Woman’s Missionary Union Celebrates 131 Years With Mission and Learning Activities

Kaipookalani “Titah” Castillo teaches a hula dance class on the second day of the two-day Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) Missions Celebration at the WMU headquarters in Birmingham, Ala. The WMU offered 131 mission experiences throughout the day as part of its 131st year of missions. Photo by Van Payne

Nathan Bailey, 14, enjoyed the knot-tying the most, and his 12-year-old sister Naomi had fun learning the Hawaiian hula dance.

The brother and sister from Winterville (Ga.) First Baptist Church were among the more than 750 people at the Woman’s Missionary Union headquarters Monday, June 10. There, they decided among more than 131 mission and learning activities, which correlated with WMU’s 131st anniversary.

Nathan and Naomi joined in the WMU activities because their mother Jennifer Bailey wanted them to experience missions learning and a love of missions like she grew up with at church.

Nathan noted, “I learned a lot of mission things … and the history of the Baptist church and evangelizing. I learned about missions in the activities and not from the pages of a notebook.” For Naomi, the Hawaiian Hula taught her movements that said, “Jesus loves me.” “The teacher used a lot of moves to worship the one true God,” she added.

Some of the other mission projects featured packing and stuffing items into boxes and backpacks. Families packed 500 hygiene relief kits for Baptist Global Response (BGR) and meals for children in need for the Florida Baptist Children’s Home in Jacksonville, Fla., with its campaign called “One More Child.” Others made cards for backpacks to be given out by the New Orleans Baptist Friendship House.

The Underground Church experience with the Arkansas WMU led participants down different routes through the WMU building into the basement. There, attendees experienced a lifelike simulation of an underground church in a restricted country.

In addition to the knot-tying, other activities geared to church children’s groups included baking Lottie Moon cookies and painting rice bowls, which are used for traditional Greek food, as a learning tool about refugees with IMB missionaries.

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Source: Baptist Press