Women’s Missionary Union
What is WMU?
WMU is a Southern Baptist Organization which was first organized in 1888. At First Baptist, our WMU serves alng side our MPACT ministries. We continue to support missionaries and missions through prayer, giving, and service.
PRAYER- WMU supports missionaries and missions through avid intercessory prayer.
GIVING- WMU supports the following offerings through giving to the Global Mission Fund:
• Lottie Moon (International Offering)
• Annie Armstrong (North American Offering)
• Janie Chapman (State Offering)
• Evelyn Henderson (Spartanburg Network Offering)
SERVICE- WMU supports living a missional lifestyle through service.
How do I get Involved?
At First Baptist we have the following age-level groups under the umbrella of our WMU:
-Women on Mission (WOM): This group is composed of adult women of all ages. It meets once a month, and it is currently meeting. Monthly Information can be found by clicking here.
The MPACT KIDS age-level organizations list below are not currently meeting due to COVID-19. We will update the website as soon as they resume.
-MPACT Kids: Preschool Mission Friends (Birth-5k) Meets on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. contact person for this group is Martha Blackstone email@example.com
-MPACT Kids: Elementary (Grade 1-5) Meets on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. contact person for this group is Greg Springsteen firstname.lastname@example.org
-MPACT Kids: Powersurge (Grade 6) Meets on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. contact person for this group is Greg Springsteen email@example.com
-On Missions Moms: Our On Mission Moms are moms of preschoolers and young children who seek to use this season of life to instill a love for Jesus and service to others. To learn more check out the Mission Moms webite or facebook page.
Women on Missions Meeting Information
Our September WOM meetings will be held on Monday, September 21 in Cobb Hall at The Bridge. Our small group meetings begin at 10am, and our General Meeting begins at 10:45 am. Our speaker for the General Meeting will be Sandra West; she will be sharing about the Week of Prayer for State Mission’s Emphasis: Together. If you would like more information about Women on Mission email Lori Weatherholtz at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Susie Elkins at (email@example.com)
WHO WAS JANIE CHAPMAN?
In 1902, Janie Weston Chapman was elected the first president of Woman’s Missionary Union, Auxiliary to South Carolina Baptist Convention. She was the wife of a prominent upstate pastor, J.D.Chapman. In 1937, WMU’s state missions offering was named “The Mrs. J.D. Chapman Offering for State Interests” to honor Mrs. Chapman’s strong missions leadership. In 1985, the name was changed to the “Janie Chapman Offering.”
Rock Hill Dream Center Church
Rock Hill, South Carolina
At the Rock Hill Dream Center Church we believe that transformation can only happen by the prompting of God through the Holy Spirit, but with that being said we believe God uses His body to not only evangelize through our voices but also by our actions. The group of people that God has called us to long for relationships; we believe that the person who has surrendered to God will have to be walked with at a high level. A person who has confessed Jesus as Lord has to be discipled with patience and loving rebuke. This type of teaching requires deep relationship.
Through our relationship model and our outreach center, “A Hand Up,” we have been fortunate enough to walk with a church planter (Chad Edwards) and are getting close to sending him out. He will launch Encounter Church in the spring of 2021. None of this would be possible without the very generous support of the Janie Chapman Offering! The Rock Hill Dream Center Church is so very thankful for all of the support that has brought us to this place in the vision and mission God has entrusted us with.
- Please pray for Chad and his launch team as it developsthrough 2020.
- Please pray for God to raise up more leaders that can be sent.
- Please pray for humility and surrender in our church body.
Indian Land Community Church
Indian Land, South Carolina
Indian Land Community Church is a church plant started by Rev. Shannon Brown, wife Heather, and daughters Clara and Katie. Indian Land Community Church exists so that every man, woman, and child will have multiple opportunities to experience and be transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, without having to come or go anywhere. This happens by engaging the community through relationships, collectively maturing in our faith, trust, and understanding of who Jesus Christ is, and embracing and executing the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. Thanks to the support provided through the Start Network and the Janie Chapman Offering, we have been able to engage our community by hosting local outreach events where we have developed relationships with families who live in Indian Land. We have also adopted the local high school and served them in a variety of ways – feeding the football team, supporting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddles, feeding the teachers, providing school supplies for the classrooms, loving on the bus drivers by providing gift baskets, and so much more. We have also had the privilege of supporting Hope In Lancaster, a parachurch ministry, which provides a wide range of benevolence services to the community on an ongoing basis.
