Two join South Carolina WMU staff

Lauren Morris and Hannah Smith joined the South Carolina Woman’s Missionary Union staff in February. Morris will serve as student consultant, and Smith will serve as adult consultant. Morris has six years of missions experience with the International Mission Board and North American Mission Board. A graduate of North Greenville University, she earned a Master of […]

WMU’s ‘Because of Hope’ shares stories from 50 SBC leaders

Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director-treasurer for the national Woman’s Missionary Union, hopes the organization’s new book, “Because of Hope: Reflections of Faith,” will help Southern Baptists find hope in the midst of despair. The book was produced as a way to emphasize WMU’s theme for their curriculum in the years 2022-2024, which is hope in Christ. […]

Archer named exec. director of South Carolina WMU in historic action

Jess Archer of Alexandria, La., has been selected as the next leader of South Carolina Woman’s Missionary Union. Her appointment on July 13 is historic as she becomes the first African-American woman to serve as their executive director-treasurer. Archer, who has served on the Louisiana Baptist Convention staff since 2013, will succeed Laurie Register, who […]

WMU and its foundation assist area groups helping Ukrainian refugees

Woman’s Missionary Union and the WMU Foundation have sent two HEART Fund grants to aid Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion. Turlac Mission in Moldova received a $25,000 grant. Moldova shares 759 miles of border with Ukraine, and more than 25,000 refugees crossed the border in the first week of the conflict, according to Oleg […]

Dixon, new national WMU president, has heart for ‘God’s great mission’

When friends and colleagues describe Connie Dixon, one observation that repeatedly pops up is her deep love for missions.As the newly elected president of national Woman’s Missionary Union, Dixon will draw on her years of missions commitment and service to help lead WMU’s focus on “making disciples of Jesus who live on mission.”A lifelong member […]

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering hits cumulative $5 billion

International Mission Board leaders are celebrating a monumental milestone in Southern Baptist life. On March 31, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering surpassed $5 billion total gifts since collection to send missionaries to China began in 1888. “I praise God for this significant milestone in giving through the Lottie Moon offering as it indicates that the […]

WMU approves reduced budget, 12 accept voluntary retirement offer

Twelve national Woman’s Missionary Union staff members opted to accept the voluntary retirement offer announced by the organization in early August, and WMU board members approved a 2020-21 budget that is down approximately $1 million from the 2019-20 budget, which was $5.8 million. Both of these developments came as a result of a decline in […]

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering total exceeds goal at $159.5M

The International Mission Board is reporting a 2019-20 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering total of $159.5 million, the second highest offering in history. This total exceeds by $4.5 million the 175-year-old organization’s budgeted goal of $155 million. IMB also received $97.2 million from the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program for 2019-20. “I’m thrilled to report that […]

Kathleen Mallory: A ‘Lingering Fragrance’ in Missions History

Over the last 20 years, when Rosalie Hall Hunt wrote books about missions trailblazers like Fannie E.S. Heck, Ann Judson and Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend, a name that kept coming up in her research was Kathleen Mallory. Hunt said that Mallory, the longest-serving executive leader in the history of Woman’s Missionary Union, remains a “steady echo” […]

WMU announces voluntary retirement plan amid COVID financial crisis

In response to a decline in sales due to COVID-19, national WMU has announced it is offering a voluntary retirement plan to staff. “We have worked incredibly hard over the past several years to ‘right size’ our organization based on revenue projections,” said Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director of national WMU. “With two difficult back-to-back downsizings […]