Praying for, encouraging and blessing God’s workforce is a part of Alabama Woman’s Missionary Union’s (WMU) DNA.
That’s why when planning began for Renew (a day away with friends) and Complete (a gathering for teen girls), it was instinctive to use these events as a way to bless our own church planters here in Alabama.
“We were brainstorming ministry projects for the two events, and it was evident that the Holy Spirit was leading us in this direction,” said Executive Director Candace McIntosh. “The work of church planting can be slow and even difficult at times. We wanted them to know they’re not alone in their efforts for the Kingdom,” she said.
A simple request was made of the nearly 600 women who would be attending Renew: bring a restaurant gift card to bless a church planter’s family. And for the 400 girls at Complete: bring an offering to help grow a church planter’s library of resources. The response was exciting. Attendees prayed over specific names, and the ladies at Renew wrote letters of encouragement during their event.
Church Planter Jeff Mann was one recipient. “With each card my joy grew to tears…it was such a blessing to us…,” he said. “God is good!”
The gift cards and letters were just one small, simple way Alabama WMU is working to keep Alabama Baptists strong in our support of missions.
- Thank God for those who contributed gift cards, wrote letters and/or prayed and lifted up our Alabama church planters as they work hard in the ministry.
- Pray for Alabama WMU missions discipleship groups, (such as Women on Mission, Acteens, Youth on Mission, GA, RA, Children in Action and Mission Friends) in local churches as they learn how to live out a missions lifestyle.
- Pray for the leadership and staff of Alabama WMU as they seek ways to equip and encourage Alabama Baptists all over our state and beyond.