WMU Matters

Joy w Wanda LeeThis morning I started reading the September Missions Mosaic in the way I always do at the start of a new month, with Wanda Lee’s column. Even though I chaired the search committee to find her successor, there was still a lump in my throat as I read the first sentence: “Preparing this month’s From Missionary Ridge has been challenging since I realized it would be my last as your executive director.”

It was an emotional moment for me. Today is my 17th anniversary as executive director for Kentucky WMU. Wanda and I have tracked together across these years. She has been a friend and mentor. I have stayed in her home and she and Larry have stayed in ours. Wanda has been in our state on several occasions for our state WMU meeting. She is a great speaker.

We’ve had a few fun experiences with pulling off surprises. One was help with arrangements for Wanda and family to take Larry to a concert in Lexington, KY. He had no idea!  The other was when Campbellsville University surprised Wanda by awarding her an honorary doctorate. I was in on getting her family in town and keeping them from finding each other until the right moment when we were all in the press box!

Wanda’s last column was appropriately titled “WMU Matters.” She has written this column from the heart and from her “personal belief that what we do through WMU matters.”  But it was the conclusion to the column that made me cry.  During the months that the search committee has been at work, we claimed and asked others to pray with us, Ephesians 3:20-21.  Wanda concluded her column with these verses:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  (NIV)

When I read the verses she had chosen for her final words, knowing that we have been praying these verses over the past six months, knowing how God has answered in the calling out of Sandy Wisdom-Martin, I wept at God’s faithfulness.

In our office we were recently challenged to describe what we do simply, succinctly. The statement that grabbed me was “WMU facilitates missions involvement.”  When I think about ministries that we plan such as Kentucky Changers and Mission Adventure for Kentucky Kids, I resonate with what Wanda says – WMU matters!  Because we have planned these missions opportunities, we help churches reach Kentucky and the world for Christ. In local churches and in associations, because WMU takes the lead to plan ways for people to be involved in missions, there are people who get involved for the first time and/or in ways they never dreamed possible. WMU matters!

Thank you, Wanda Lee, for your leadership for the past 20 years at the national level. I am grateful for you and pray for wonderful times with your family in retirement. And I join you and the WMU family in praying for our new leader and the future work of WMU.

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Finding Sandy – Reflections on a spiritual journey

In 2003, the movie “Finding Nemo” was a big hit with children and adults, too. It was the fanciful story of a timid clownfish who set out to find his son who had been captured in a fishing net and taken to Sydney, Australia. I thought of the title in reflecting on the journey of the past six months as a search committee, with myself as chair, sought a new executive director for National Woman’s Missionary Union.

Sandra_Wisdom-Martin croppedWhile the work of the committee will forever be confidential, I can now reflect on the spiritual journey and would share a few thoughts related to “Finding Sandy.” I am thrilled at the calling of Sandra Wisdom-Martin, executive director of WMU of Texas, as our new leader. She brings a wealth of experience, having also served in Arkansas as a state WMU staff member and as WMU director in Illinois. Sandy is beloved in every place she has served and is known as an able administrator, wonderful public speaker, and visionary leader. She has been affirmed by WMU and state convention leaders alike.

The search for Sandy was, above all, a spiritual journey. We began our work with Bible study on the selection of leaders in both the Old and New Testaments. (In a future blog, I will share a synopsis of our Bible study on selecting leaders.) We prayed often during our meetings. One of our team members regularly sent the rest of us prayer prompts–scriptures and other material to guide us in praying. We fasted periodically as we came to points of decision, seeking to know the Lord’s will above all.

Scripture affirms that “the Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you” (2 Chronicles 15:2 HCSB). In the process of seeking Sandy, we first and foremost sought the Lord. Long before we asked for names of candidates, we sought the Lord.

There was a process which included a candidate profile, prayer, receiving and reviewing resumes, prayer, interviewing, prayer, and other steps. Above all, we prayed and God answered. Indeed, we can testify that when we seek the Lord, we always find Him.

