The First Baptist Church WMU meets the first Monday, of each month at 6PM. Please join us!
A Little History About the Southern Baptist Convention WMU: WMU was founded in 1888 as an auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Convention for the purpose of “stimulating the missionary spirit” and “collecting funds” for the mission boards. These were the two original stated jobs for which women organized. Much has changed since 1888. But one thing has remained a constant for 122 years—our singular focus remains on missions.
Our Vision Statement sums up our missional focus: WMU challenges Christian
believers to understand and be radically involved in the mission of God.
Throughout our history, WMU has always been an auxiliary—or helper—to the
Southern Baptist Convention by Supporting Missionaries. As those involved in WMU
organizations learn about missions and the peoples of the world, they learn that in addition to prayer for our missionaries and their work, they need our financial support as well.
WMU continues to actively promote giving to the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention and to our two missions offerings. In 2009, WMU helped raise nearly $149 million to support international missions through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, and has helped raise more than $3.3 billion to support international missions work since initiating the first offering in 1888. In 2009, WMU also helped raise $56.6 million for missions work in North America through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®. This offering began in 1907, and receipts since inception total more than $1.2 billion through 2009. WMU does not receive any money from either one of these missions offerings.
WMU is grateful to Southern Baptists for their support. Together with WMU leaders and supporters around the world, we are steadfast in our commitment to equip even more individuals in our churches for a greater understanding and involvement in missions.