MISSIONS INVOLVEMENT . . . IS THE KEY TO HELPING WOMEN FIT THE WHOLE WORLD INTO THEIR HEARTS.
SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS MOTIVATE PEOPLE TO CONSIDER MISSIONS INVOLVEMENT.
Begin today to ask God to help you develop a women’s ministry that will prepare women to hear God’s call, that will equip them to answer that call and that will nurture a heart willing to follow that call. Challenge the women in your church to participate in a mission trip and/or to develop an ongoing mission project with people in your city.
The preparation process, the going and the growing can most certainly transform women’s lives - thereby transforming your women’s ministry.
MISSION RESOURCES ARE AT THE CHURCH’S DISPOSAL:
- Director of Missions/Associational Missionaries
- State Convention – missions personnel and resources
- WMU OF NC AND BAPTIST MEN
- Working with other churches in your area – sharing ideas and developing joint projects – gives more volunteers and resources.
- Various Levels of Involvement: bringing canned goods and food to a church gathering to hands-on missions at a soup kitchen or clothing closet.
FIND CREATIVE WAYS TO INCORPORATE MISSIONS INVOLVEMENT INTO EACH WOMEN’S PROGRAM.
SEEK GOD’S WILL FOR MISSIONS EMPHASES AND INVOLVEMENT IN YOUR WOMEN’S MINISTRY.
The very heartbeat of missions is involvement. The way to reach younger women is going to be through “hands-on” involvement. We live in a world that is very busy and very time conscious. What we do in our meeting has got to be relevant and worth the time of the woman who is coming. Just sitting in a circle and listening to a program being read is not going to cut it in today’s world. We must be people that are doing.
One example of missions is the vital involvement of people in our North Carolina WMU led Women’s Prison Ministry. For over twenty five years NC WMU has led the way in ministering to women who have been incarcerated. Each fall we have a retreat for the women inmates at Camp Mundo Vista. This entire retreat is led by volunteers in WMU. Bible Study, Crafts, Worship, Recreation, Music – all aspects of the retreat are led by yes, people just like you. And each year we see inmates receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Other inmates make recommitments of their life to God. We’ve even seen officials that come with the women inmates make decisions for Christ.
We also provide red boxes for the women’s prisons each Christmas. The contents are items that associations collect and contribute. Soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, chap stick, ink pens, socks, gloves, chewing gum, candy, scripture leaflets, Christmas Cards – all these are put into the box and sent to the women’s prisons . . . over 1,450 boxes sent last year. And it takes volunteers to contribute the items, volunteers to sort and count the items, volunteers to make sure the items are the correct size and the correct container and volunteers to put the boxes together and pack the boxes. The notes and letters we get back from the inmates who receive the boxes make it all worthwhile.
Statements like “this is the only gift I get at Christmas” or “my family does not even visit or write to me and yet, you women who don’t even know me take the time to send me this box” or “I cried when I received my red box because I know it was sent with love from you”.
WMU of North Carolina provides resources, training, events, consultations and networking for women in the Baptist churches of our state.
Women need to inhale and exhale . . . This is necessary for life.
I urge women, “Don’t forget to inhale which is growing spiritually, studying and praying for misisons, but Don’t forget to exhale – get involved in missions and ministry.”
“Consumption without contribution makes for a stuffed Christian.”
“Contribution without consumption makes for a shallow Christian.”