Announcing Tamiko Jones as the New Executive Director - Treasurer
by Liz Encinia on October 6, 2017 in womans missionary union
WMU of Texas is excited to announce that Tamiko Jones of Arlington, Texas is the new executive director-treasurer effective November 1, 2017. She comes to this position with a wealth of missions and ministry experience plus business expertise.
Meandering Down Hallowed Paths
by Sandy Wisdom-Martin, Guest Author on May 26, 2017 in womans missionary union
Written by Sandy Wisdom-Martin, Executive-Director WMU SBC
According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs website, several cities claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day celebrations. One of those happens to be Carbondale, Illinois, where I attended college, and home of Major General John A. Logan. In 1868, Logan declared there should be a national Decoration Day (later named Memorial Day). Logan’s orders proclaimed, “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance . . . Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and... [continue]
The Learn by Listening Dance
by Teri Dowell Ussery, Guest Author on May 16, 2017 in womans missionary union
The Learn by Listening Dance
By Teri Dowell Ussery
I love to ballroom dance. Gliding effortlessly across the floor. Being swept away by the music. In the arms of a partner whose only job is to make me look beautiful.
Believe it or not, James’ letter to a bunch of early Jesus-believing Jews contained a dance as well.
“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires” (James 1:19-20).
His letter is intended to help us put steps to our souls and feet to our faith. Having a belief that... [continue]
Annual Meeting Impacted My Family
by Carol Dorman, Associational WMU Director on March 28, 2017 in womans missionary union
I was so impressed by last years theme and scripture Joshua 4:6 "that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying What do these stones mean to you."
After Rick and I came home from the state meeting last year, I was impressed by the Lord to put stones in a clear bowl, marked with each or our family's name and the date they were saved. All of my immediate family (children, spouses and grandchildren) are saved by the blood of Jesus, Jesus as their personal Savior, except for the 2 youngest grands. (and they will be one day!)
But I sent an email asking my children and their spouse what one or two... [continue]
Annual Meeting Changed Everything
by Liz Encinia, Missional Lifestyle Strategist on March 20, 2017 in womans missionary union
WMU’s 2016 Annual Meeting provided a wonderful time of worship, learning, and encouragement. For grown up GA, JoAnn Lira, it was life changing- and she wasn’t even there! While we gathered to hear from NAMB missionary Andrew Mann and his missionary dog Proof, JoAnn was in her 5th grade dual language classroom praying. JoAnn knew the Lord called her to children’s ministry at a young age. He prepared her by placing mentors in her life who would instill in her a love for the Lord that would overflow to the children she was ministering to and eventually teaching. Unsure of what the next step was, JoAnn knew that God was letting... [continue]
Impacting Lives, Transforming Generations
by Becky Ellison, Texas CWJC/CMJC Consultant on February 22, 2017 in womans missionary union
In 1994, Dellanna O'Brien, Executive Director of WMU, SBC was riding with a directors of missions (DOM) on the way to the airport after an associational meeting. He was telling his story of being a young boy growing up poor in the very area he was called to served. His widowed mother moved the family to town to secure a job just a block away from the Baptist church that would become his second family. When he graduated from high school, one woman from the church asked him what he planned to do. His quick response was, “Work for a year to save money for college.” Church members stepped up and helped pay for four years of college... [continue]
Civility. The Impossible Task?
by Carolyn Porterfield, Interim Executive Director-Treasurer on February 7, 2017 in womans missionary union
Civility. The Impossible Task?
What words would you use to describe the discourse in our nation today? Several years ago I read Os Guinness’ book, The Case for Civility. With these words,he paints the reason we need a return to civility. “Name-calling, insult, ridicule, guilt by association, caricature, innuendo, accusation, denunciation, negative ads, and deceptive and manipulative videos have replaced deliberation and debate. Neither side talks to the other side, only about them.”
As Christ followers, we have the opportunity to speak into the conversation in a different way, with politeness and respect saturated with the... [continue]
by Liz Encinia, Missional Lifestyle Strategist on January 11, 2017 in womans missionary union
WMU of Texas Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration is coming to Midland, TX March 31 – April 1. We know what you might be thinking, “Midland is too far!” While it might not be in your neck of the woods, we don’t want you to miss out on this great missions experience. Bring the men and women in your life, whether from your small group, missions group, missions discipleship leaders, close friends, or family members.