We asked the WMU family to join us in prayer each day at 3:20 p.m. as we prayed and believed Ephesians 3:20-21 for our search: “Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us–to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

God is faithful. He indeed has done more than we could ask or imagine in every detail of “finding Sandy.” He has worked out details small and large. There are so many details that came together that I can hardly recount them. Meeting dates were one detail. For our first meeting, I gave the committee only one date–and they all were able to come. When it came time for the full board to meeting, we gave them only one date and they were able to come! If you’ve ever tried to work out calendars with a group of people on short notice, you know what a challenge it can be. These were miracles!

For each member of the search committee, the process was deeply spiritual. While we employed good business practices in screening, interviewing, etc., we were, above all, seeking the one that the Lord had chosen for us. God was faithful. We sought Him first, and in finding Him we also found Sandy.

The life lesson for me is to remember that “the Lord is with you when you are with Him.” No matter what we face, what decision we need to make, what direction we are seeking, what problem needs to be solved, the place to begin is by seeking the Lord.

Please be in prayer for Sandy as she is wrapping things up in Texas and preparing to transition to her new role with National WMU. Pray for our outgoing exec, Wanda Lee, as she concludes her work and prepares to make the transition with Sandy. Pray for Sandy’s family as they move. Pray for the national WMU staff as they prepare to welcome a new leader. And pray for outcomes to be felt around the world because of Sandy’s leadership with WMU. When WMU does our work well, more people are engaged in praying, giving, and doing missions–and those are outcomes that have eternal impact for the Kingdom of God.

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Kentucky Changers – Still.Changing.Lives

imageKentucky Changers has wrapped up another successful summer of projects working in four locations this summer. Denise Gardner, Jon Auten and I were privileged to join Peggy Murphy and a host of wonderful volunteers as students and adults joined together to minister. Students were reminded often that we had come to do more than build decks, paint, roof, and other repairs. Instead, we had come to share Jesus and grow in our own faith walk.

imageAnd indeed lives were changed, including many of the student participants. Each day, students stopped for lunch and had a devotional which often included a testimony from a student or adult leader. Each evening, after a full day of working on houses, students returned to the school for supper and an evening worship time. In the evening worship, the gospel was clearly presented and students were challenged to accept Christ if they had never done so. During the four weeks, there were 17 salvation decisions, 14 rededications, and 20 who expressed a call to ministry. Many more left as stronger believers, understanding what hands-on missions is all about.
An important aspect of Kentucky Changers is teaching students to share their faith. Students spent time on Sunday afternoon learning how to share the plan of salvation using a “colors of faith” bracelet. They also wrote out their personal testimonies, which is a great way to build confidence in sharing your faith.

For many of the students, learning to share their faith was the highlight of the Kentucky Changers experience as evidenced in this email:

imageDear Peggy, My name is Sydney Amos and I am a member of Valley View Baptist Church youth group in Vine Grove, KY. I was at Changers a few weeks ago with my youth group, which was my third year at Changers. I’m just writing this E-mail to let you know how much I love the salvation bracelets that we used as a tool to share the gospel this year. These bracelets provided me with so many opportunities to share the gospel on and off the job site! They are great to share God’s Word and love with people of all ages, but they are especially great to share with children! I must have given out at least 10 bracelets that week, sharing the meaning of them while I was at it! Not only were they great for the people you give them to, they also helped me to be more confident in sharing God’s word. My youth group and I love them so much that we are ordering a bunch of them and we are going to  start passing them out at my school this upcoming year! Thank you so much for providing us new ways to share and for all the amazing things that you do for and with Kentucky Changers! See you next year! God bless you.

