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  • Cancer fails to derail her work with hurting people

    by Trennis Henderson, posted Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (one month ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Since being diagnosed with cancer in 2010, a key question Becky Ellison seeks to live by is: "If I had one more minute and I wanted to live it like God wanted me to live it, what would that look like?"

    For Ellison, part of that answer involves those who lead two key ministries to hurting people across Texas -- Christian Women's Job Corps and Christian Men's Job Corps.

    Ellison, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from Baylor University, has been involved in CWJC/CMJC ministries for 14 years. She began serving as a contract consultant with Woman's Missionary Union of Texas in 2008. Six years later -- and four years after her diagnosis -- she was invited to serve as the state WMU's full-time CWJC/CMJC strategist, consulting with 56 ministry sites throughout Texas. Read More

  • Nursing fellowship, at 35th anniv., elects new leader

    by Trennis Henderson, WMU National Correspondent, posted Friday, September 14, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Pam Henderson/WMU
    TALLADEGA, Ala. (BP) -- Launching a new era of leadership while celebrating 35 years of ministry, Baptist Nursing Fellowship has elected Lori Spikes as the new BNF executive director.

    Spikes, a longtime Southern Baptist International Mission Board missionary to Chile, is a registered nurse with 40 years of experience in various settings. She currently serves as a volunteer triage nurse at Mission First, a primary care clinic for low-income uninsured individuals and families in Jackson, Miss.

    Baptist Nursing Fellowship, a ministry partner with national WMU (Woman's Missionary Union), was established in 1983. It provides continuing education, missions opportunities and fellowship for Baptist nurses serving in the U.S. and on mission fields around the world. Read More

  • Christian Women's Job Corps grad comes full circle

    by Trennis Henderson, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    TALLADEGA, Ala. (BP) -- When Margaret Roland talks about the life-changing impact of Christian Women's Job Corps, she speaks from personal experience.

    Roland, a CWJC site coordinator in Florence, Ala., previously was a CWJC participant seeking to gain practical skills to better equip her for life.

    She was among more than 130 women and men who gathered for training and fellowship at the Aug. 1-3 Christian Women's Job Corps/Christian Men's Job Corps National Meeting hosted by national WMU (Woman's Missionary Union) at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega, Ala. Read More

  • South African: CWJC is 'roadmap' for helping people

    by Trennis Henderson/WMU national correspondent, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (3 months ago)

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (BP) -- Why travel from South Africa to attend a ministry training conference in Alabama? For Patricia Ihlenfeldt, the answer is succinct: "to be encouraged and refocused and reenergized."

    Ihlenfeldt, from the Baptist Union of Southern Africa, is director of its Women's Department. She was among 130-plus leaders and staff members at 2018 Christian Women's Job Corps/Christian Men's Job Corps National Meeting at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega, Ala. Read More

  • On the road for missions: Hendersons share WMU story

    by Caleb Yarbrough/Arkansas Baptist News , posted Wednesday, August 08, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Caleb Yarbrough
    ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (BP) -- The rumble of the on-board generator lent a muffled, but noticeable, undertone as Trennis and Pam Henderson gave a tour of their new home.

    Outfitted with all the modern comforts and conveniences expected in a 21st century home -- if not in somewhat smaller proportions -- the Hendersons' new home is a 24-foot-long Winnebago RV.

    Since Aug. 1, the couple has been taking their RV across the country, working together to share the stories of Woman's Missionary Union's (WMU) various ministries with a new generation of Southern Baptists. See related Baptist Press story.

    Trennis now serves as WMU's national correspondent, and Pam will conduct administrative and production services, including planning their itineraries and taking photographs. A former editor of the Arkansas Baptist News, Trennis has served as vice president for communications at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia since 2008. Read More

  • Ruba Abbassi named O'Brien Award recipient

    by Grace Thornton, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS, Texas (BP) -- Ruba Abbassi, CEO of the Jordan-based ministry Arab Woman Today (AWT), is the recipient of this year's Dellanna West O'Brien Award for Women's Leadership Development.

    Abbassi was honored during national Woman's Missionary Union's annual missions celebration June 10 in Dallas. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, June 12-13.

    The O'Brien Award, named in honor of former WMU executive director Dellanna West O'Brien, has been given annually since 1998 to recognize Baptist women who lead well and foster leadership potential in others. Read More

  • Refugee simulation brings 'chaos' to life

    by Myriah Snyder, posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Myriah Snyder
    DALLAS (BP) -- Personal belongings are confiscated, and a participant is stripped of his or her individuality. They become a number. Government workers with stern faces instruct them to face forward. No talking. They're ushered through a curtain and instructed to write down the names of four loved ones. These are the people they may take with them. No further instruction is given.

    During this refugee camp simulation, participants are to grab three items from buckets. They haven't been told why. No one tells them where they're going. Harshly, they're ushered from station to station. A guard with a military uniform and a bat is speaking a foreign language. One participant starts to ask questions. She's taken away from the group. At the medical station, they're checked for lice. At the food station they're informed they must eat. They may not have another chance to for days. Read More

  • WMU: Great Commission at center of all we do

    by Julie Walters, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS (BP) -- Linda Cooper, president of national WMU, opened the report of Woman's Missionary Union to Southern Baptist Convention messengers Thursday (June 13) citing findings by the Barna Group. In a March 2018 study, Barna found 51 percent of church goers have never heard the words "the Great Commission." Another 25 percent have heard the words but can't recall the exact meaning, and 6 percent are not sure if they have heard the words.

    "This leaves only 17 percent of church goers who have heard the words and know their meaning," Cooper said. "How is that possible? The Great Commission is our great mandate and it is at the center of all we teach, promote and do, making disciples of Jesus who live on mission." Read More

  • Testimonies of faith, courage saturate WMU meeting

    by Barbara Denman, posted Tuesday, June 12, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS (BP) -- Kempton Turner grew up in gang- and crack-infested neighborhoods in East St. Louis, Ill. Destined to follow his parents' lifestyle of addiction, during a wild and wanton trip to New Orleans' Mardi Gras, Kempton was approached by a couple who shared the life-changing gospel with him. At that moment, "The Lord revealed Himself to me," Kempton said, sending the young man on an unshakable pursuit of his faith.

    Now as North American Mission Board church planters, Kempton and his wife Caryn are planting their lives on the same East St. Louis streets he once prowled for easy fixes. Through the City of Joy church, the Turners and their five children are making inroads for Christ by helping neighbors rehab homes and learn job skills, bringing hope to the devastated community with little hope. Read More

  • God's 'Unshakable Pursuit' frames WMU opening sessions

    by Myriah Snyder, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS (BP) -- More than 400 people gathered for the opening sessions of the 2018 Woman's Missionary Union Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration on June 10 in Dallas.

    The 2018 theme for WMU is "Unshakable Pursuit." The first session, themed "The Unshakable Pursuit of Fun," was held in a casual ranch-style events center and included a barbecue dinner. WMU President Linda Cooper gave the first part of her president's address from the back of a life-sized fake horse. Throughout the evening, she told attendees of ministries in which state WMUs are involved. Read More