Celebrating WMU Missions

Nothing is more inspiring and encouraging than a room full of like-minded women who are passionate and excited to serve God. It gets your heart pumping! That is how I felt attending the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting in Saint Louis, Missouri, in June 2016.

As a state WMU leader, I am always looking for workshops, ideas, and content that can be recreated in our churches, associations, and state WMU annual meeting. National WMU is always there with an encouraging word and prayer support. The national staff encourages us to realize the goals of informing churches of the necessity of missions education. As state WMU executive directors, state WMU presidents, and church and associational WMU leaders gather from across the country, we are reminded of social issues that are affecting our society today, such as human trafficking, pornography, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

National WMU researches and brings together tools and resources that help me as a state leader to address these issues. As I realized the scope of these issues, I felt compelled to spread the tools and resources to Baptist Convention of New York churches. Many church leaders have been awakened and gained insight into these social issues and what is happening around them.

With knowledge has come power. And it all started by going to the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting. Now our churches not only have become aware but also are gathering together and helping those who need help. And Raleigh Sadler just launched a new organization in New York City—Let My People Go—to empower the local church to fight human trafficking by loving those most vulnerable.

Cathy Meyer has been executive director, New York WMU, for the past 10 years.

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