Our thanks to all of the volunteers who served as chaperones, project coordinators, construction coordinators, crew chiefs, assistants, runners, cooks, shower trailer workers, tool trailer coordinator, nurse, and the myriad of other tasks. Some of our volunteers served with us all four weeks! We also want to thank the college and high school students who served on the Ministry Team as Peggy’s assistants. These students do an awesome job with all the behind the scenes tasks. A big shout out to the pastors and music leaders who led in worship each evening and visited job sites during the day to talk with students.

imageWe are grateful to Peggy Murphy who serves as Kentucky Changers Coordinator. She was honored at the last homeowner celebration service with a quilt made from Kentucky Changers t-shirts.

Still.Changing.Lives!  Kentucky WMU helps churches learn, pray, give, go, and send missionaries, including these student missionaries we call Kentucky Changers.


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Excel as a WMU leader!

A new church year is about to start! Families will return from vacation and schools will welcome students back from the summer break. The start of a new school year brings a new year for missions emphasis in your church!

Excel logoKentucky WMU challenges WMU leaders to Excel – to understand and be radically involved in the mission of God as we learn, pray, give, go and send! Prepare for the new year in WMU by attending one of our three Excel conferences. Choose the date and/or location that works best for you!

2016 dates and locations:
– July 23, Reidland Baptist Church, Paducah
– August 20,  Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Independence
– September 10, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Louisville

Excel post card front At each Excel we will introduce the new 2016-18 WMU emphasis, By All Means. There will be conferences for age-level organization leaders as well as WMU directors and other churchwide officers. We will also offer a variety of special interest conferences in the afternoon. Some will be an hour long, and others will be short 25 minute rotations. During the two hours in the afternoon, you can mix and match according to your interests.

Excel post card back croppedPlease register by the deadline of the Excel event you plan to attend to ensure that we have materials ready for you! Participants will receive a WMU Year Book and lunch in addition to conference handouts.

As you come to Excel, the new theme challenges us as Christ followers to seek new opportunities to show Christ’s love to the lost. What are we determined to do for the Kingdom “By All Means”?  The Setting Goals article in the new WMU Year Book asks some probing questions:
IMG_2845Am I willing to spend time planning and conducting a missions event for children?
Am I willing to teach children weekly to be involved in missions?
Am I willing to spend time each day in prayer for missionaries?
Am I willing to give above the tithe for missions offerings?
Am I willing to serve in the “Samaria” of my community?
Am I willing to befriend people from other nations?

These and other questions make us think. Will By All Means simply be a slogan or will it be a heartfelt commitment? Join us at Excel, confirm your commitment, and get inspired for a new year of missions!

Registration is open and available online!

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On Mission with Kentucky Changers and MAKK

Sleeping on an air mattress on the floor is not everyone’s definition of a good time, but it is for the students and adult volunteers who go on mission through Kentucky Changers and Mission Adventure for Kentucky Kids. Last week I joined in the fun with with 240 Kentucky Changers participants and volunteers as they served in Calloway County (Blood River Baptist Association), June 18-24. I also kept tabs through Facebook on the children and leaders who were in Richmond and Bowling Green with Mission Adventure for Kentucky Kids.

Since I experienced Changers first hand, let me share a little about the week. IMG_3541After arriving on Saturday and getting settled in rooms at Calloway County High School, the week began with supper prepared by a great kitchen crew. The food is wonderful and in spite of working hard, it is not a week to lose weight! After supper, students were assigned to crews and met their crew chief and other students. They learned about the homes where they would be working and the jobs they would tackle together.

IMG_3690On Sunday, the Kentucky Changers attended worship with their host churches. These churches provided lunch every day at the work site for their Changers crew.

IMG_3748Nightly worship times were very special. Casey Jones led in praise and worship music. Nick Stamps was our camp pastor and challenged us all in our walk with Christ. Decisions for Christ were made throughout the week.

DSC_1727I was one of two photographers throughout the week. We traveled to the sites to capture pictures and video of the work. Students were a witness to a watching community as they toiled in the heat without complaint. In a day when students are in the news for all the wrong reasons, Kentucky Changers make an impact just by showing up to work and care for people with needs.

