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Partnering with Purpose

I remember being in school on those days when the teacher let us know we needed to choose a partner to work on a project together. It was always a little anxiety-inducing because what if someone else chose your best friend or, even worse, no one wanted to partner with you? What if there wasn’t an even number of children in the class and you had to partner with the teacher? That could be embarrassing. Or what if you got partnered with that kid who didn’t pull his own weight and you ended up doing all the work?

You never knew what you would get when you had to partner up in school. It could be great, but it could also be absolutely terrible. If you were anything like me, you tried to make the most of the situation and hoped for the best.

All this to say, if you’re having anxious flashbacks to rough days in elementary school, I can put your mind at ease. At the WMU Foundation, we want to partner with you, but only in ways that benefit everyone.

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When you partner with us, we’ll help you find your missions passion.

Natalie Shannon, administrative assistant at national WMU, is passionate about social justice issues, so she partners with the WMU Foundation when she gives monthly to the Judith and David Hayes Endowment to Combat Human Trafficking. “I give because of how clearly scripture mandates fighting for the oppressed,” she explained. “Fighting for those enslaved by others is a very real, practical way to show love and display the gospel.”

We have churches that partner with us, as well. Mountain Brook Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, has given since the WMU Foundation’s inception twenty-five years ago. “World missions has always been a priority for our church,” said June Whitlow, a long-time church member. “Since the Foundation regularly grants funds to ministries all over the world, this enables a portion of an individual’s initial gift to keep on giving and giving, long after the giver is gone. This pleases Mountain Brook Baptist Church members,” Whitlow continued.

When you partner with us, you can make personal connections.

“It’s easy to give when you see firsthand the impact of your giving,” said Lena Plunk, national WMU CWJC ministry consultant. “As a former Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) site coordinator, I know that giving to the CWJC/CMJC Special Fund directly impacts the lives of these men and women. I have heard their stories and know that my giving is helping to impact a life.”

Emily Swader, WorldCrafts marketing strategist, agrees. “I am a monthly partner because I believe it is important to provide consistent support to the WorldCrafts artisans through the Isaiah 58:10 Campaign,” she said. “I know that the money is being used to transform the lives of men and women around the world and give them opportunities to hear of eternal hope.”

When you partner with us, you help spread the love of Christ across the globe.

Mark Johnson, associate pastor at Shades Crest Baptist Church, said, “The WMU Foundation has been instrumental in helping our church connect with Baptists in need all around the world. We have been able to help respond to crises knowing that our funds are accompanied by prayer and ground personnel who are actively ministering through their actions and with their witness.”

When you become a monthly partner with us, you become part of something so much bigger than yourself. Your dollars are always at work, helping combat human trafficking through the Hayes Endowment, sending help to places in need of disaster relief through the WMU HEART Fund, or providing scholarships to missionary kids heading off to college.

And that’s only the beginning. The WMU Foundation has so many other funds and endowments, and we are happy to do whatever we can to help you find your missions passion.

“I consider it a joy to get to be a part of what is being done through WorldCrafts and the WMU Foundation,” concluded Swader. “A monthly donation is an easy way for me to be a consistent financial supporter.”

We hope you’ll choose to partner with us by becoming a monthly donor to the WMU Foundation*. We promise we won’t make you do all the work.


* The WMU Foundation offers automatic monthly giving, making it easier than ever to support your favorite fund or endowment. When you give online, select the option to make this a recurring gift. The card you use will be charged each month for the amount you specify. If you need more information, contact us at wmufoundation@wmu.org or call (205) 408-5525.

Written by Maegan Dockery, Marketing Manager at the WMU Foundation.

Support WMU Through the WMU Foundation

By Joy Bolton, former Executive Director of Kentucky WMU.

When I saw the Baptist Press headline “WMU Foundation: $512,354 to support national WMU work,” I knew what I needed to write about next on my blog, DiscoverJoy.org. There has been stirring in my heart a message about supporting WMU. I believe it is vital for us to intentionally support National WMU.

I grew up in WMU and have been influenced by WMU’s determination to make disciples of Jesus who live on mission. As I became aware of how the work of WMU was funded, I knew that National WMU received no Cooperative Program funding or dollars from the missions offerings, but instead funded their work through the sales of missions literature and giving through the WMU Foundation. But there is more to the story.

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Past “Recall” Funding

A quick look at A Century to Celebrate by Catherine Allen reminded me that from the time WMU incorporated, they knew they would need funds for literature and communications. “They agreed on three principles: they would receive no missions money, but have the women send it directly to the mission boards for expenditure; the officers would receive no pay; and its expenses would be paid by the mission boards.”

“For more than 66 years the process of WMU funding was commonly known as ‘recalling.’ WMU officers would incur or estimate expenses, then ‘recall’ from the mission boards the amount they wished. Always this was done with reluctance and self-sacrifice, for the women wanted as much money as possible to go to the missions fields” said Allen.

The “recall” system was changed as WMU increasingly supported her work through literature sales and earnings from reserves.

WMU Foundation Established

In 1995, the WMU Foundation was established and has become a significant partner in channeling financial support to WMU. This is more important than ever before.

In an era when publishing has experienced radical change, WMU has struggled at times to sell enough literature to fully fund the national office. This is both a symptom of changing times in our churches and in the distribution of information. People today want to find information and resources at little to no cost on the internet. However, even to give away information on the web, there are production costs which must be funded.

When I have attended meetings with other WMU leaders, we have discussed these challenges. We understand that putting “free” information on the web has costs, and that WMU would love to provide some missions resources to churches on the web while continuing to support those who create and develop the content. This is where you and I come in and can help provide the support needed to produce these resources.

