How to Say “WMU Appreciates You” to Your Missions Leaders

woman's hands with a thank-you note

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” That’s how Paul began his letter to the church at Philippi. It’s a good model to follow when it comes to your church’s missions leaders. And as Paul did, let them know you appreciate them.

Send a letter (preferably handwritten). Take the time to be specific with your thanks, pointing out qualities or actions you find admirable. Or try one of the following ideas to show your gratitude.

Give a Gift

Remember gifts don’t have to be big or expensive, but they should be meaningful. Give candy, a basket of mini muffins, or a gift card. Or consider purchasing handcrafted WorldCrafts items and helping this WMU compassion ministry to fulfill its vision of offering an income with dignity and the hope of everlasting life to impoverished artisans around the world. WorldCrafts has 100 gifts under $30, ranging from jewelry to home decor. Visit to find gift ideas for women and men. And don’t forget to download a free card to go with your gift.

Encourage leaders to continue growing not only in their leadership skills but also in their relationship with God. Purchase a gift subscription for any leader who isn’t already getting Missions Mosaic. Or check out New Hope Publishers’ offerings in several categories: leadership, missions, prayer, Bible studies, devotional, and Christian living, just to name a few. You can even buy some titles (like On the Journey by Sandy Wisdom-Martin and Linda C. Cooper) by the case and receive a discount. Whatever book you choose for your leaders, write an encouraging note or prayer inside the front cover.

Make a Donation

Honor your leaders by giving in their name to the WMU Foundation. Find funds and endowments that align with their particular missions passion. For instance, give to the Marjorie McCullough Girls in Action endowment to honor your GA leaders. Or purchase a brick in the Walk of Faith prayer garden at the WMU building in Birmingham, Alabama, for a longtime leader or your church WMU.

Give a small amount in each leader’s name to a special offering like the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions or the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions or a special fund in your church.

Create a Scrapbook

Ask members of a missions group to contribute pictures, cards, letters, or prayers for a scrapbook for their leader. Encourage them to keep the scrapbook a surprise until you are ready to present it to the leader. Present scrapbooks to leaders during your church’s Focus on WMU celebration or a recognition service at the end of the church year.

Host a Luncheon

Get your entire church involved in celebrating the work of missions leaders by planning a luncheon after Sunday morning worship. Plan a light lunch menu and ask members of missions groups (or their parents) to sign up to bring food items or contribute to a fund to have the event catered. Introduce the leaders and present them with a small gift, card, or scrapbook. Allow leaders time to say a few words if they would like to. Pray over them, thanking God for their unique abilities and gifts and their work to make disciples of Jesus who live on mission.

Kathleen Penton is an assistant editor with WMU.


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