Introducing the New Kentucky WMU Officers and Executive Board

Susan Bryant picSusan Bryant of Pleasureville was elected as the 39th president of Kentucky WMU on April 4, 2014 in Winchester. Susan heads a slate of new officers which includes Shelby Castlen of Busy as Vice President and Cathy Mattingly of Louisville as Recording Secretary.

Susan Bryant, president, served as vice president of Kentucky WMU from 2011-13 and was a member of the Executive Board from 1994-97 and 2007-09.  She also currently serves as a trustee of the International Mission Board (2012-16 term).  Susan is a member of Graefenburg Baptist Church where she serves as WMU director and Girls in Action leader.  Susan has also served as WMU director for Shelby Baptist Association and participated in numerous mission trips. Her most recent trip was with the Kentucky WMU team that ministered in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in December. Susan has served on teams in Boston, MA; St. Louis, MO; Baltimore, MD; Belize; Puerto Rico; and South Korea.  Susan has served on mission trips serving with both Mississippi River Ministry and Appalachian Regional Ministry. Susan is retired after serving over 30 years with Kentucky state government, including work in the governor’s office.

Shelby CastlenShelby Castlen, vice president, served on the Kentucky WMU Executive Board from 2012-14 as a member from Region 8.  She and her husband, Jim, served as IMB missionaries for 18 years in the Philippines and Australia.  They have recently retired from service with the Three Forks Baptist Association where Jim served as Director of Missions and Shelby served as the ministry assistant. Shelby also served at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College as Development Director. Shelby is a volunteer with Disaster Relief and has led mission trip to Russia, China, Honduras, Brazil, Tanzania, Romania and Haiti. She is a member of the Big Creek Baptist Church.

Cathy Mattingly 2Cathy Mattingly, recording secretary, is a member of West Broadway Baptist Church in Long Run Association. Cathy served on the Executive Board from 2008-11 and was chairperson of the Bylaws and Policy Committee. She leads Girls in Action in her church and also serves as associational GA consultant and WMU secretary. Cathy is a volunteer with Friendship International and has been involved with numerous local ministries.

Cheryl HatfieldAnother new leader for Kentucky WMU is Cheryl Hatfield, appointed by outgoing president Linda Cooper as the development specialist, replacing Twyla Sheffield who served in this position for eight years. Cheryl and her husband, Jay, serve with Central Baptist Association and Willisburg Baptist Church.  She is retiring from teaching school and is excited about this new opportunity with Kentucky WMU.  Cheryl previously served as Recording Secretary from 2006-10 and as a member of the Executive Board from Region 7 (2003-05, 2012-14). As Development Specialist, Cheryl will serve as an ex officio member of the Kentucky WMU Executive Board and will lead fundraising efforts on behalf of Kentucky WMU, including the Heritage Fund, an endowment established in 1990.

Others elected to serve on the Kentucky WMU Executive Board include twenty-four regional representatives (3 from each of the 8 regions of the KBC) and two additional ex officio members (Kentucky Baptist Nursing Fellowship president and a RA/Challengers representative, appointed by the Kentucky WMU president).  Those elected and serving as ex officio include:

Region 1: Linda Alexander, Cindy Hurley, Pat Bush
Region 2; Peggy Leach, Jan Powell, Diane Thacker
Region 3: Sharon Givens, Julia Devore, Lauri Warden
Region 4: Lisa Crenshaw, Suzanne Barrett, Melissa Logsdon-Young
Region 5: Patricia Callan, Kim Duvall, Linda Netherly
Region 6: Linda Lee, Lenna Walton, Fay Royalty
Region 7: Rebecca Carnell, Connie Wise, Georgia Burton
Region 8: Kimberly Blanton, Claudia Greenwood, Alison Holbrook
Baptist Nursing Fellowship President: Donna Mitchell
RA/Challengers Representative – Rick Gastineau

We are grateful for the service of the Kentucky WMU officers and board members. Our Board gives oversight to our work and provides valuable insights from across our state. The Board handles details like budgets and personnel matters allowing us to have an annual meeting that is inspirational and completely missions focused. We are blessed by the wealth of experience and commitment to the work of Kentucky WMU that these new officers and Executive Board members bring to our work.  Please pray for each one as they serve during our 2014-15 year.