We need to step up and fund National WMU work. There are several ways to do this through the WMU Foundation and WMU:

Funding National WMU

  • Support WMU and WMU Ministries: Purchase WMU literature, WorldCrafts, and other products produced by WMU. Keep your subscriptions current. Don’t be among those who say, “I used to subscribe.” You may be too busy to read every word of Missions Mosaic, but subscribe anyway. This is our flagship magazine and your subscription matters. Give gifts from WorldCrafts that are not only beautiful but provide hope for a better life and share Jesus who gives us hope for eternity.

  • Giving Regularly: Give to support WMU ministries through the WMU Foundation. Give automatically through selecting recurring monthly or quarterly giving. Gifts for various ministries of WMU were among the $512,234 given recently. You can support an hour of ministry by giving to the Vision Fund. You can support missions education for preschoolers by giving to the Dixon Endowment for Mission Friends. You can support leadership development through gifts to a number of endowments. See the Funds and Endowments List and pick one! You can also choose a Touch Tomorrow Today endowment which divides distributions between National WMU and WMU in your state.

  • Estate Gifts: Plan a gift to WMU from your estate. All of us will die. We must decide now, however, where our assets will go if we want to have a say in the distribution. Much of the $512,234 came from earnings on endowments. You may want to establish an endowment with WMU, but you can also specify a dollar amount or percentage to go to an existing endowment. Your wishes must be in writing through a will. Do not assume that your family knows you would want this. Put it in writing. The WMU Foundation can assist you with Planned Giving.

  • Memorial Gifts: Memorial gifts are a great way to honor people who love WMU and missions. Give to a WMU endowment at their passing. Or purchase a brick for the Walk of Faith. 100% of your Walk of Faith gift goes to operational needs of WMU. And let your family know where you would like memorial gifts sent when you die. Again, don’t assume they know. Put it in writing and let them know your wishes. Gifts to support WMU are a great way to honor and be honored.

The National WMU Office is important to all of us. It guides our work together and is the hub for WMU work across the country. WMU has a mandate to fulfill and keeping our home office strong and able to provide the resources we need is vital.

Join me today in supporting WMU!

This article first appeared on DiscoverJoy.org.

Giving Tuesday: Isaiah 58:10

WHY GIVE TO ISAIAH 58:10?

If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness...
— Isaiah 58:10

To over 60 WorldCrafts artisan groups around the world, the fair living wage and the hope of everlasting life they receive through the WorldCrafts ministry is a light rising in the darkness.

The Isaiah 58:10 Campaign is all about pouring ourselves out for the hungry. When you give, you provide hope for WorldCrafts artisans who thought all hope was lost. You provide jobs for people all over the world. You’re giving food, clothing, and shelter to their families.

WorldCrafts is committed, holistic, and fair trade. 

The Isaiah 58:10 Campaign supports WorldCrafts by providing the funding to pay artisans a sustainable living wage and bring their products into the United States for sale. Your gift allows WorldCrafts to provide ongoing orders to global partners, many who are completely dependent on these orders for their livelihood.

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#GIVINGTUESDAY

When you give, you are making a difference in the lives of artisan groups in the United States and beyond. And to make that even better: if you give starting Friday, November 24, you will also be entered to win products made by some of those very artisans you’ll be helping.

Our goal for Giving Tuesday is to raise $58,100 for the Isaiah 58:10 Campaign. It’s a huge goal, and we can’t reach it without your help.

Every gift given makes a difference, and anyone who gives a minimum of $25 will be entered to win some beautiful WorldCrafts products!

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We happen to think $58.10 would make a great gift. Or maybe $581? Obviously we like this theme, but any amount you can give makes a difference.

Prizes will be awarded on the WMU Foundation social media pages (@wmufoundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) on Giving Tuesday, November 28, every hour from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. CST. A grand prize bundle will be awarded at 4 p.m. CST, so don’t miss out!

Winners will be announced on social media and will receive an email notification.

Count the Cost: Support Artisans. Enable Hope.

She sat across the coffee shop table from me, eyes glistening with tears and explained, “I thought he loved me and would take care of me. And I ended up in forced prostitution because of debts he needed to pay. He would threaten me to not leave him. I ended up doing drugs to numb the pain. And then I was at rock bottom.”

She is not a statistic.

She is not a general statement of “human trafficking exists.”

She is my friend. My encourager. A hero of mine. And she is real.

Oftentimes, we desperately want to find opportunities to help others escape the human trafficking ring. We want to be able to support these people as they heal and develop life and job skills needed to move forward from that season of life. But we are at a loss as to where to begin.

Here’s one place to start:

The Isaiah 58:10 Campaign.

This week, you have the opportunity to provide an income to women who are coming out of human trafficking in the United States AND support more women who will be brought out of it around the world.

What will it cost you?

A minimum of $20 (or more if you choose to give more). That’s less than a week’s worth of Starbucks. That’s two lunches.

What will happen with my donation?

It will go to support WorldCrafts fair-trade artisans by providing funding for them to earn a sustainable living wage and to bring their products into the United States for sale. Your gift enables you to partner with WorldCrafts in providing ongoing orders to global partners, many who are completely dependent on WorldCrafts’ orders for their livelihood.

Extra Incentive:

And as a bonus, this week only (till July 28), when you give your donation online, you will receive a beautiful, soon-to-be-released WorldCrafts Lauren Bracelet made by women from The WellHouse (a ministry to women coming out of human trafficking located in Birmingham) and a New Hope Publisher’s book, Not in My Town (focusing on exposing and ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery).

A simple donation supports so much. The money you give will go toward sharing hope with artisans around the world through the ministry of WorldCrafts.

To learn more, go here. To give now, go here.

Let’s count the cost and support artisans enabling them to receive hope.