The Friday evening session of the Kentucky WMU Annual Meeting includes something new – a Kentucky missionary commissioning service. About a dozen Kentucky missionaries will share brief testimonies about their call and be commissioned for service among us. In addition, we will recognize the Kentucky Missionary of the Year. Come and encourage these new missionaries by your presence in this special service.
Following the commissioning, we have asked Dr. Gordon Fort, the senior vice president for the Office of Prayer Mobilization and Training at the International Mission Board, to bring a message and missions challenge. We will give an invitation at the end of the service and pray for God’s Holy Spirit to move among us, calling others to mission service.
After the session we will gather for a WMU birthday celebration and a reception honoring the Kentucky missionaries as well as our outgoing Kentucky WMU officers. Linda Cooper will complete her term as President, Marcia Ballard as Recording Secretary, and Twyla Sheffield as Development Specialist.
You can also meet missionaries and ministry leaders by attending the general sessions of our Annual Meeting and by attending conferences on Friday and Saturday. Several Kentucky missionaries and ministry leaders will be with us both days. Among our Kentucky missionaries, you can meet Amy Wilhelmus, director of the Moore Activity Center in Covington; Beth Arnold with BREAK (Bible Release-time Education Association of Kentucky); Harold and Joyce Scroggs, directors of Haven of Rest Family Ministrie; Kay Hammond, director of the Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center in Pikeville; and Larry Gritton, president of Oneida Baptist Institute. Several of the missionaries recognized on Friday night will lead a conference about their ministry on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. including Stacey Burton, Kingdom Kids Ministry, Pulaski Baptist Association and Keith Decker, Cedaridge Ministries, Williamsburg.
Learn more about all of the conferences to be offered at Annual Meeting on the Kentucky WMU web site. Additional conferences include
–Dementia: A Ministry Need and Opportunity
– Ask a Lawyer
– WorldCrafts: How to be a “Soulful” Shopper
– What’s Up with Students
– Missions Education Is Not Just for Kids
– Ready, Set, Go for Children’s Missions
– Starting Boys on a Missions Adventure
– Kentucky Changers
– Hardcore Battle Plan
– Baptist Global Response
– Update on National WMU
– Prayer for the Nations
– Walking Tour of Area Ministries
There will also be a Prayer Walking Guide available for prayerwalking downtown Winchester any time during the weekend. There will be a WMU History Room with lots of interesting WMU memorabilia from across the years. And the Bucket Project will be in full swing all weekend.
Every Kentucky WMU Annual Meeting is unique and different from the year before. You don’t want to miss a one. Be there!