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  • Diaper Lady & Diaper Man aid moms & families in Ky.

    by Trennis Henderson, posted Thursday, December 20, 2018 (27 days ago)

    WMU photo by Pam Henderson
    JENKINS, Ky. (BP) -- Bessie and Lester McPeek are known throughout eastern Kentucky as the Diaper Lady and Diaper Man. They wouldn't want it any other way.

    The McPeeks, married for 24 years, started a unique diaper distribution and parent education ministry in Jenkins, Ky., in 2001. Since then, they have given away more than 2 million diapers to single moms, unemployed families and others in the economically troubled region who are struggling to make ends meet.

    As the area's once-thriving coal mines have gone out of business over the years, many ... Read More

  • Dining room table: where her missions passion began

    by Trennis Henderson, posted Tuesday, December 18, 2018 (29 days ago)

    Photo by Pam Henderson/WMU
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- "I learned missions at my dining room table," Joy Bolton often has said, recounting that "my mother and dad were passionate about missions."

    Not surprisingly, Bolton has been a missions leader, participant and advocate throughout her ministry career. Following her recent retirement as executive director of Kentucky Woman's Missionary Union after 19-plus years, she will serve in a volunteer consulting role with national WMU as lead strategist for churchwide and associational WMU.

    Bolton's WMU career harkens back to the summer of 1978 when she served as national WMU's first summer intern after graduating from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More

  • Cancer fails to derail her work with hurting people

    by Trennis Henderson, posted Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (2 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Since being diagnosed with cancer in 2010, a key question Becky Ellison seeks to live by is: "If I had one more minute and I wanted to live it like God wanted me to live it, what would that look like?"

    For Ellison, part of that answer involves those who lead two key ministries to hurting people across Texas -- Christian Women's Job Corps and Christian Men's Job Corps.

    Ellison, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from Baylor University, has been involved in CWJC/CMJC ministries for 14 years. She began serving as a contract consultant with Woman's Missionary Union of Texas in 2008. Six years later -- and four years after her diagnosis -- she was invited to serve as the state WMU's full-time CWJC/CMJC strategist, consulting with 56 ministry sites throughout Texas. Read More

  • Nursing fellowship, at 35th anniv., elects new leader

    by Trennis Henderson, WMU National Correspondent, posted Friday, September 14, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Pam Henderson/WMU
    TALLADEGA, Ala. (BP) -- Launching a new era of leadership while celebrating 35 years of ministry, Baptist Nursing Fellowship has elected Lori Spikes as the new BNF executive director.

    Spikes, a longtime Southern Baptist International Mission Board missionary to Chile, is a registered nurse with 40 years of experience in various settings. She currently serves as a volunteer triage nurse at Mission First, a primary care clinic for low-income uninsured individuals and families in Jackson, Miss.

    Baptist Nursing Fellowship, a ministry partner with national WMU (Woman's Missionary Union), was established in 1983. It provides continuing education, missions opportunities and fellowship for Baptist nurses serving in the U.S. and on mission fields around the world. Read More

  • Christian Women's Job Corps grad comes full circle

    by Trennis Henderson, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Submitted photo
    TALLADEGA, Ala. (BP) -- When Margaret Roland talks about the life-changing impact of Christian Women's Job Corps, she speaks from personal experience.

    Roland, a CWJC site coordinator in Florence, Ala., previously was a CWJC participant seeking to gain practical skills to better equip her for life.

    She was among more than 130 women and men who gathered for training and fellowship at the Aug. 1-3 Christian Women's Job Corps/Christian Men's Job Corps National Meeting hosted by national WMU (Woman's Missionary Union) at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega, Ala. Read More

  • South African: CWJC is 'roadmap' for helping people

    by Trennis Henderson/WMU national correspondent, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (4 months ago)

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (BP) -- Why travel from South Africa to attend a ministry training conference in Alabama? For Patricia Ihlenfeldt, the answer is succinct: "to be encouraged and refocused and reenergized."

    Ihlenfeldt, from the Baptist Union of Southern Africa, is director of its Women's Department. She was among 130-plus leaders and staff members at 2018 Christian Women's Job Corps/Christian Men's Job Corps National Meeting at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega, Ala. Read More

  • On the road for missions: Hendersons share WMU story

    by Caleb Yarbrough/Arkansas Baptist News , posted Wednesday, August 08, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Photo by Caleb Yarbrough
    ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (BP) -- The rumble of the on-board generator lent a muffled, but noticeable, undertone as Trennis and Pam Henderson gave a tour of their new home.

    Outfitted with all the modern comforts and conveniences expected in a 21st century home -- if not in somewhat smaller proportions -- the Hendersons' new home is a 24-foot-long Winnebago RV.

    Since Aug. 1, the couple has been taking their RV across the country, working together to share the stories of Woman's Missionary Union's (WMU) various ministries with a new generation of Southern Baptists. See related Baptist Press story.

    Trennis now serves as WMU's national correspondent, and Pam will conduct administrative and production services, including planning their itineraries and taking photographs. A former editor of the Arkansas Baptist News, Trennis has served as vice president for communications at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia since 2008. Read More

  • Ruba Abbassi named O'Brien Award recipient

    by Grace Thornton, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (7 months 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 (7 months 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 (7 months 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