National WMU

By All Means Resources 2017–2018

Resources:

Associational Leader Tool 2017–2018

See the big picture of associational WMU with the Associational Leader Tool 2017–2018. This essential resource for associational WMU directors offers age-appropriate planning information for the WMU emphasis, Project HELP, and the growth plan, as well as graphics and promotional resources.

DVD: W173105 • $14.99

.ZIP file: E173107 • $14.99

WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting--FAQs

City of Phoenix

We hope you will join us June 11–12, 2017 in Phoenix! Prepare to be inspired, challenged, and equipped in your missional walk during this two-day event.

 

How much does it cost to attend?

The WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting is free of charge. All are welcome.

 

Do I need to preregister to attend?

Preregistration is not required. On-site registration opens at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 11.

 

Where will the WMU Missions Celebration take place? How do I get there?

The WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting will be at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel Ballroom. The street address for the hotel is 100 N. 1st Street, Phoenix, Arizona, 85004.

 

Where should I stay in Phoenix?

You are encouraged to reserve rooms through the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting web site at sbcannualmeeting.net.

From Zero to 169

It seems we struggle to grow missions discipleship organizations. Getting people to participate in ongoing meetings is a challenge. Here is a very simple idea to go from zero to 169 participants in less than a year. Ask 12 friends to join you in starting an Adults on Mission ministry group to impact your community.

Purchase a Gifts of Hope Ministry Set and get started. If you have 13 people in your small group, everyone contributes about $10. For $125, you receive a Gifts of Hope Ministry Set to put in a high traffic area within your community such as the office of a lawyer, doctor, dentist, chiropractor, veterinary, a diagnostic testing center, food pantry, clothes closet, even an auto repair service shop or tire store waiting room. The possibilities are endless.

Mother's Day Giveaway

WMU Mother's Day Giveaway - wmu.com

We can all agree that being a mom is a tough job. It is rewarding, tiring, sometimes thankless, often messy, and always beautiful. Have you ever thought of motherhood as a mission field? Moms (and dads, too!) are raising tiny humans who grow into adult humans who are--hopefully!--becoming more and more like Christ each day.

So, to the women who are on the ongoing missions trip called motherhood, we want to celebrate you! We are giving away a Mother’s Day-themed prize pack for you or a wonderful, deserving mom in your life. The basket includes:

Christmas in August: Leaders

Snowman on beach

Your church can directly help a North American missionary with items needed for ministry and outreach. We have included step-by-step instructions and a list of missionaries and their requested items.

For more complete suggestions for how to celebrate Christmas in August, see the Summer 2017 issue of Missions Leader.

Tour National WMU

National WMU is home to missions artifacts from all around the world including items related to Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong! Schedule your free, guided tour of national WMU here or by calling (205) 991-8100 during regular business hours. Tours are offered Monday–Friday, from 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 1:00 p.m. To help ensure a tour guide is available, kindly give us a week's notice before you plan to visit.

Tours generally take approximately one hour, and can be geared toward children's groups like members of GA, RA, and Children in Action; teen groups; and, of course, adults of all ages.

While you are here, be sure to visit the WMU Gift Shop! Open Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., the WMU Gift Shop features unique, fair-trade crafts from artisans around the world made available through WorldCrafts, New Hope books and Bible studies, and WMU resources.

You can schedule a tour of National WMU online.

World Water Day: Pure Water, Pure Love

How many times have you used water today? Did you stop and wonder if the water was clean? Most likely you use water more times in a day than you realize and you are blessed with not having to wonder whether the water you are drinking is safe and clean. However, this is not the case in many places around the world. Did you know that more than 663 million people lack access to clean water? The need for clean water access is great as the lack of clean water leads to numerous water-related diseases. Consider the following:

Day 8 - Together for the Kingdom

Day 8 Week of Prayer

When Philip preached in Samaria, crowds of people saw God’s power and believed in Jesus. Lives were changed because Philip was obedient. Later in Acts 8, Philip had a divine encounter with an Ethiopian eunuch and another life was changed because of Philip’s obedience to God’s call to go.

Like millions of people across North America, the eunuch had knowledge of the Scripture but no understanding. When Philip explained the good news of Jesus, the eunuch believed and was baptized. He returned to his homeland full of joy, the bearer of a life-changing message.

Imagine what will happen when Southern Baptists across North America—everyday people like you and me—obey the call to pray, give, and go. When we work together and embrace the missionary call to bear that same life-changing message of the gospel to communities and cities across North America, lives are changed and joy results.

Day 7 - Dan and Amanda Coleman

Day 7 Week of Prayers

Augusta, Maine

At community events in Augusta, Maine, the green shirts of Kennebec Community Church draw attention, exactly the reaction Dan and Amanda Coleman want.

“When someone sees the green shirt, they know it is us,” said Amanda. “They see us out there loving on people and taking our mission seriously.”

In their role as North American Mission Board church-planting catalysts, the Colemans have helped their congregation grow from 70 members to more than 900 by establishing a presence in the community and consistently showing up to meet needs. People sometimes refer to Kennebec as “the church who is always doing free stuff for kids,” but the result of that outreach is a thriving ministry to families with children and teens.

Reaching the lost in Maine is not an easy task. In national surveys, Maine consistently ranks as one of the least religious states in the United States. Few people in the state grew up attending church and most have no knowledge of the gospel or Jesus, Amanda said. In Augusta, that sad statistic is changing one family at a time.

Day 6 - Kelly and Brandi Parrish

Day 6 Week of Prayer

Fort Collins, Colorado

The beauty of the Rocky Mountains inspires awe and reverence, but few in northern Colorado know the Creator responsible for the majesty. Church planters Kelly and Brandi Parrish hope to introduce them.

“People in Colorado are highly connected to nature, but they don’t know Jesus,” said Kelly, who pastors Living Rock Church in Fort Collins, located about an hour north of Denver. Home to Colorado State University, Fort Collins is the fourth fastest-  growing community in Colorado. The tech industry draws workers from all over the United States and Asia. The people are highly educated, well off financially, and very independent.

“Tolerance is big,” said Kelly. “The mind-set is ‘You believe what you want to believe; I’ll believe what I want to believe.’ Rarely will people bring up God.”

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