- Pray for God’s favor as we engage those who live close to us but are far from God (The Harvest).
- Pray for disciples to continue to grow in their relationship with Jesus (The Workers).
- Pray for God’s direction for a stable venue/gathering location.
- Pray for God to guide us to a worship leader to join our staff team.
Charleston, South Carolina
Radiant Community is an intentionally diverse church plant located in North Charleston. Pastor Philip Pinckney planted the church three years ago in order to be a Gospel light in a hard part of the city. He’s married to Jenny and has two sons, Ezra and Judah, with a girl on the way! Through the Start Network and partnership funding provided by the Janie Chapman Offering, Pastor Philip and Radiant church have been able to provide for the physical needs of those in their communities, while also giving the neighborhood the Hope of the Gospel.
- Pray for financial provision as we continue to grow and serve our community.
- Pray for God to raise up Godly elders and leaders within the church.
- Pray for greater unity in our church as we are a diverse congregation.
East Asia Partnership
Japan is a country where only 1% of the population has a relationship with Jesus. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Janie Chapman offering will provide training and resources for South Carolina Baptist missions volunteers to serve with International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries and Japanese Baptist churches during that strategic event.
- Pray for IMB missionaries who serve in Japan, many of whom are from South Carolina.
- Pray for the missions volunteers and churches who are preparing to share Jesus during the Olympic games next summer.
- Pray for Japanese Baptist churches to have a vision for reaching people with the gospel.
Vietnamese Church Planting
South Carolina Baptist churches – Vietnamese Blessing and Greenville Vietnamese – are reaching Vietnamese people in the upstate. They have a vision to help start a new congregation in the midlands to share the gospel with several thousand Vietnamese living there. The Janie Chapman Offering provides training for ethnic church leaders and start-up assistance for new work like the Vietnamese church plant.
- Pray for these two churches as they reach the Vietnamese community in South Carolina.
- Pray for God to provide a church planter to lead anew Vietnamese work in the midlands.
- Pray for an existing church in the Columbia area to serve as a sponsoring church for this new work.
Funds from the Janie Chapman Offering were used to replace a broken washing machine on the Florence Baptist Association’s Disaster Relief shower/laundry unit last year so that clothes could be washed for residents that had to be evacuated from a storm-damaged nursing home.
- Pray that the two new shower/laundry units being built in South Carolina this year will be completed and will have volunteers to serve when needs arrive.
- Pray for leaders to find effective ways to provide training amidst the ongoing social distancing restrictions of the pandemic.
- Pray for wisdom in responding to any type of event, including hurricanes, during the pandemic, with restrictions affecting the way Disaster Relief teams can be housed, fed, work, and travel together.
Slater Baptist Church
Greenville, South Carolina
With the help of the Janie Chapman Offering, Slater Baptist Church provided a dinner on Christmas Day for lonely people in their community. They served 42 people which is nearly half of their known homeless community!
- Pray for Slater Baptist Church as they serve a poverty impacted community in Greenville County.
- Pray for the Catoe family as they continue church revitalization efforts with Slater Baptist.
- Pray for all of our South Carolina Baptist churches to demonstrate God’s love to the marginalized in their own communities, as Slater Baptist has done in theirs.
Trinity Point Baptist Church
Easley, South Carolina
With the help of the Janie Chapman OfferingSM, Trinity Point Baptist Church was able to celebrate Christmas with
over 700 students in their Heart4Schools partner school, West End Elementary.
- Pray for Trinity Point Baptist Church as they continue to minister in their community and as they seek to advance
God’s Kingdom on earth.
- Pray for many other churches to partner with schools, bringing help and hope to students, teachers and families.
- Pray that relationships will be created in every school in South Carolina that bring opportunities to share the hope of the gospel.