Register Now for Summer Opportunities

Register Now for Summer Opportunities

In spite of a long winter, spring has finally arrived and summer will be here soon (though not soon enough for students who are spending some summer days in school!). With summer comes opportunities to go to camps and overnights, or to go on a mission trip. Participation, however, requires advance planning and registration. Follow the links for each opportunity to learn more. Share this information with others and bring a van-load with you!  Online registration and payment available for all events.

Kentucky Changers is wonderful hands-on missions experience for students in grades 7-12.  Kentucky Changers goes way beyond a typical summer camp experience as students live out their faith while getting their hands dirty doing exterior home repairs for low-income families. Changers will be working in five locations this summer: Hopkinsville, Frankfort/Lawrenceburg, Richmond, Louisville and Henderson. Cost per person is $200 which includes housing, meals, and project materials. Peggy Murphy, Kentucky Changers Coordinator, welcomes adult volunteers as well as student participants.

Mission Adventure Camps & Overnights will be held at Cedar Crest, on the grounds of Cedarmore Conference Center near Bagdad in June.  Three Monday to Friday camps for girls and boys in grades 3-6 and their leaders are offered in June. There are also two Mother/Daughter and Father/Son Overnights for children in grades 1-3 and parents (or another adult).  In 2014 participants will go on a Missions Safari and learn about missions in Africa, including the Bucket Project.

The regular early bird rate for weeklong camps is $195 per student with a special rate of $25 for required chaperones.  The early bird rate for overnights is $50 per person. These rates are in effect until May 1, 2014.  While camps are coed, boys and girls stay in separate cabins and enjoy many gender specific special activities.  In addition, we are offering $50 “Snow Special” discount for the first week of camp to encourage more participation by those who can come when so many others are still in school.

Overnights at the Creek will be held July 11-12 at Jonathan Creek Conference Center near Aurora.  Three simultaneous overnights will be offered:  Mother/Daughter for girls in grades 1-3 and moms (or another adult), GA Overnight for girls in grades 4-6 and leaders, and Acteens Splash for girls in grades 7-12 and leaders.  The early bird rate for these overnights is $50 per person until June 1.

Familyfest is a mission trip opportunity for families or church groups to do together.  Join us for Eastern Kentucky Familyfest, July 19-24 in Boone’s Creek Baptist Association (Winchester area).  Ministries planned include Backyard Bible Clubs, light construction/repairs, servant ministries, block parties, prayerwalking, eldercare, evangelism ministries, health and wellness ministries, and sports camps.  Lodging is available in area hotels or at Boone’s Creek Camp.  The early-bird rate ends on April 30.  The registration deadline to participate is June 2.  Registration rate per individual is $130 with discounts for families.

Camp Courage, a statewide overnight camp for Royal Ambassadors, Challengers, leaders and dads will be August 1-2 at Laurel Lake Baptist Camp in Corbin. Featured activities include RA Racers Competition, Worship Rally, Pitstop Challenge, Campfire and S’mores, Crossbucks, Knot Tying, Archery, Horseback Riding, Rope Bridge, Fishing, Survivor Bracelets, Bible Telling Pow-wow, and more.  Using the theme Team Work, participants will learn the value of team work in missions and life.

Join the summer fun!

June Rice’s Annual Meeting Report

June Rice writes about many things in her weekly column.  Her words carry wisdom and great insight. I often have a smile after reading a column. And I always appreciate her reports about Kentucky WMU and Kentucky Baptist life.  Here is her 2014 Annual Meeting Report, shared with herJune Rice permission.

I had been healthy all winter, and two days before the meeting I had been planning to attend convened, I developed a bad cough and runny nose. My daughter Cathy and I had reservations to stay in Winchester for the whole meeting. She, of course, was obligated to go, because she had been nominated to be Recording Secretary of the WMU, but I was going along to give her support and see all my WMU friends from all over the state that I had met through that organization. I had been on the State Board three different three-year terms, and was looking forward to seeing many friends at the giant yearly family reunion.

      Besides seeing old friends, the Annual Meeting, which is held in a different church each year, is part business (electing officers, etc.), part inspiration (great speakers), part revival (the music is heavenly), part circus (two “church ladies”, Bertha and Bernice, furnished laughter), part support for a great cause (778 Hospice Kit Buckets were provided for those dying of AIDS in Africa.)