IMG_5911It was exciting for Kentucky Changers to be on the front page of the Murray Ledger & Times. I learned a new term when a local official shared her thanks in the closing celebration and mentioned that it was significant for the newspaper story to not only be on the front page, but also “above the fold.”

I spoke with several senior adults who were assisted by Kentucky Changers. They could not say enough good about the students who had come to work on their homes. We have posted two video testimonies.

A new part of the training for Kentucky Changers is on how to share your faith. Students learned how to share the plan of salvation and also wrote out their testimonies using the outline provided by Tell Your Story.Today. On one day’s recap video, we had the testimony of a student telling about her experience in sharing a “colors of faith” bracelet. It was great when students came to see Kentucky Changers Coordinator Peggy Murphy and tell her that they had given away their bracelet that day and needed another one. We always asked them to tell us about that experience. These students were always beaming when they told what had happened. One student participant in Hopkinsville told Peggy that learning to share her faith using the bracelet was the best part of the week.

MAKK HospiceMAKK WKUWhile the Changers were hard at work, children and leaders also came together to do missions. Mission Adventure for Kentucky Kidds (MAKK) was held in Richmond, June 16-18, and Bowling Green, June 23-15. Through MAKK, boys and girls in grades 4-6 experience a missions trip where they participate in local ministries. The children also learn new skills and then lead in outreach activities with children in the community.

MAKK Prayerwalk WKUKentucky students are ready to go to the next level and they can through MAKK and Kentucky Changers. Kentucky WMU provides opportunities for children and students to serve and witness. We are Kentucky proud of them!

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Ky Changers, Calloway County

IMG_3642200 students, leaders, and a host of volunteers are working with Kentucky Changers this week in Calloway County. Our thanks to Tim Cole, director of missions for Blood River Baptist Association, and all of the host churches.

Students arrived Saturday and got settled. Most have brought air mattresses to sleep on the floor at the high school for a week. A few cots are here, and there may be a few hardy folks in sleeping bags on the floor. After a great meal we began with team assignments, worship, and church group time.

IMG_3690On Sunday, teams attended worship with their host church, had lunch, then prayerwalked at the site where they will be working.  In the afternoon, after starting to learn some team skills, everyone participated in a class on “How to Share Your Faith.”

Nick Stamps, pastor of Post Oak Baptist Church in Russellville, is the pastor for the week, preaching nightly to help students grow in their faith. Our prayer is that many students will be saved this week and that believing students will make a deeper commitment to Christ.

IMG_3726Pray for Kentucky Changers this week as they work on projects all over Calloway County. Pray for the homeowners as well. Pray that the students will have a bold witness with the communities where they serve.

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Reflections on the 2016 National WMU Meeting and SBC


WMU 2016 mtgI recently went to St. Louis for the National WMU Missions Celebration/Annual Meeting, followed by the Southern Baptist Convention. I started attending national meetings with my parents as a child and have been going ever since. I always enjoy these gatherings because of the inspiring speakers, music, and other presentations. I also enjoy reconnecting with friends from across the country and sometimes, from around the world.

Attending a national meeting reminds us that no matter what size church we attend, what we do together is significant. The SBC is comprised primarily of small churches so the praying and giving of small churches who work together is making a huge impact. Likewise, the efforts of larger churches is also needed and provides leadership and resources for our joint efforts.

WMU meeting 2016 missionaries 1Hearing missionaries say thank you for praying, thank you for giving, thank you for caring for our families always touches my heart. I thrill at the stories of people who have been saved because a missionary we sent and supported shared the gospel. In this year’s WMU meeting, we heard from one missionary who is serving today because a missionary came and shared the gospel with his great grandfather. Every generation since in his family has produced pastors/church planters.