Be inspired and challenged by Delvin Atchison, Daniel “Tiny” Dominguez, Rebecca Epley, Jason Bishop, Marsha Harvell, Deirdre LaNoue, Kerri Johnson, and special guest Sandy... [continue]
Rio Grande Valley family sees bright future constructed just outside its doorstep
by John Hall, Buckner International on November 9, 2016 in womans missionary union
PEÑITAS, Texas – Maria Luisa Morales’ future was so close, it was right outside the front door of the aging one-room travel trailer that currently serve as home for her family of six. Her future was being constructed before her eyes, nail by nail, board by board by a group of volunteer women who are building her new three-bedroom home.
Nearly 20 women through Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas worked from sunrise past sunset building the home for the Morales family from scratch. With sweat on their brows, the women raised the walls, built the roof, hung and painted the siding and finished out the home.
“I just can’t believe this... [continue]
Wisdom-Martin sees new national role as ‘an act of obedience’
by Ken Camp, Managing Editor, Baptist Standard on August 17, 2016 in womans missionary union
DALLAS—When friends approached Sandy Wisdom-Martin about being considered as the next executive director of national Woman’s Missionary Union, she recalled having “a long list of valid reasons” why she should not.
Sandy Wisdom-Martin found joy in her role as executive director-treasurer of Woman's Missionary Union of Texas and grew to love the staff.
She was happy in her role as executive director-treasurer of Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas and loves the people with whom she works. Her husband, Frank, is a hospice social worker who finds deep satisfaction in his ministry. Her daughter, Hannah, starts her senior year of high... [continue]
Missions Discipleship...A Life-Shaping Experience
by Carolyn Porterfield, Missional Lifestyle Strategist on May 11, 2016 in womans missionary union
She has been in my life for over 20 years. Watching her grow from a girl into a mature young woman has been so much fun. Beautiful, funny, warm, loving, smart and wise are all words that describe my friend. Not having children of my own I feel blessed that her parents invited me into their family. Lots of great conversation happened around the dinner table as we shared together who Jesus is and how He is at work in the world around us.
Kara was introduced to Christ at a very early age. She became more aware of His work around the world through missions discipleship in her teen years. It was on a mission trip where she met her... [continue]
Double Your Missions Gift
by Liz Encinia, Missional Lifestyle Strategist on March 18, 2016 in womans missionary union
Through 2018, the Texas TTT Endowment will benefit Missionary Kids (MKs). Each year, WMU of Texas sets aside $6,000 to help Texas MKs returning stateside attend the MK Re-Entry Retreat. WMU of Texas will host the national event in 2018. This retreat has all the features of a weekend camp experience along with time for MKs to immerse themselves back into life in the United States. For many, this event offers a great opportunity for them to fellowship with other MKs, learn current affairs, and be loved on by WMU. The average cost for travel per MK is $350.
In 2016 the Texas Touch Tomorrow Today (TTT) Endowment received a... [continue]
by Sandy Wisdom-Martin, WMU of Texas Executive Director-Treasurer on March 3, 2016 in womans missionary union
We have a tremendous opportunity to support the future of missions in our state while we honor the legacy of a WMU of Texas leader.
Jeane Law loved Texas and missions. Joy Fenner says of Jeane, "My favorite memories include Jeane's genuine love for missionaries and their kids. It began when she was a Sunbeam (preschool missions organization). It grew and developed as she grew. That love expressed itself in multiple ways and continued throughout her entire life."
Introducing The 2016 National Acteen Panelists From Texas
by Vicky Hernandez, 2015 National Acteen Panelist on February 16, 2016 in womans missionary union
Every year, Woman's Missionary Union® chooses a handful of young women to serve as National Acteen Panelist. The girls that are chosen as Panelist obtain qualities that show leadership, serving hearts, and a strong relationship with Christ.
The 2016 National Acteen Panelist consists of three girls from the state of Texas. Hannah Hutton from Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Jemima Louis from Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston, and Ana Sandoval from Freeman Heights Baptist Church in Garland.
