In 1888, a handful of women dedicated to the cause of missions founded Woman’s Missionary Union. Since that time, WMU has become the Protestant organization for women in the world, with membership of approximately 1 million. WMU also was first and remains the alrgest body of organized laity in the Southern Baptist Convention.
Who We Are
For more than 125 years, WMU has devoted itself to making disciples of Jesus who live on mission. We are dedicated to working with churches and believers to accomplish the mission of God.
Christians have a part in upholding the cause of missions, maintain mission work, and encouraging missions personnel.
For the believer, spiritual development involves growing in our relationship with Jesus Christ. It involves day-to-day living that applies and carries our the missions imperatives of God’s Word.
The women’s efforts to raise money for the two mission boards are known today as the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for the international missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering of North American Missions. The Christmas offering originated in 1888 and was named for Lottie Moon in 1918. The Easter offering originated in 1895 and was named for Annie Armstrong in 1934. The two offerings remained women’s offerings until 1956, when WMU agreed to promote the offerings church wide. By the end of 1998, WMU had helped lead Southern Baptists to contribute nearly $2.5 billion to the two offerings.
- Pray for Missions
- Take part in missions action and witnessing
- Learn about missions
- Support missions
- Develop spiritually toward a missions lifestyle
- Take part in the work of the church and in the Southern Baptist denomination
WMU’s organizations teach adults, teenagers, children, and preschoolers about the work of missionaries. They provide opportunities to participate in missions projects and to develop a missions lifestyle.
Every church is different. Some have children’s organization. Some begin with adult organizations. Others begin with activities, events, or projects for the entire church. The main goal is START where you are, then grow.
What Can WMU Do For My Church
At Concord, we have an adult organization, although we welcome young adults that would be interested in joining our WMU group. Our mission here at our local WMU is to make a difference and go where God leads us.
Our WMU Goal: To remember the forgotten
Just to name a few of the missions our Concord WMU have accomplished are:
- Feeding the homeless
- Providing supplies and baby blankets for Falcon Children’s Home new wing
- Providing medical supplies to disabled members of our church
- Remembering our Fathers at Father’s Day with gifts. We started this in our church.
- Annual event at Christmas, we make gifts and take to local nursing homes
- With much thanks and appreciation to Mrs. Gentry, we were able to give hundreds of blankets to nursing home residents
- We deliver annually our fruit baskets to our church shut-ins as well as others in the community. (The Week before Thanksgiving)
- We provided residents of a local Group Home gifts that they wrote on their Christmas list. Young and older residents there and the only Christmas they had.
- We lead up the BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES drives annually in August thru early September and give to local school that the children do not have supplies.
- We made a donation to local women in Stedman that were going overseas on a missions trip.
- We sent CARE BOXES to a troop from Ft.Bragg stationed in Iraq. Two weeks after they recieved the box, one of the troops was killed there.
- We sent a CARE BOX to the daughter of one of our church members while stationed overseas for six months. We wanted her to know she was not forgotten at our church.
- We have donated money for families that are in financial need.
- We give to Lottie moon and Annie Armstrong offerings
- Donated clothes to Hurricane victims
These are just some of the missions we have accomplished here at Concord.
We would love to have any of our Concord ladies, young and older, come and be a part of our WMU group.
“And do not forget to do good and share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16