     I was so sorry when Cathy left on Thursday afternoon to be there early Friday morning without me.  After her school was out that day, Patti called and said that if I felt up to going to the meeting for one day that she would come to my place that evening and we would be able to go to Winchester the next day and at least be there when Cathy got elected. If I felt too bad, we could come back any time. I was delighted. So that is what we did.

     We were so happy to see our friends, Gene and Uneva Graves, who were leaders in First Baptist Church at Paintsville, and Patti was in Uneva’s very vibrant youth group there. Uneva also taught a few years at Paintsville High School and has been my dear friend ever since. They are members of Central Baptist Church in Winchester, where the meeting was held. The Central Baptist members were gracious hosts to the several hundred guests. It is a privilege, but it is a whole lot of work. Peggy Craycraft, who was on the Board when I was once or twice, was the overall chairman, and she arranged everything beautifully.

      I was so glad when I found that Susan Bryant, a young lady who became a WMU Board member twenty years ago, when I was a member, became Kentucky WMU President. We became fast friends that three years, and I almost felt I had two daughters elected to guide Kentucky WMU. I did not know Shelby Castlen, whose husband is a former Director of Missions in south central Kentucky, but Bunny Dixon O’Bryan, one of my surrogate daughters, posted on Internet that Shelby is her good friend.

    I found out that our 14 hospice buckets were a part of 778 bucket that were packed and loaded to be shipped to Africa. Joy Bolton, the Kentucky WMU Director, and her husband, Stacy Nall, the State children’s leader and her husband, Susan Bryant, and I don’t know who else, went to Africa in December of 2013 to personally deliver some buckets.

     These buckets are five gallon plastic buckets with tight-fitting lids that can be bought at Wal-Mart or Lowes. The buckets and contents cost about $100 or less. The contents are things that a sick person would need. Each bucket has exactly the same items: a waterproof pad, 2 twin sheets, 2 pillowcases,1 thin towel (a thick towel will make the bucket too full and take too long to dry) 4 thin washcloths, 2 Chapsicks, toothpaste, 2 toothbrushes, a scrub brush, 2 pairs of cotton socks, plastic gloves, long drinking straws, 4 bars of unscented Dove soap, body lotion, a plastic garbage bag to store the materials in if the caretaker needs the bucket for some other purpose. They must be loaded in the exact order suggested or they will not fit. Exact instructions can be found on the WMU website.

     The most inspiring story was told me privately by Susan Bryant. She said, “I was so busy getting ready to go that I did not have time to think about getting my two granddaughters Christmas presents before I left. Of course, they are like all our children, they have electronic games and just about everything anybody else has.

     “We took one bucket to a house in Africa where an eleven-year-old boy, just the age of my oldest granddaughter, was dying of AIDS. His parents must have already died, and his grandmother was caring for him. We opened the bucket, and when the grandmother saw the two pairs of warm socks, she cried. The child was too sick to open his eyes. We told them that we were representing Jesus, and explained that we came to do what we could to help in His name.

    “When I got back, I couldn’t bear to do Christmas shopping the way I always had. I couldn’t think of a thing my grandchildren needed. They had everything. I got them a few little things, and then I bought everything that went in one of those buckets, and wrapped them up individually and put them under the Christmas tree with no names on them. The girls started opening the packages and were puzzled to get a twin sheet, four bars of soap, until it dawned on them who the presents were for. So we packed a bucket on Christmas Day, and their bucket will go to Africa to ease the pain of someone who is dying.”

    Susan cried when she told it, and so did I.

    I was so blessed to get to go to Annual Meeting for one day.



Annual Meeting by the Numbers

Here is a brief recap of the 2014 Kentucky WMU Annual Meeting by the numbers:

Registration – 828
Offering for Kentucky WMU Ministries to Missionaries – $7,660.43
Heritage Fund Mite Boxes – $9,470.40
Buckets completed and shipped: 778
Value of buckets at average cost of $85: $66,130
Donations for the Bucket Project expenses: $969. ($429 spent for bucket supplies.  Balance of $540 will be sent to BGR to help with shipping costs.)
Additional buckets were “adopted” to be filled and brought to a collection site later. We estimate that 180-200 buckets were adopted!
Lunches served:  500
Sessions live streamed:  4
Viewers to date: Session 1: 180;  Session 2: 94 (plus those who have watched edited version on Vimeo);  Session 3: 207 ;  Session 4: 190
Displays at Annual Meeting: 21
Number of different conferences/activities offered: 30

The numbers are only a glimpse into the 2014 Annual Meeting, but are reported here to let you know the just some of the impact of this year’s meeting.  Our thanks to everyone who came and also watched by livestream.  You can still see the sessions and can share them with others in your church.  Watching the Friday evening session would make a great program for a Women on Mission meeting!