Just before we went to St. Louis we received the report that Southern Baptists had given the largest Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in the 127 year history of the offering – $165.8 million. This offering, begun in 1888 by the women of a fledgling organization we know today as WMU, continues to make an impact around the world.

The letters WMU mean a lot to me. W is for woman’s (spelled with an A! – singular, possessive) because of each individual who identifies with the Missionary purpose. U is for union because together we can do more.  Thus, when I attend a WMU meeting, it is not about the meeting. It is about the outcomes. What happens in my life and around the world because we in WMU learn, pray, give, serve and support missions.

Wanda Lee Joy BoltonThe 2016 meeting was one of mixed emotions for me. I am so grateful for the 20-year ministry of Wanda Lee as a national WMU leader – 4 years as president, then 16 as executive director-treasurer. She has been a mentor and friend. Yet Wanda has identified that this is the time for transition to a new leader and several months ago, I was named by WMU president Linda Cooper as chairperson of the Search Committee.

WMU Prayer for Search CommitteeIn a devotional and update shared with the WMU Executive Board in General Session, I shared the spiritual journey of the search committee. We have an enormous task but we serve a God who is able to do more than we can ask or imagine. When the time is right, the committee will make a recommendation. Until then, we have asked everyone to honor the confidentiality of the process. Serving on this committee is a high calling and we all are grateful for the prayer support and kind words of so many.

UnscriptedAt the WMU meeting, the preaching of Dr. Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary, was challenging. His book, Unscripted, is the 2016-17 WMU emphasis book. In challenging us to do be on mission, no matter what our circumstances, Dr. Iorg said, “Circumstances refine the mission, but do not define the mission.”  In speaking of the organization he works with, Dr. Iorg said that is what is most difficult for him is not administration, fundraising, or the myriad of things to be done. He said “What is most difficult is keeping the organization focused on its mission.” Our mission is to proclaim the gospel. What would happen if WMU members embraced the three simple words: as you go. Imagine what would happen in the lives of individuals or families, in cultures, or to political and economic systems if believers embraced and lived those three simple words and shared the gospel “as you go.”

On Tuesday of the SBC, I took my seat and stayed in place all day except for meals. There were reports and sermons, motions and resolutions. I’ve not always been comfortable with everything that happened at a SBC meeting, but there is no doubt that this year’s convention will stand as a high mark for years to come. I say this for several reasons. One was that the Tuesday evening session was devoted to prayer. This time of prayer spoke to my soul, especially during a video reading of the Ezekiel passage about dry bones. We were challenged to persevere in ministry because the dry bones will live again.

For me, the apex of the meeting came when, after a problem with 108 ballots, one presidential candidate withdrew so that the convention would be unified. J. D. Greear will long be remembered for his statesmanship in that moment. It must be noted that Steve Gaines was willing to do the same thing and in prayer these men came to the decision of who would withdraw. Greear’s announcement was followed by a timely sermon by Dr. Ted Traylor which drew from Psalm 133:1 – Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.

There were many other great moments during the convention. Due to other commitments, I could not stay on Wednesday, but through the wonders of technology was able to tune in during the meeting, and even go back to parts I missed. You can listen to the entire SBC, from gavel to gavel, at www.sbcannualmeeting.com. Just click “Watch Live” and you will find recordings of all the proceedings.

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EBO gifts at work this summer

Summer is upon us with all of the wonderful ways that Kentucky WMU involves children and students (youth) in missions.

Mission Adventure for Kentucky Kids will take place June 16-18 in Richmond and June 23-25 in Bowling Green. Red House Baptist Church will host in Richmond and Calvary Baptist Church in Bowling Green. Each three day mission trip includes prayer walking, worship, Bible study, mission projects and Kentucky Kid fun! Ministries include sorting, organizing donations of food and clothing, home meals delivery to the homebound, games with children at a shelter, making cookies for international students, and more.

