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Alma Hunt: Committed to WMU’s People and Purpose

Alma Hunt portrait

In 1948, WMU was in a season of transition. Coming off the heels of the Great Depression and World War II, WMU was miraculously unscathed—but it was exhausted. When the beloved Kathleen Mallory decided to retired as executive director, the search for a new leader began.

Fannie Heck: “The Predominate Personality in the Life of WMU”

Fannie Heck portrait

Fannie Heck was born in 1862 in Virginia. She grew up in North Carolina with a mother who was passionate about missions, and from an early age, Fannie shared her zeal. Fannie felt a particularly deep concern for the poor, which developed into a passion for social work as she grew.

Ann Judson: The First Female Missionary from America

Ann Hasseltine Judson illustration

As we celebrate notable women during Women’s History Month, we are reminded each of these women was once a teenage girl. For many people, the teenage years are instrumental in shaping the course of their adult life. Ann Hasseltine, who later became Ann Judson, was no exception.

Annie Armstrong: The “Mastermind” behind WMU

Annie Armstrong portrait

Annie Armstrong is one of the most well-known names in all of Southern Baptist history. Born in Baltimore on July 11, 1850, Annie spent most of her life working from her hometown.

Delegation Is a Completed Project

delegation concept with self-stick removable notes

“Let it go, let it go / Can’t hold it back anymore / Let it go, let it go / Turn away and slam the door! . . . Here I stand and here I’ll stay.”1 These words to a popular song in the 2013 animated movie Frozen speak to us as leaders.

Nannie Helen Burroughs: “A Real Inspiration”

Nannie Helen Burroughs portrait

“Nannie Helen Burroughs . . . was determined to let nothing and no one prevent her from fulfilling her life’s purpose.

Focus on the What, Why and How of WMU

When people in your church hear the name WMU, what springs to their minds? Is it little old ladies gathering to pray once a month?

Or maybe they don’t really know what those women do at WMU meetings.

Prayer as Work

woman with her hands held in prayer over open Bible

Leadership by Christian women should look radically different from any other type of leadership, because Christian women understand the power of praying. Prayer may be the hardest work Christians do to lead effectively in a world that has moved away from God.

5 Healthy Boundaries in Ministry

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Few jobs bring more satisfaction than serving others in ministries that bring glory to God. Words of advice from experienced leaders can empower those who are just getting started in those ministries.

Joy Bolton, retiring Kentucky WMU executive director, learned passion for missions “at my dining room table”

Joy Bolton fell in love with missions early in life. Recalling that “my mother and dad were passionate about missions,” she noted, “I often say I learned missions at my dining room table.”

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