WMU Missions Celebration
June 9–10, 2019
Birmingham, Alabama

We invite you to give chase to our gracious God who uttered creation into existence and placed breath in our lungs. Immerse yourself in a missions experience like none other. Join us June 9–10 in Birmingham. In celebration of 131 years of making disciples of Jesus who live on mission, on Monday there will be 131 activities designed to help you explore God’s work in the world.

We are unalterably committed to helping you pursue God.

Online pre-registration has ended, but we hope you will still plan to join us and simply register at the door! Registration opens at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the Church at Brook Hills. Cost is $15.

Then be sure to gather with your family and friends on Monday, June 10, at national WMU for 131 activities beginning at 9:00 a.m.! There is no fee to attend on Monday and there are plenty of activities geared toward kids. Please park at the Church at Brook Hills, which is less than 2 miles from WMU. We will provide continuous, free shuttle service throughout the day. Parking at WMU is limited and reserved only for those with physical limitations boarding a shuttle bus. 

WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting Schedule:

Sunday, June 9, 2019
The Church at Brook Hills, 3145 Brook Highland Parkway, Birmingham 35242

Registration is $15 and includes a small tote bag and advance release of On the Journey, a 30-day devotional written by Linda Cooper and Sandy Wisdom-Martin.
2:00 p.m. Welcome/Check-In Opens
3:00 p.m. WMU Missions Celebration–General Session
Praise and Worship
Welcome: Linda Cooper, president
Prayer Calendar, Ruth Ripken
Missionary Speakers: Philip and Jummai Nache, NAMB – interviewed by Kevin Ezell, president, NAMB
Praise and Worship
Dellanna West O'Brien Award for Women's Leadership Development
Business Session and Election of Officers
President's Address: Linda Cooper, national WMU
4:00 p.m. Dessert party and light refreshments in the church foyer
5:00 p.m. WMU Missions Celebration–General Session
Praise and Worship
Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director
   National Acteens Panelists: Grace Cain and Dominique DuPar
   National WMU Executive Director Emerita and President Emerita: Wanda Lee
   National WMU President Emerita: Dorothy Sample

   Missionary Speakers: Hun and Eunjoo Sol, IMB – interviewed by Todd Lafferty, executive vice president, IMB
   National Acteens Panelists: Ashley Fan and Emily Morrow
   National WMU Presidents Emerita: Kaye Miller and Debby Akerman
Praise and Worship
   National Acteens Panelist: Annsley Pugh
   National WMU President Emerita: Carolyn Miller
Prayer for Acteens and WMU Presidents Emerita—Janet Hoffman
Music for Worship
Nik Ripken, IMB

Download full Sunday schedule.   


Monday, June 10, 2019
The Church at Brook Hills, 3145 Brook Highland Parkway, Birmingham 35242

There is no registration fee for Monday, but Chick-fil-A box lunches may be reserved for $5 each. There will be a shuttle service to bring you back and forth between National WMU and The Church at Brook Hills throughout the whole day.
8:00 a.m. Welcome/Check-In Open
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Immerse yourself in a variety of missions activities (131 unique options!)

Download full program with descriptions and location of all 131 activities.

Download this promotional flyer and share with your friends. They won't want to miss this exciting event either!
National Acteens Panelists featured during WMU Missions Celebration

Meet the Missionaries

Philip and Jummai Nache, church planters serving in Minneapolis with the North American Mission Board, have now started two churches in the Twin Cities. Philip left his home of Nigeria in 2010 to attend seminary in the U.S. Soon thereafter he was approached by a group of South Sudanese living in Minneapolis who wanted help starting a church. Philip shared, “I was captivated by the idea of reaching out to Africans here. The Great Commission is about disciples. So many of our people want to be trained. They want to reach out to their people and plant churches here in America and in Africa.” God is blessing their efforts today as they seek to make disciples in Minneapolis, home to more than 100,000 African refugees and immigrants.

Philip and Jummai have four daughters.

Why they are excited about the WMU Missions Celebration:

“We are excited and looking forward to celebrating God’s movement through Woman’s Missionary Union. We are also coming with the expectation to impact each other on how to continue to pursue and fulfill the Great Commission!”—Philip and Jummai

Nik and Ruth Ripken have served around the globe with the International Mission Board for 35 years. Most recently they have served as Global Missiologists especially training and mentoring workers, believers, and US churches in how to plant churches in environments of persecution, civil war and famine. Nik is the author of several books and articles on missions and, along with Ruth, has done extensive research among the persecuted in over 70 countries. Ruth’s passion is mentoring women, especially in the Muslim context.

Nik and Ruth are the parents of three sons, two daughter-in-loves and one grandson.

Why they are excited about the WMU Missions Celebration:

 “We consider it a huge privilege to celebrate with you this year as we Pursue all the thousands who have yet to hear about God’s saving love. We owe you so much and we are thrilled to take this opportunity to thank you in person for partnering with us throughout all of our lifetime.”—Nik and Ruth

Hun and Eunjoo Sol were born in South Korea and immigrated to the U.S. where they planted and served in Korean churches for more than 18 years. Since 2012, they have served with the International Mission Board among East Asian peoples, and currently serve in South Korea as associate cluster leaders. One of their main ministries is a Korean Hands-On and Journeyman program in which they recruit, train, and send young people for cross-cultural ministry for six months to two years. They also work in areas of evangelism, discipleship, and church planting training for small local churches, mission agencies, and Korea Baptist Theological Seminary.

They have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Why they are excited about the WMU Missions Celebration:

“I think the world mission is impossible without your prayers and support from the local churches. We really want to thank those in WMU who are always praying and supporting us in the field and to share what is happening in the field through your prayers.”Hun and Eunjoo


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