Equipment TrailerKentucky Changers
will do home repairs for low-income home owners in Hopkinsville (June 11-17), Calloway County (June 18-24), Greensburg (July 2-8), and Frankfort (July 9-12).  Building on the 2016 theme, “Stay Connected to the Source,” students will be challenged through nightly worship to stay connected to Jesus in all of life. Volunteers of all ages assist with teaching construction skills, supervising projects, cooking, checking out tools, and many other tasks to support the students as they serve.

Overnights for Mothers and Daughters and Girls in Action will take place at Cedarmore (July 1-2) and Jonathan Creek (July 8-9). Participants will meet a missionary and enjoy summer fun while they learn. Acteens Quest, our newest overnight, will be held at Jonathan Creek (July 8-9) followed by a state Acteens Activators Team trip (July 11-17) to New Orleans to work at the Baptist Friendship Center.  Acteens Leaders are invited to their own event, Acteens Quest for Leaders, August 5-6 at Liberty Baptist Church, Campbellsville. This will be a time for leaders to get acquainted and share ideas.

Camp Courage, a campout for boys will be July 29-30 at Laurel Lake Baptist Camp in Corbin. Boys will participate in a variety of outdoor activities while learning about missions.

We are most excited to report on the completion of a new Kentucky WMU storage facility at Cedarmore. With the addition of Kentucky Changers to the WMU family, the need for adequate storage of all the required equipment was huge. We are grateful to Mercer Baptist Association for the use of their storage building for the past two years. We also appreciate the partnership with Crossings who allowed us to construct a building at Cedarmore.

Whether supporting summer activities led by Kentucky missionaries, helping with WMU sponsored ministries, or funding outreach by church planters, EBO is at work all summer long!

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Tote Bag Sunday

ToteBagSunday-page-001Newsletters from association and church WMU groups always bring a smile. I so enjoy seeing the creativity and commitment to missions. A recent newsletter from Christian County Association WMU announced “Toilet Paper in a Tote Bag Sunday” and invites all of the churches to collect donations of toilet paper and tote bags to be distributed at Impact Ministries for families in need.

What is more basic than toilet paper (and milk when it snows!)? Filling a tote bag with toilet paper on February 14 for Focus on WMU is a great way to involved many people in a local ministry. This collection meets a real need and will be distributed by Kentucky missionary Arlene Miller and volunteers as they share Christ with people who come for assistance.  I can’t wait to hear how many rolls and the number of tote bags that are collected.

What local ministry can your WMU help during Focus on WMU.  However, don’t just collect – go visit the ministry! Spend some time there.  Help with the work.  Meet people who benefit from the ministry. Share Jesus with someone!

When you go to the ministry site, take pictures of your visit and share these at your church as soon as possible.  Plan another project and enlist more people to be involved!  Let your church know how their donations are being used. Share testimonies of what it meant to be there.

As you observe Focus on WMU, this is also a great time to receive the Eliza Broadus Offering, especially in your Women on Mission and other WMU groups.  EBO helps Kentucky WMU do our work, especially with children and students, providing funds which allow us to keep fees low for events. Receiving the Eliza Broadus Offering at this time is a great way to show your support for Kentucky WMU as well as missions across Kentucky.  EBO gifts may be sent to Kentucky WMU, 13420 Eastpoint Centre Drive, Louisville, KY  40223.  Notate on check: EBO.

Let me hear from you! What is your church doing this year to Focus on WMU?



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2016 Missions Celebration & Annual Meeting

WMUAnnualMeetingPostCard2016corrected-page-001One of the most exciting times of the year for me is when we are preparing for our annual meeting. This year is no exception.  Here is a little of what is in store, April 8-9 at First Baptist Church, Madisonville.

Our 2016 theme is The Heart of the Story and will focus on how we share the heart of the story, Jesus, through missions around the world. We have a great program line up and we want to encourage you to make plans now, including hotel reservations. Hotels space is tight this year and you will want to make your reservations early. There are additional hotels within an easy commute to nearby towns if rooms fill up.

