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 along side our MPACT ministries. Our current WMU Director is Linda Morgan.
WMU has 6 objectives:
-Engage in mission action and witnessing.
-Pray for missions.
-Learn about missions.
-Develop spiritually toward a mission’s lifestyle.
-Participate in the work of the church and denomination.
WMU accomplishes these objectives 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:
• Annie Armstrong (North American Offering)
• Evelyn Henderson (Spartanburg Network Offering)
• Janie Chapman (State Offering)
• Lottie Moon (International Offering)
SERVICE- WMU supports living a missional lifestyle through service.
How do I get Involved?
Get involved through Age-level groups
There are 4 Age-level groups
- Women on Mission (WOM)
-For women of all ages
- MPACT Kids
For 1st-5th graders
- On Mission Moms
For moms and their preschool/elementary aged children
More information on each group can be found below.
Women on Mission
Our August Meetings will be held on Monday, September 19th. Our small group meetings begin at 10am in Rooms 160, 161, and 162. Our General Meeting will be held in Room 165 from 10:45am-noon. Our speaker for the General Meeting will be Laurie Register, who is the Executive Director-Treasurer of South Carolina WMU.
There will be a light lunch after the meeting in the snack room.
Someone will be at the gym door to let you in from 9:30-10:50am.
For more information contact Lori Weatherholtz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Future Meeting Dates
- September 19th -Laurie Register, Executive Director-Treasurer of South Carolina WMU will speak.
MPACT Kids (1st-5th grade)
Wednesday from 6-7:30pm (during the school year)
“Empowered to Serve” focuses on scripture memorization and empowering kids with a Christian worldview to serve the world starting here in Spartanburg. For more information call the Kid Depot at 699-4308.
Woodlands Preschool (Babies-5k)
Wednesday from 6-7:30pm (during the school year)
“Dig in Wednesdays” focuses on allowing two-five-year-old to spend the first half of the night digging in TO God’s Word and learning through games, stories, crafts, music, and more! Then, they spend time learning about missionaries who are serving God all around the world and how they can share Jesus everywhere they go, too! For more information call Woodlands Preschool at 699-4216.
Click Here to visit the FBS Women’s Ministry Webpage
Janie Chapman Offering
State Goal: $2,100,000
Church Goal: $18,000
Missionary Prayer Requests
Disaster Relief volunteers are trained in advance, so that when disasters happen they know how to meet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs most effectively. Janie Chapman funds help to make the trainings possible. A new volunteer at a recent training said, “As I learn more about Disaster Relief, I am excited about growing (spiritually) and being a part of something that has eternal ramifications.”
• Please ask the Lord to provide a student intern to serve with Disaster Relief to help with training and communication.
• Pray that Disaster Relief volunteers will continue to be sensitive to spiritual needs, sharing the hope of the gospel as they prepare and serve food, cut trees, care for children, or clean out flood-damaged homes.
Tim and Jody Cross, Upstate, South Carolina
North American Mission Board missionaries Tim and Jody Cross have been serving refugees for 22 years, both overseas and in the Carolinas. They have a passion for these most vulnerable people and love connecting believers who can be the hands and feet of Jesus to these new neighbors. Over the past 13 years, they have helped to resettle over 800 refugees from Burma, Iran, Congo, Ukraine, and Nepal. They are currently working with over a dozen SCBC churches to help in the resettlement of more than 125 Afghan refugees to the Upstate of South Carolina. The Janie Chapman Offering makes it possible for the Crosses to train churches on how to connect with refugees.
• Pray for our new Afghan friends who have gone through so much. Many still have family members stuck in Afghanistan.
• Pray that more churches would answer the call to love and serve the refugees fleeing persecution.
• Pray for an Afghan refugee who is asking a lot of questions about the Gospel.
• Pray for the Crosses as they prepare to receive refugees from Ukraine.
Tall Pines Baptist Church, Ladson, South Carolina
Tall Pines Baptist Church recently began a school partnership. Asking the guidance counselor “How can we help?” has led to providing warm clothes for 200 children, extra clothes for students who have accidents, and notes of appreciation and gifts to faculty and staff. As a result of a prayer box placed in the teacher’s lounge church members also have the privilege of praying for specific teacher prayer requests each Wednesday evening. The Janie Chapman Offering has helped equip Tall Pines and other churches as they have attended in-person trainings and multiple Zoom trainings throughout the year. The Janie Chapman funds also provided for a grant to help Tall Pines purchase warm clothing for students.
