“Building a Legacy through Missions Education” — Est. January 1909
Director: Peggy J. Jones
(843) 855-0787 or (843) 248-9358
email: [email protected]
CHURCHES ARE INVITED . . .
Join Waccamaw Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) in fulfilling its purpose: to inspire, challenge, and educate boys and girls, men and women.
A new church year; a new WMU Emphasis:
2018-2020 WMU: UNSHAKABLE PURSUIT
based upon Acts 17:16-28 CEV, with the watchword from 1 Corinthians 15:58 CEV.
to know God more, to show His love unconditionally, and to make disciples who make disciples as we provide opportunities to explore this new emphasis.
Baptist Nursing Fellowship
BNF® provides a way for nurses and other health-care professionals to use their gifts to serve others through a variety of ministry opportunities. Waccamaw BNF is three years of age and welcomes new members. Express your interest by email: [email protected].
A Word from Peggy Jones,
WBA WMU Director
WMU News April 2020
Did you notice the wind as February gave way to March? Did you at a particular time feel the strong force of the wind? I did, and was reminded of these words I heard as a child: “…in like a lion, out like a lamb.” This, of course, referred to the March winds which, as a child, were useful for flying kites, running like the wind, and allowing your mind to believe, imagine you were as fast as the wind! Ah, those days just ahead of spring, how beautiful!
Even more beautiful is the picture of God’s love, displayed on the cross borne by His son, Jesus Christ. This year, Easter is a little behind the blooms of the azalea, daffodil, and other spring flowers. We experienced the Season of Prayer for International missions March 1-8. As we felt the March wind, we waited with trust and hope the arrival of Palm Sunday and Easter on April 5 and 12, respectively, and the 2020 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. Continue to pray for the featured NAMB missionaries as they struggle to share the hope of the gospel while encountering refugees and internationals, working with individuals in poverty, and ministering to individuals caught in human trafficking and children touched by foster care and adoption. “It’s All about the Gospel” based on 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, was the theme.
Had chaos not settled upon the world (Coronavirus), we would have joined a multitude at South Main Baptist Church, Greenwood, on March 27-28, 2020, for the South Carolina WMU’s Missions Encounter and Annual Meeting. A time of celebration, fellowship, encouragement, and challenge was planned by SC WMU. Attendees would have heard about missions in Central Asia, visited exhibits, attended break-out conferences, and participated in mission action and mission support projects. After the session, the SC Baptist Nursing Fellowship would have held its 2020 annual meeting at TW Boons, Greenwood, SC, for a time of fellowship, business, and good food. That meeting, along with other events, was cancelled due to circumstances.
We had asked that you make plans for the Camp La Vida Work Days (April 4 & April 18), to organize a crew and be prepared for blessings beyond imagination as you joined other volunteers to make Camp La Vida ready for camping in June and July for boys & girls. That opportunity was closed to us by Coronavirus; however, WE STILL CAN PRAY! Pray that Camp will open as scheduled; pray for campers to have positive experiences as they make new friends, engage with old friends, work, play, and have encounters with God through missionaries and other individuals whom He will place in their paths during their days at Camp La Vida.
Another “can’t miss” opportunity! Leaders, take your girls (5th and 6th grades) and (7th through 12th ) to Blume. In July this year, travel to Tennessee for a life-changing experience through Romans 12:1-2 and so much more. Keep checking the SC WMU website for details!
Last but not least, we had invited you to join Waccamaw WMU at its 2020 Spring Meeting, Celebrate: A Worthy Pursuit, on Monday, April 6, with special guests Pastor Joel Thrasher, retired IMB missionary, and Laurie Register, SC WMU Executive Director, hosted by Conway First Baptist. Registration would open at 5:00 pm; meal ($5.00 payable at the door) at 5:30 pm, followed by the meeting. This gathering ended a year-long observance marking 110 years of missions “along and beyond” the Waccamaw. If you had missed the March 26 deadline to RSVP, you still could have sent Pat an e-mail or given her a call with a headcount! Pat Barnett at [email protected] or 843 347 6159.
Pursuant to directives in place and in consultation with our leadership team and members of local and state missions organizations, the decision was made to cancel the Waccamaw WMU 2020 Spring Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 6, 2020, hosted by Conway First Baptist Church. While we were disappointed in having to make this decision, we must “…. trust in the Lord, lean not on our own understanding, but acknowledge Him to direct our paths, ….” Pray that our leaders’ thoughts and actions be so guided. We shall share plans with you as they are made and finalized.
We praise God for His blessings upon us; we pray for His will to be done; we pray for His grace, mercy, and guidance in these difficult days; we pray not just for us, but for the world. Waccamaw WMU appreciates each of you as we remain UNSHAKABLE in our pursuit to know God more; to show His love unconditionally, and to make disciples who make disciples.
God Bless. Peggy J Jones, Waccamaw WMU Director April 2020
A CHALLENGE TO ONE & ALL:
engage a student (or non-student) Coastal Carolina University Campus or elsewhere.
ask God to guide you to step into the world around you;
pray for Him to lead you to cultivate relationships;
seek ways to provide opportunities to demonstrate the love of Christ.
Wait and See what magnificent things will be accomplished by Him through you!
We know churches within Waccamaw Association are actively on mission for God. Please share what you are doing and how God has been working through you and your groups! Send pictures and summary to [email protected].