2016 Schedule. The two-day event begins on Friday morning with an opening session at 9:00  a.m. (Central Time). A parade of flags will begin with the prelude music. See the detailed time schedule for conference and general sessions times.

Linda Cooper, new national WMU president from Kentucky, will share theme interpretations. Join us in congratulating Linda on her election as national president.
Wayne & Barbra Myers, Swaziland, will tell about their work and how Hospice Care Buckets are being used to share the gospel. Plan to bring a bucket!
Terry Sharp, Urban Mobilization Strategist, International Mission Board will share insights on reaching the nations in our midst.
Meet Ron and Marilyn Leonard, along with Molly the Therapy Dog, as they share about their ministry to military men and women. The Leonard’s are NAMB MSC missionaries living in Hermitage, TN.
Ruth Ripken will be with us for a special preview showing of the new “Insanity of God” movie. If you read the book, you will not want to miss hearing Ruth and seeing the movie on Friday evening. This brand new movie will be released later in 2016. We are showing it by special arrangement with the IMB.
Benita Decker, Minister of Music, Farmdale Baptist Church, Frankfort will lead the music for our missions celebration.  Melody Stafford will be our pianist.
The Childress Family singers will present a gospel concert at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening. Come for a time of  worship and great music by this family group from Madisonville.
Kentucky missionaries will be featured through conferences on both Friday and Saturday. The Missionary of the Year Award and commissioning service for new Kentucky missionaries will take place in the Saturday morning session.
Donna Fegenbush will be on hand to portray Eliza Broadus! Get your picture with “Eliza.” There will also be a photo booth at registration with life size pictures of Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong. Bring your camera (or smart phone).

Children/Students are especially invited to attend on Saturday morning for a special time with the Leonard’s and Molly at 9:00 a.m.

A boxed lunch will be served on Friday. Preregistration required.  Cost $9.00.

Missionary Parents are invited to gather in Room 113 during lunch for a time of sharing. If you are a missionary parent, just bring your boxed lunch and join the group.

Baptist Nursing Fellowship will have a supper meeting on Friday at 5:00 p.m. This is open to all nurses and medical professionals. At the same time, current and former members of the Kentucky WMU Executive Board will gather for a special meal. Preregistration required for both groups. Cost is $12.00.

An offering for Kentucky WMU ministries to missionaries will be received during the Missions Celebration. We receive the offering in the Friday morning, evening, and Saturday morning sessions. NEW this year: If you are not able to attend the Annual Meeting, please consider sending a $10 gift for the offering with someone else who will be attending. You may also mail in your offering or give online: www.kywmu.org/givenow.

There are two ministry projects this year.  First, fhe Bucket Project returns! Kentucky Baptists collected over 3000 buckets in 2014 and will collect hospice care buckets for Baptist Global Response again in 2016. Bring completed buckets to our Missions Celebration. Disaster Relief volunteers will load the buckets onto a truck for shipment to the port selected by Baptist Global Response. Note: Please use only the updated bucket shopping list which has changed. Also, a $10 donation per bucket is requested to help defray shipping costs.

A collection of needed food items by Breaking Bread Ministry will also be received during the meeting.  Help meet the needs of people in the Madisonville area.

There will be a special Heritage Fund mailbox on site where you can leave Heritage Fund donations and a card to be sent to the person you would like to honor with a gift or to the family of a person you would like to remember through your gift.  Bring your address book!

For Registration, a printable information piece, and other information, go to: www.kywmu.org/annualmeeting

The Kentucky WMU Missions Celebration/Annual Meeting is the gathering place for people who care about missions. Join us!

PS: If you would like to receive other information from Kentucky WMU by email and are not already signed up, please subscribe. kywmu.org/subscribe

KY_WMU_notag_large   Kentucky WMU – Helping churches learn,pray, give, go, and send!

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