Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 13, 2013

Group will celebrate 125 years of work

ASHLAND — The Greenup Baptist Association Woman’s Missionary Union will reflect on the organization’s history at its annual meeting and missions celebration Tuesday.

The meeting will celebrate 125 years of missions work through WMU, an auxiliary of the Southern Baptist Convention and the world’s largest Protestant women’s organization.

The event, with the theme “The Story Lives On,” will be at Unity Baptist Church at 2320 29th St. It will include a business meeting at 4 p.m., dinner and displays demonstrating the work of local churches at 5:30 p.m. and a missions celebration at 7 p.m. Featured speaker will be Pat Reaves of Kentucky WMU. Music will be by Lori Stringer of Unity, Sheila Williams of First Baptist Church Russell and Hanna Wade of Oakland Avenue Baptist Church.

Molly Hall, president of GBA WMU, said the national organization began May 14, 1888, when Southern Baptist women from several states met in Richmond, Va., to organize missions activities on a large scale. The organization now includes members across the United States and in Caribbean territories.

“Woman’s Missionary Union ... was organized to lead churches in supporting missions. Their hearts were set on supporting missionaries,” Hall said. “Through WMU, people experience missions personally through prayer, mission action, witnessing, learning, giving, developing a lifestyle of missions and partnering with others.”

She said during Tuesday’s meeting, participants will review the organizational meeting 125 years ago and its relationship to the local group, which encompasses Elliott, Carter, Greenup, Boyd and Lawrence counties. There are 51 Southern Baptist churches in the GBA, with 35 WMU organizations, including groups for children and teens.

The first recorded meeting of the GBA WMU was in 1914 at Unity Baptist, Hall said, noting that’s why this year’s meeting is at the church.

Anyone interested in missions is welcome to attend the free event, Hall said.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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