Our thanks to the many volunteers who helped, and they are more than I can count!  Central Baptist Church did an outstanding job of hosting the meeting.  Thank you Peggy Craycraft and everyone on your team.

Pictures of this year’s meeting are posted on the Kentucky WMU Facebook page:  You can also read Linda Cooper’s recap of this year’s meeting in my last blog.

Plans are underway for the 2015 Kentucky WMU Annual Meeting, April 10-11 at Sand Spring Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg. Mark your calendar or put it in your electronic calendar, including turning in your meal registration in advance!

Linda Cooper’s Final Annual Meeting Wrap Up

Linda Cooper1Linda Cooper was elected president of Kentucky WMU in 2010. Each year she has closed out Annual Meeting with a witty and challenging summary of things that were said during the meeting.  Here is her 2014 wrap up before passing the gavel, ring and WMU pin to Susan Bryant.

Linda Cooper w torchThe beautiful flag processional led by the torch set the tone and reminded us that we do have a “story to tell to the nations because these are the days of Elijah ‘til the whole world knows that Jesus Christ is Lord.  Thank you Jason, you led us to the throne.  We’ll have you back any time!  He said that we were the highlight of his year last year.  I think he’s a Wise Man that Understands!

Can you believe that I found out that Larry Lee was stressing over playing for our meeting!  He was concerned about ruining my last meeting to preside….well Larry, I have some news for you…I can do that all by myself!  God has given you a talent.  Thank you for sharing it with us.  My husband said that if he could play like that, he would just play so he could hear himself.

Speaking of my husband…he is not here today, he left early this morning to go to Indianapolis to umpire some college women’s softball games.  He does that on the side…I accuse him of making friends everywhere he goes.  Since he is not here, I can talk about him.  You see, yesterday I had to be over here before he needed to be and besides, he was pulling the U-haul that we had of the 84 buckets that my association did and he needed to unload it.  But before I left the hotel, I gave him 2 instructions.  Don’t be late and don’t go to sleep during the sessions.  Well, first thing, he was late!  I finally see him come in.  I see a vacant place down front by Lee Bolton and he knows Lee so I motioned for him to come on down.  Well, he didn’t see Lee but sat down on the pew behind him.  There happened to be a sign on the end of that pew where he sat that said “visually impaired.”  He held the sign up to me with this puzzled look on his face….He is an umpire so I just told him, “I guess all those people at the games were right all along!  Maybe he is “blind” as they have yelled at him all of those times.

Thank you Wanda for sharing about our early beginnings of how the women knew their calling and trusted God to provide.  You shared about their faith, courage and vision.  There have been many Anns.  Are you an Ann?

We learned that some women sold eggs so that they could give to missions.  Well, that is still going on today.  I was stopped by a former board member that shared with me that she still does that very thing!

Dr. Drake welcomed us and showed us his neon green ribbon he was wearing so proudly, that signified he wanted to help us this weekend.  Well, I read between the lines and what he really meant was you better find someone in red that was wearing one of those ribbons if you really needed something.  Thank you Central Baptist for being such great hosts.

And that Peggy Craycraft and her team, well, they outdid themselves to help us feel welcome.  Did you all see the water towers?  They must have hired someone to paint them just for us…I was traveling back to the hotel and there it was, big as life…W  M  U!  My husband tried to tell me it stood for Winchester Municipal Utilities but I know better.  They wrote it so big that someone could see it without their glasses. Hey, they even put a glasses holder in our registration bags…a FREE gift…for everyone!  Not just those sitting on the pew with my husband, the blind umpire….and that little bag had a dual purpose. She even explained it to us… You not only can put your glasses in it but you can clean them with it too.  Well, it was worth coming, just for that free gift!  I guess since we were offering the conference on Dementia, she felt she should explain how to use it.

Speaking of that conference…you know, I was down stairs yesterday and saw this big long line that was leading into that conference.  Well, I went over to visit with some that were in that line and asked them what was going on?  They said, They didn’t know….they forgot!  I calmly explained they were headed in the right direction.

