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Lottie Moon

 Lottie Moon by Louise Barbour

Lottie Moon was born in Virginia on December 12, 1840. She was named Charlotte Digges Moon, but everyone called her "Lottie." She grew to be a cultured and educated woman. In 1873, she obeyed God's call to go to China to share the gospel.

Lottie spent most of her years in Tengchow and P'ingtu, China. She wore Chinese clothes and lived like the Chinese people. The Chinese people respected Lottie. Her missions work won many Chinese to Christ.

Lottie loved the Chinese people. She often made personal sacrifices to help the Chinese. When there was not enough food for the people, Lottie gave away her food. She ate so little that she suffered from malnutrition. She was very sick. A missionary nurse was bringing her home to the US to see a doctor. But Lottie died on board a ship in the harbor at Kobe, Japan. She died on December 24, 1912. She was 72 years old.

Annie Armstrong

 Annie Armstrong by Louise Barbour

Annie Walker Armstrong was the first corresponding secretary (executive director) of Woman's Missionary Union. She was born on July 11, 1850, in Baltimore, Maryland. Her family was very active in Baptist life. Annie went with her mother to the missionary meetings of Woman's Mission to Woman. There she developed a heart for missions. Annie helped plant churches, served those who lived in poverty and addiction, and organized other women to help her reach out to African Americans, Native Americans, and impoverished people in rural areas. In 1882, Annie helped organize the Woman's Baptist Home Mission Society of Maryland. She was the first president of the society.

Engage in Missions through WMU

Whether you are seeking to serve in missions personally, as a family, or as a church, we have plenty of exciting options for you! Here are just a few of many ways you can live out of the gospel through WMU:

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Missionary Housing

WMU maintains a database of housing available for Southern Baptist missionaries in the United States on stateside assignment. Most housing is sponsored by SBC churches or associations for missionaries appointed through the International Mission Board. Missionaries makes arrangements directly with the sponsoring body. Passwords are provided to missionaries with long-term commitments. If you have forgotten the password or need assistance, please contact us and include your name, sending agency, status, and your missionary number if IMB.

Important note to missionaries: all houses are "no pets" unless otherwise indicated.

Email for more information.

View the Missionary housing list (password protected).


WorldCrafts develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world. Our vision is to offer an income with dignity and the hope of everlasting life to every person on earth. 

Established in 1996, WorldCrafts began with just one artisan group, Thai Country Trim, in Bangkla, Thailand. Today we work with dozens of artisans groups to import and sell hundreds of fine, handcrafted items from more than 30 countries around the globe. And we still work with Thai Country Trim, helping them employ more and more women at risk of abuse and exploitation. That's who we are. Committed. Holistic. Fair trade. 

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Who is Lottie? Many Southern Baptists don’t know who Lottie Moon is or why their churches are constantly raising money for her at Christmas.

Is Lottie Moon a creditor, like Sallie Mae or Freddie Mac?

Not at all. The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) provides critical funding for Southern Baptists’ international missions efforts. An annual goal is set by the WMU Executive Board in consultation with the International Mission Board’s executive staff, allowing Southern Baptists to send and equip missionaries around the world.

The offering is named for Lottie Moon, a missionary to China whose letters pleading for mission support still resonate today. She died December 24, 1912, after living a life of total sacrifice to God and the people of China.

The LMCO can help reconnect Southern Baptists to the core of Christmas—Jesus was born to save the world.

To raise LMCO awareness in your Adults on Mission group or other small group, download IMB videos. And spur prayer support by learning about the missionaries featured during the Week of Prayer for International Missions.

Baptist Nursing Fellowship

Baptist Nursing Fellowship

Healthcare professionals have the unique skill set to imitate Jesus’ ministry in their lives. They can use their professions as platforms for sharing the gospel. Baptist Nursing Fellowship is designed to help health-care professionals utilize their talents to fulfill their desires to serve God alongside other people.


Baptist Nursing Fellowship provides Christian professional fellowship; promotes continuing education and growth for members and nurse missionaries; and encourages nursing service evolving from a personal commitment to Jesus Christ.


The objectives for accomplishing these purposes on a local, regional, national, and international basis are:

1. To empower members through studying the Bible, worshipping, witnessing, and sharing of Christian experiences.

2. To present and participate in planned nursing and health care programs in a variety of areas of interest to nurses based on assessed need of the members.

3. To expand global Christian nursing service and personal involvement through mission support, education, and health care activities.


Missions Trips

Missions trips are such a wonderful way to strengthen your group and allow members to exercise their faith. Consider defining a missions trip this way—“A useful tool to use your time for His Glory.” That is what WMU is doing with missions trips; we’re being a tool in the Master’s hand. Have you ever stopped and thought about how you spend your time and how those in your group spend their time? How we spend our time is really a reflection of the condition of our heart. Serving God through the use of our time shows what our priorities really are.

Each year, WMU offers prepackaged domestic and international missions trips. Exciting opportunities await you and your family (children age 6 and up) through Familyfest, and adults of all ages enjoy serving through Missionsfest and International Initiatives.

Interested? Here’s more!

2018 Missions Trips
Mark your calendars and share these dates with your friends.  


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