• Pray that administrators and teachers across the state will experience God’s love as churches develop relationships and provide support and encouragement.
• Pray for open doors for Reading Buddies/mentoring to resume across the state in the fall.
• Pray for every school in South Carolina to have a church who will love and serve them well.
Joe Polson went on a vision trip to Boston in 2018 to explore potential missions partnerships for Cheraw First Baptist Church where he served as youth pastor. On that short trip, Joe heard the call from God to move his family to Boston to plant a new church. During COVID challenges, Joe worked on building relationships in the community and forming a core group to launch the church. God provided a pizza parlor that they repurposed with the help of missions volunteers from South Carolina and elsewhere. The main floor now has a coffee shop that they use to meet people in the community while the downstairs provides meeting space for church gatherings. This year Church at the Well Everett held their first public service on Easter Sunday!
Joe and his church to have favor in Boston’s Everett community.
• South Carolina Baptist churches to serve as missions partners with the Church at the Well Everett.
• People in Everett to be transformed by the gospel.
Grace Mozingo, Pioneer Church, Rock Hill, South Carolina
Grace Mozingo is a recent Anderson University graduate and now alumna of the Palmetto Collective (PC), a select group of South Carolina college students training to be missional leaders. When Grace began her PC journey as a junior in college, she planned to join the workforce as an educator. However, her time with the Palmetto Collective gave her the opportunity to explore what it would look like to strategically plant her life somewhere for the gospel. As a result, Grace felt led to join the staff team at Pioneer Church, a SCBC church plant in Rock Hill, and is excited about helping that church share Jesus with a diverse community.
• Grace would build strong discipling relationships within Pioneer Church.
• Pioneer Church as they seek to reach their diverse community for the gospel.
• Palmetto Collective students and mentors as they discover God’s call to be missional leaders.
Christ Fellowship Eastside, Greenville, South Carolina
Christ Fellowship Eastside is especially thankful for the missional support through prayer and finances received through the Janie Chapman Offering. We are a new church plant that launched September 12, 2021. We exist to multiply disciples to the Glory of God by pursuing Christ, living connected, and sharing Good News. We have seen the Lord grow a church of 8 people into 56 members and almost 100 in weekly attendance! God is faithfully bringing new people and “neighbors” into our fellowship each week. Thank you so much for your generous gifts bestowed upon us and many church planters. It is more than support: we know that it is a partnership!
• Boldness in our faith.
• That God would give us favor with businesses and those living in the east side of Greenville.
• For a permanent location for our church.
Chinese Church of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
My wife, Olivia, and I moved to Myrtle Beach in May 2021 to plant a Chinese church in the Grand Strand. There are at least 1,200 Chinese people in the area and the number is growing. Thanks to the Janie Chapman Offering, these people will have the opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus Christ and become part of an SCBC church. The gospel is needed among the Chinese people here. Many of them are Christians, but it’s hard for them to study and understand the Bible and sermons in English. Since I arrived here, I started a weekly Bible study and prayer meeting via Zoom. This past Easter, we had our first Chinese worship service at Living Water Baptist Church. More than 50 people came to this service. The gospel cannot be freely preached in China, but God allows us to freely preach the gospel to Chinese speaking people in the United States. I believe that one day they will share the gospel with their family and friends in China.
• Pray that we can reach out to more Chinese people and share the gospel with them.
• Pray that the Chinese Christians grow in their ability to share the gospel.
• Pray that the mission of reaching lost Chinese people will be the driving force for the growth of this church.
ID Downtown Church, Spartanburg, South Carolina
ID Downtown is grateful for the Janie Chapman Offering that allows us to fulfill the calling God has given us by giving financial and prayer support. We are a new church that will launch October 2022 in the downtown area of Spartanburg. We exist to create disciples who love God, love others, share the gospel, and serve those who are far from God and disconnected from the church. We know that the love and support you give allows us to be a part of a family of churches. Thank you for caring and loving the members of our team that God has faithfully called to this missions field.
• Opening and softening the hearts of the community with whom we will be sharing the gospel, and that the Holy Spirit will awaken them from death to life.
• For a space to meet for a weekly worship service.
• That our core team and those that we reach continue to pursue Christ and as He leads us to make disciples, fulfill the Great Commission, and become a church that plants churches.