Did you notice the committee had someone in charge of the restrooms…wonder what they do?  They did have cute little pansie containers.  One was a purse and one was a high heel.  I don’t know who chaired it but they didn’t do a very good job.  Bertha was taking toilet paper from somewhere!  That Bertha and Berniece…with all those interuptions, I thought we were going to have to elect a sargent at arms during the business session just to control them.

I love to tell the story.  Whom shall I send?  Here I am Lord, Is it I, Lord.  I have heard you calling in the night…and I will go, Lord.

I hope you wore those ribbons proudly.  I feel cheated.  When I was a child, my home church didn’t have GA.  Well, I got here early today and I decided well, they’re firing me anyway…so I’m wearing them all!!!

The Bruckerts reminded us how important our ministries to missionaries offering is.  The offering gift let them know they were not alone.  So, you better get ready, we are going to pass that plate in EVERY session!

I’m sure glad they told us the conference leaders were going to slip out early…I was about to take it personal.

Didn’t we learn a lot about Gordon Fort.  I didn’t realize we were so hard to find…He said getting here was an 8 year journey!  I don’t know how it took so long for someone who can out run canables.  But he did say that it was an incredible opportunity to be here…smart man.  He even married a WMU girl…..after people prayed, of course.  You did marry her didn’t you Gordon?  Well?  He said that he spotted her over there and asked her would she consider being his partner for life?  This day and time, that phrase means something else.  So, I was just wondering.

I guess they did marry because he said that when he asked her, she said 1,000 times Yes…No no no, that was the book that he said that he would sign but for us not to believe everything that we read in it.  Well, I’ve met Gordon and I’ve read the book…I believe it’s true.

Our missionaries have saved up important decisions for their birthday…we MUST pray.  Thank you Gordon.  We in WMU ARE totally His. We will go, Lord, if you lead us.  We will hold Your people in our heart.

They’re in Africa and they need a bucket!  Are you going to do some cleaning or are you going to pack it?  If a 13 year old can pack 4, surly you can pack one!  You’ve got all year to do it….. that is, if you can find the pads.  Don’t forget to pray for Mavis!  God is going to do some incredible things through those buckets!  I can’t wait to hear the stories!

The Bruckerts encouraged us to pray for the buckets…they even said that if we add a couple of r’s, we can pray for the Bruckerts, too!

We learned so much this weekend.  One thing, if you’re going to say something during the meeting, you better come in person.  Your video might not play right and Bertha and Berniece will make fun of you for saying the same thing 3x. 

Bertha and Berniece said they knew why they asked the WMU to head up the bucket project…because women get things done!  I’m glad they found the notes page in the program because we added that page this year since someone suggested it from last year’s meeting.  See, we do read those evaluations.  

Bertha and Berniece  need to get it straight and write it down that I did not spend that woman’s money for pizza!  Joy has always said that this meeting is all about outcomes…we may need to rethink that.   There’s no telling what Bertha and Berneice are out there telling people.  Can you believe there was someone here that admitted that they knew them?  However, they did sit in the back and were trying to hide???

Send the light, because He is Lord!  There are about 40 countries that have WMU now, they newest one being Burkina Faso.  And if you want to meet their president, well you’ll have to come to Baltimore.  Well, we have a whole bus load going!  Remember what a great partnership we had with S. Korea?  We even trained Soonsil Back!   God is at work in our sister countries.  They have found the one thing that works…WMU.

Wow!  You really gave to the ministries to the missionaries offering.  And oh those mite boxes!  Aren’t we thankful for our Mama’s…now Twyla is going to fill a mite box next year, and the next year…on and on.  Wasn’t that a beautiful site seeing everyone come forward with their mite boxes.  I got accused of being an overachiever.  I didn’t bother to explain that I had brought not only mine but our WOM boxes and our mission friend’s from my home church.

Houston, we have a problem!…but it’s a new project! “Adopt a bucket!”  The word is:  we cannot pack anymore completed buckets because we are out of pads.  We’ll work on that Lori Funderburk, Herb and Wanda Edminster.  Thank you for leading us in the bucket project.

Didn’t you just love the style show?  And wasn’t it interesting to learn that hem lines have and still go up and down.  Mine did this very weekend!  But Bertha and Berniece said that we needed to add a conference next year on how to wear undergarments for young people.

Wanda encouraged us to prayer walk and come to FamilyFEST this summer…we, here in KY are professionals at doing FamilyFESTS, now, so don’t miss it!  The nurses will be there because remember, once a nurse, always a nurse!

