National WMU

Our Proactive Response Matters

The first week in December is a special time with the International Mission Study, prayer experiences during the Week of Prayer for International Missions, and giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering as highlights of the Christmas season for many of us.

This year, however, comes with a note of sadness. For the first time in many years, missionaries over the age of 50 with five years’ experience are being asked to consider voluntary retirement due to a financial shortage at the International Mission Board. This situation did not happen overnight. I’ve read many explanations and possible solutions such as a special offering or increased Cooperative Program giving so we can avoid bringing missionaries home. While both suggestions are good, it’s too late; retirement offers have been made and missionaries are making their decisions. The problem has existed for too long to find a quick solution. Ironically, the conclusion of the missionaries’ service will happen during December, the time we are all praying in earnest for them and the people they serve. It certainly adds a new dimension to our praying this year.

WMU Foundation

The WMU Foundation financially supports WMU and her ministry partners. The Foundation was established in 1995 under the leadership of the late Dr. Dellanna O’Brien, former executive director of national WMU. Over the past 20 years, the WMU Foundation has given more than $10.8 million in scholarships and grants to support missions and ministry around the world.

With more than 150 funds and endowments, the WMU Foundation offers a way for you to support your missions passion. Some areas include disaster relief, Christian missions and ministry, anti-trafficking efforts, and scholarships, just to name a few.

The WMU Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization from WMU, and is guided by a 17-member board of trustees.

To learn more about the WMU Foundation, or to give online, visit their website at

Our Mission

The mission of the WMU Foundation is to provide financial support for WMU, enabling donors to support Southern Baptist missions and ministry work through WMU.

Directions to National WMU

The National WMU Office is located in Birmingham, Alabama.

Street Address:  100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, AL 35242

WMU national headquarters building, Birmingham, Alabama

From 1-459, take Exit 19 (Highway 280). Go east on Highway 280 East (toward Childersburg). Travel 2.8 miles to the tenth traffic light. Turn left onto Brook Highland Parkway. (This traffic light is at the top of a sharp incline.) Within a few hundred feet, turn left again onto Missionary Ridge. The WMU Building is at the top of the mountain.

Waiting for an Invitation

This month, both state and national WMU staff are gathering in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for a time of leadership development and missions training. The Western Regional Leadership Summit is the result of months of praying and thinking together about ways to increase missions awareness and involvement in churches in our western states. We are grateful for the support of Del Norte Baptist Church, New Mexico WMU, and convention staff and volunteers who so willingly agreed to host this first unique gathering of western missions leaders. I hope you are planning to join us!


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