As a former Panelist, I know that this opportunity will open many doors for these girls. Getting the chance to go to the national annual... [continue]
We joined Christian Women's and Christian Men's Job Corps
by Pam Moore, Literacy ConneXus on February 9, 2016 in womans missionary union
Imagine enrolling in a job corps program and having your entire life transformed. That's exactly what happens to many who pass through CWJC and CMJC. Program participants receive training in life skills and job readiness, and, along the way, gain self-confidence, purpose, direction, and hope for the future. What a deal!
Naturally, we wanted in on the action. Henry Blackaby said, "Watch to see where God is working and join Him in His work." A generous grant from the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation gave us the resources to collaborate with CWJC/CMJC in its education emphasis. Our goal is to connect leaders and... [continue]
Go Now Missions: Where college students are sharing the Gospel 365 days a year
by Leah Reynolds on September 7, 2015 in great commission
Go Now Missions sends college students to the mission field 365 days a year through semester, summer and Christmas break trips. Since 1946, Texas Baptists have sent 9,820 student missionaries across the state, country and world. The ministry is made possible by funds given through the Mary Hill Davis Offering. The Week of Prayer for Texas Missions and the Mary Hill Davis Offering is September 13-20, 2015. Click here for resources for your church to help promote this special offering in your church.
Cloe Veldhuis, a student at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, served as a Go Now missionary in the Philippines this past... [continue]
River Ministry in Piedras Negras: Where compassionate ministry transformed a community
by Leah Reynolds on August 31, 2015 in great commandment
Texas Baptists River Ministry connects and assigns churches to specific projects along the Texas/Mexico border as well as in the top 10 most populated cities of Mexico. The ministry is made possible by funds given through the Mary Hill Davis Offering. The Week of Prayer for Texas Missions and the Mary Hill Davis Offering is September 13-20, 2015. Click here for resources for your church to help promote this special offering in your church.
In some parts of Mexico, families often choose to live with physical discomforts in order to avoid pricey medical care. Medical equipment such as examination machinery, wheelchairs and... [continue]
Special Friends Retreat: Where worship is pure
by Leah Reynolds on August 24, 2015 in great commission
The Special Friends Retreats are made possible by funds given through the Mary Hill Davis Offering. The Week of Prayer for Texas Missions and the Mary Hill Davis Offering is September 13-20, 2015. Click here for resources for your church to help promote this special offering in your church.
Worship is anything but mundane at the annual Special Friends Retreat, hosted by Texas Baptists' Childhood Discipleship Department. Smiles, laughter and joyful tears are evident all weekend long amongst the campers, who all face mental disabilities.
For 29 years, the Special Friends Retreat has welcomed special needs people over the age... [continue]
A fire set ablaze at the WMU annual meeting
by Leah Reynolds on April 22, 2015 in news
Wasn't it like a fire burning in us when he talked to us on the road and explained the Scripture to us? Luke 24:32, GNT
For her birthday last year, IMB missionary Staci Powers' most treasured gift was having her husband hold her hands without letting go. The fact that he had forgotten it was her birthday did not matter at that moment.
Four days later, on July 10, 2014, Staci held her husband Jeff's hands for the last time as cancer took over his body.
Last weekend, Staci boldly stood on stage at the Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) of Texas Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration, fighting back tears as she told her story.... [continue]
Sixty quilts handmade and delivered with love
by Leah Reynolds on July 22, 2014 in news
VILLA FRANCA, Spain - Even when verbal communication seems impossible, there's one language that is spoken by all: love. It can be spoken through hugs, laughter and 60 quilts hand-made by Texas Baptist women.
The quilts were a part of Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) of Texas initiative "Covered with Love" in which they presented the request for 50 quilts for the Evangelical Baptist Retirement Home in Villa Franca, Spain.
Together women within WMU, Texas Baptist staff, and local Baptist churches, donated their time and their stitching skills to the cause. Within five months, they finished more quilts than needed and prayed over each... [continue]
It all starts with faith in yourself
by Kara Kistner on February 28, 2014 in womans missionary union
GARLAND - On January 14th, Nayely Vallejo received a call, the call she had been waiting for for a long time. "Congratulations" is all she heard and she knew that all her praying and putting her faith in God paid off. The call she received was recognition that she had been one of four selected to serve as a National Acteens Panelist, and the only one selected from Texas.
"I began to cry happy tears," said Nayely.
With the start of her senior year, she could feel that God was going to do great things in her life. Following that one call, good news keep coming: she never could have imagined that it all started with gaining the courage... [continue]