am learning I am able to use everyday in the ministries I am involved in as well as in my daytime job. I can't wait to see where God will lead me once I complete the certification."
Professional Women's Leadership Network
The focus of this unique venture is on helping women who may or may not already be involved in WMU to discover their God-given gifts and use them in missions and ministry.
This group includes professional women such as attorneys/judges, physicans, professors/deans, corporate executives, etc. - in other words, Christian women who are very busy, but want to discover how they can use their gifts and skills in missions and ministry. A group of these women is in place to make plans for future events, missions projects and networking.
If your profession places you in one of the categories mentioned above, please send your name and contact information to the WMU office at email@example.com and you will begin receiving updates and information.
Be watching this website and Tarheel Talk for upcoming events such as luncheons and brunches with a hands-on mission project included in the day. If you are not on the Tarheel Talk mailing list, please click here to fill out the form to request to be added, and, you may also download a flyer.
Operation Christmas Child
Announcing…Operation Christmas Child’s WMU & Baptist Men’s Day
Come help us make a difference in the lives of children around the world!
When? November 21 - December 14, 2014
Where? Charlotte Processing Center
How can I reserve my spot? You should call Operation Christmas Child directly to volunteer. Be sure to call early, as spaces are limited to a first come, first served basis! The first day to schedule volunteering for Operation Christmas Child is August 5, so call on or close to that date to get on the schedule.
Operation Christmas Child