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WMU tagline invites women to discover the joy of missions


ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)–The introduction of a new tagline and approval of several business items topped the agenda for the June 10 executive board meeting of Woman’s Missionary Union, auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Convention.

In the absence of a president, WMU vice president Roena Stone of Riverton, Wyo., presided during the semi-annual business session of the organization. Stone is president of the Wyoming WMU. National WMU president Wanda S. Lee resigned March 1 when she became WMU’s seventh executive director/treasurer.

“Discover the Joy of Missions” was debuted during the meeting as the new tagline for the national organization. Scott Goggins, marketing specialist for WMU, SBC, explained that the tagline was selected from a number of choices because it best described WMU and its purpose.

“Discover,” he said is inviting and challenging and taps into people’s desire to learn and grow. “Joy” communicates the uplifting and fulfilling nature of work done through WMU while also expressing spirituality and hope. “Missions,” is the focus or essence of the WMU, he said.

In her remarks to the WMU executive board and a host of guests, Lee also reminded the audience that missions is the focus of WMU.

“Missions is our purpose,” she said. “How you are organized in each state or the activities you do may be different, but we all come back together on missions. God directed missions — we can rally together there.”

Lee also reminded the audience of WMU’s vision statement and core values. The WMU vision statement says, “WMU seeks to challenge Christian believers to be radically involved in the mission of God.” The core values are:

— We uphold the foundational principles of the priesthood of every believer and the autonomy and uniqueness of each local church in carrying out the Great Commission.

— We embrace the strategic role of prayer and giving for missionaries and missions needs.

— We partner with other Great Commission Christians to lead a lost world to Christ.

— We believe that Jesus Christ, Son of God, gave His life a sacrifice for the salvation of all people of the world, fulfilling God’s plan for the ages as revealed in the Bible, God’s Holy Word.

— We recognize the role of family in discipleship and missions development.

— We accept responsibility for developing and equipping missions leaders.

— We accept responsibility for nurturing preschoolers, children, youth, and adults in missions.

— We recognize the giftedness of women and girls and accept the responsibility to help them use their gifts in serving Christ.

— We accept the biblical mandate to respond to human need with actions modeled by Jesus Christ and with the message of God’s redemptive plan.

“These are the things we said that we would die for,” Lee said, recalling the discussion of the board at their adoption. “I believe these are the things to which God would have us hold fast and affirm.”

Lee received a standing ovation from the audience when she concluded.

Among the items approved by the executive board were:

— a report from the MissionsCast committee which among other things, recommended the emphasis, God’s Plan … My Part, for 2002-2004, and restorative justice as the social issue during that some time period.

— a report detailing the achievement plan for Children in Action, WMU’s coed organization for children.

— the 2001 offering goal of $120 million for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions and the 2002 goal of $50 million for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions.
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