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WMU awards $106,784 in grants for women’s missions work

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–The executive board of Woman’s Missionary Union awarded $78,245 in Second Century Fund grants and $28,539 in scholarships during the organization’s national board meeting Jan. 11-14 at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega, Ala.

The Second Century Fund is a permanent endowment created by WMU during its centennial year in 1988 and managed by the WMU Foundation. The purpose of the Second Century Fund is to provide annual grant support for leadership development of women participating in missions around the world. Since 1988, WMU has awarded more than $1.1 million in grants through this fund.

“The WMU Foundation exists to support the mission that God has entrusted to WMU,” said David George, the foundation’s president. “It is our great privilege to participate in the distribution of these grants and scholarships, along with many others, as part of our partnership with this wonderful organization.”

Of the 23 grants awarded this year, three were allocated to international projects and 20 went to projects in North America.

The grants for international initiatives, with dollar amounts, were awarded to projects in Moldova, $2,000; Lebanon, $5,000; and Kenya, $3,500.

WMU organizations receiving grants, by state or province and dollar amounts, are: Canada, $3,400; Alaska, $3,500; Arizona, $4,500; California, $3,000; Colorado, $3,500; Dakota, $4,500; District of Columbia, $3,500; Iowa, $1,000; Kansas-Nebraska, $3,500; Michigan, $3,000; Minnesota-Wisconsin, $2,800; Montana, $4,000; Nevada, $2,900; New England, $2,985; New York, $2,000; Ohio, $5,500; Pennsylvania-South Jersey, $3,000; West Virginia, $4,700; Wyoming, $3,960; and the national WMU camping retreat, $2,500.

In addition to Second Century Fund grants, the executive board awarded 22 scholarships with 14 designated to children of missionaries serving through the International or North American Mission boards.

For more information on the Second Century Fund, call toll-free 1-877-482-4483 or visit www.wmufoundation.com.