Throughout the year we hear from various MSC missionaries about their work. Many of them are also very involved with WMU in their churches and associations. A recent report from Robin Reeves, from Frankfort Baptist Church in Corbin is an example of how the missions enthusiasm of one MSC missionary has grown to include so many other people.
Robin included a copy of the page from the WMU Year Book which helps WMU leaders report WMU involvement. For 2011-12, Robin reported 36 in the Women on Mission group, 4 on the WMU leadership team, 8 involved in small groups with a missions focus, 30 in ongoing ministries, and 10 in small groups preparing for missions activities or trips. In addition, there were 20 people involved in community ministries and 2 that were participants in overseas missions trips.
Robin also included a page about the accomplishments of the Women on Mission group. This group made and sent over 7,000 witnessing dolls into 27 states and 17 countries. They made and sent over 100 blankets for crisis pregnancy centers and the Disaster Relief Child Care Unit. They cooked and served hot meals to Disaster Relief workers during the response in East Bernstadt in March. Several children accepted Christ through the dolls being used as a witnessing tool.
In response to the question as to how they met their objectives and goals for the year, Robin wrote, “Prayer, planning, and working together in love and unity. Setting large goals and then breaking them down into smaller ones! Set deadlines for goals to be completed.”
This Women on Mission group also ministered directly to a Kentucky missionary family by gathering food items and Christmas gifts. Three ladies from the group participated in a one-day mission trip to the Lord’s Cafe (McCreary County), taking hygiene items when they went to work in the kitchen preparing and serving meals. The group joined in praying for national WMU missions emphases, including World Hunger and Human Exploitation. They had an impact in the community by making a breast cancer awareness quilt for the Relay for Life. They also supported the work of Kentucky WMU through our basket auction for the Kentucky WMU Heritage Fund. And six women attended a meeting to pack snack and personal items to send to military personnel.
What an awesome report. I am grateful that there are many other Women on Mission groups doing similar things throughout the year. What about your church? Is there a Women on Mission group “leading the charge” for missions? Kentucky WMU can help you get a group started! Call us at 502-489-3534 (or 866-489-3534) or email: [email protected]. For more information about WMU and to sign up for our e-newsletters, go to www.kywmu.org.
Keep the cards, letters, and reports coming in because “The Story Lives On!”