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  • Ruba Abbassi named O'Brien Award recipient

    by Grace Thornton, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (25 days ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS, Texas (BP) -- Ruba Abbassi, CEO of the Jordan-based ministry Arab Woman Today (AWT), is the recipient of this year's Dellanna West O'Brien Award for Women's Leadership Development.

    Abbassi was honored during national Woman's Missionary Union's annual missions celebration June 10 in Dallas. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, June 12-13.

    The O'Brien Award, named in honor of former WMU executive director Dellanna West O'Brien, has been given annually since 1998 to recognize Baptist women who lead well and foster leadership potential in others. Read More

  • Refugee simulation brings 'chaos' to life

    by Myriah Snyder, posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (26 days ago)

    Photo by Myriah Snyder
    DALLAS (BP) -- Personal belongings are confiscated, and a participant is stripped of his or her individuality. They become a number. Government workers with stern faces instruct them to face forward. No talking. They're ushered through a curtain and instructed to write down the names of four loved ones. These are the people they may take with them. No further instruction is given.

    During this refugee camp simulation, participants are to grab three items from buckets. They haven't been told why. No one tells them where they're going. Harshly, they're ushered from station to station. A guard with a military uniform and a bat is speaking a foreign language. One participant starts to ask questions. She's taken away from the group. At the medical station, they're checked for lice. At the food station they're informed they must eat. They may not have another chance to for days. Read More

  • WMU: Great Commission at center of all we do

    by Julie Walters, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS (BP) -- Linda Cooper, president of national WMU, opened the report of Woman's Missionary Union to Southern Baptist Convention messengers Thursday (June 13) citing findings by the Barna Group. In a March 2018 study, Barna found 51 percent of church goers have never heard the words "the Great Commission." Another 25 percent have heard the words but can't recall the exact meaning, and 6 percent are not sure if they have heard the words.

    "This leaves only 17 percent of church goers who have heard the words and know their meaning," Cooper said. "How is that possible? The Great Commission is our great mandate and it is at the center of all we teach, promote and do, making disciples of Jesus who live on mission." Read More

  • Testimonies of faith, courage saturate WMU meeting

    by Barbara Denman, posted Tuesday, June 12, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS (BP) -- Kempton Turner grew up in gang- and crack-infested neighborhoods in East St. Louis, Ill. Destined to follow his parents' lifestyle of addiction, during a wild and wanton trip to New Orleans' Mardi Gras, Kempton was approached by a couple who shared the life-changing gospel with him. At that moment, "The Lord revealed Himself to me," Kempton said, sending the young man on an unshakable pursuit of his faith.

    Now as North American Mission Board church planters, Kempton and his wife Caryn are planting their lives on the same East St. Louis streets he once prowled for easy fixes. Through the City of Joy church, the Turners and their five children are making inroads for Christ by helping neighbors rehab homes and learn job skills, bringing hope to the devastated community with little hope. Read More

  • God's 'Unshakable Pursuit' frames WMU opening sessions

    by Myriah Snyder, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS (BP) -- More than 400 people gathered for the opening sessions of the 2018 Woman's Missionary Union Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration on June 10 in Dallas.

    The 2018 theme for WMU is "Unshakable Pursuit." The first session, themed "The Unshakable Pursuit of Fun," was held in a casual ranch-style events center and included a barbecue dinner. WMU President Linda Cooper gave the first part of her president's address from the back of a life-sized fake horse. Throughout the evening, she told attendees of ministries in which state WMUs are involved. Read More

  • WMU Missions Celebration inspires 'Unshakable Pursuit' of Christ

    by Julie Walters, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (2 months ago)

    BP file photo by Matt Jones
    DALLAS(BP) -- An 'Unshakable Pursuit' to know Christ more, show His love unconditionally, and make disciples who make disciples will be the theme unpacked during two days of general sessions, conferences and missions experiences during Woman's Missionary Union's Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, June 10–11.

    "We believe you will laugh, learn and experience nourishment for your soul," said Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director-treasurer of national WMU. "As you are captivated by the stories of God's work in the world, you will be drawn closer to His side and renew your commitment to His mission. Join us on this incredible journey to experience a movement of God bringing hope to the hopeless." Read More

  • SBC DIGEST: WMU aids Nicaraguan safe house; BGR clean water campaign underway; Point of Grace's 2nd LifeWay album released

    by BP Staff, posted Tuesday, April 03, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- After Tropical Storm Nate pummeled a safe house for girls in Nicaragua, a HEART Fund grant (Humanitarian Emergency Aid for Rebuilding Tomorrow) is helping the ministry in offering crisis care to its neighbors.

    The $2,500 gift from the WMU Foundation couldn't have come at a better time, said Landa Carnes, a missionary serving at Emmanuel Home of Protection, a ministry of Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International. Read More

  • WorldCrafts to aid Baptist foster care ministries

    by Robin McCall, posted Tuesday, February 06, 2018 (5 months ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.(BP) -- WorldCrafts, the global fair trade division of Woman's Missionary Union (WMU), has launched an initiative to support the work of the Baptist Coalition for Children and Families, encompassing Baptist children's ministries in 19 states.

    Through the initiative, churches or individuals can support at-risk children in foster care while also providing life-sustaining work for overseas artisans and their families affiliated with WorldCrafts in 24 countries.

    Currently more than 430,000 children are in foster care in the United States alone, according to Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System within the Department of Health and Human Services. Baptist children and family ministries serve this population through Christ-centered care and resources to protect foster children and to reunify families. Read More

  • LifeWay, WMU commit to helping Houston-area churches recover

    by Staff, posted Friday, September 01, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey to Houston-area churches, LifeWay Christian Resources and Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) were among those this week offering support through the recovery process.

    LifeWay announced Friday (Sept. 1) the organization is preparing to send Bibles and resources to the Houston area. And National Woman's Missionary Union and the WMU Foundation have announced they will assist hurricane victims with a $5,000 HEART (Humanitarian Emergency Aid for Rebuilding Tomorrow) Fund grant. Read More