Traditionally, the gift for the 25th anniversary is silver, 30th anniversary is gold, and 60th anniversary is diamonds. For the WMU 125th Anniversary, the celebration is with cake! May 14 marked the beginning of the 125th Anniversary year for national WMU®, and it seems like each anniversary celebration involved cake or cupcakes. A few state WMU offices hosted 125th Anniversary parties this week, and photos of the events have shown 125th Anniversary cakes and people eating the cakes. National WMU had a celebration for our staff, complete with cupcakes and ice cream. The centerpiece of the celebration was a 125-inch-tall history “cake” made by one of our graphic designers. Each layer of the cake shows various aspects of the history of WMU. This tall mock cake will be a part of the 125th Anniversary celebration at the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting next month in Houston, Texas.
Missions education for children is part of the rich heritage of WMU’s 125 years. Starting from the time Sunbeams became a WMU organization in 1896, the women and men in WMU have seen the importance of instilling a missions heart within preschoolers and children. When Sunbeams became Mission Friends® in 1970, the purpose of teaching preschoolers about missions continued. Over the years in Mission Friends, countless preschoolers have learned about missions, prayed for missionaries, and given to missions. That is something for us Mission Friends leaders to celebrate!
I invite you to join the celebration of the WMU 125th Anniversary throughout this year. Take note of the Fun Facts about Mission Friends scattered within Mission Friends Leader in the Spring and Summer issues, as these give a short peek into the history of Sunbeams and Mission Friends. Starting in the Fall, the Mission Friends Rewound features in each Mission Friends Leader will give a glimpse of fun activities from the past. If you are able to come to the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting in Houston, you can celebrate at our birthday party, visit the interactive history room, and see the amazing WMU history cake. We will soon announce other plans for Mission Friends to celebrate the WMU 125th Anniversary in the coming year. In the meantime, let’s go eat some cake!