Joy said to turn those cell phones off!  We’re about to have officer installation and they are going to make a huge flag??  Wanda warned them that they were called to hard work but that God would provide the words to say to those discouraged.  For they have been called to service of kingdom work because He is mighty to save!

Missionaries are still telling the stories.  What obstacles are in your path hindering you from the great commission?  Ask God to remove them because He can move the mountains and only then will the celebration continue.  Because we have the men coming!!!  They’re finally getting it.  Although Chuck McAlister, from the KBC was out of his “wheel house” with the pads and undergarments conference he was wondering why he was here.  Well, he learned we had something in common…we both love winning souls to Christ…even those buckets will allow someone to hear the good news of Jesus.

Did you hear those qualifications for Missionary of the Year?  I’m surprised anyone can win that award!!  But, then we met him.  It’s plain and simple…he just loves the Lord and loves to see people get saved!  I’m going to have to get me some of that green spray paint!  Because, Jesus cares! 

Did you know that even doctors can look at your heart and tell there’s been a change after you are saved?

Didn’t you just love the commissioning service!  They’re teaching school kids, during the school day about Jesus….and doing it legally!  There is life after drugs because we commissioned people to shine the light of Christ into the darkness of addiction.  God can turn your mess into a message.  He can even wash the mess of your life away in a laundry mat, if necessary.

We were sinking deep in sand, far from the peaceful shore.  Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more…and then there is a BUT! But the master of the sea, heard my disparing cry.  From the waters lifted me, now safe am I, because Love lifted Me.  Now that’s a miracle!  Speaking of miracles…did you hear about the miracle in Zambia?  They asked Gordon to preach longer and the worms he had are not itching!  Thank you Gordon for challenging us to listen for our trumpet blast. 

Should I stay or should I go?  Don’t waste your time trying to figure that one out…just ask God, where.

If you weren’t recognized and didn’t stand up at least one time, then you better check your pulse!  Please turn to page 38 and read about our program guests!!!

Thank you KY WMU.  You say well I didn’t nominate you; I wasn’t at the annual meeting in 2010 to vote for you…I didn’t even know who you were!  But yet you invited me, you loved me, and you prayed for me and for that I say THANK YOU!

One of my goals in WMU has been to help you with the missions work in your church and association.  I hope in some small way, I have done just that as you have invited me to speak… in your churches, at your women’s retreats, and during your association meetings, your children’s events.  This has been such a challenging calling, but so fulfilling.

When I received the call to consider serving as your president, I felt so unqualified but you know, God doesn’t always call the qualified, He qualifies the called.  Serving as your president has brought me to the end of myself because Linda Cooper could not do this job…but God through me has allowed me to serve.  We are ALL called to missions.

There is a song out right now by Matthew West entitled:  Do Something.  It goes like this:  I woke up this morning, Saw a world full of trouble now; Thought, How’d we ever get so far down; How’s it ever gonna turn around; So I turned my eyes to Heaven; I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”; He said, “I did, I created you”; If not us, then who; If not me and you; Right now, it’s time for us to do something; If not now, then when; Will we see an end; To all this pain; It’s not enough to do nothing; It’s time for us to do something; I’m so tired of talking; About how we are God’s hands and feet; But it’s easier to say than to be; Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves; It’s alright, “somebody else will do something”; Well, I don’t know about you; But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire; I don’t want a flame, I want a fire; I wanna be the one who stands up and says,; I’m gonna do something”; We are the salt of the earth; We are a city on a hill; But we’re never gonna change the world; By standing still; No we won’t stand still; No we won’t stand still; No we won’t stand still.

We’re gonna DO SOMETHING!

To me, WMU is vital to a church.  But we must remember that we are not serving an organization, we are serving our Lord Jesus Christ!  Live with passion the call to be a part of God’s story.  Passion is contagious.

Linda Cooper2Now, let’s get ready to help WMU go forward in the next 125 years as a great missions force within your church, our denomination, and around the world.

You’ve heard people say that they want to be the kind of person that when they get out of bed, the devil says, “Oh me, she’s up.”  I like that one but I’ve found another one and I hope you feel as I do because I want to be so full of Christ that when a mosquito bites me, it flies away singing:  There is Power in the Blood!

May God Bless each and every one of you.  Now Go out and do something!!! 

Thank you, Linda!  Well said!!