The Purpose of WMU is to equip adults, youth, children, and preschoolers with missions education that they may become radically involved in the mission of God. WMU also promotes the offerings each year for Lottie Moon at Christmas and Annie Armstrong at Easter.
At Isle of Hope Baptist, there are two WMU circles (or groups). The Morning circle meets the last Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. in the bride's room at the church. The night circle meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the home of one of it's members. The circles don't meet during the summer months.
At our monthly meetings, a member presents a program from the Missions Mosaic magazine, missionaries here and abroad are prayed for, friends, family and church needs are lifted in prayer, and mission projects are discussed. The circles participate in various community and mission projects, for example, hygiene bags for the Seamen's Ministry, feeding the World Changers for a week each summer, providing lunch once a year to the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at Armstrong State University, and contributing needed items to the Savannah Baptist Center.
Annie Armstrong was born in Baltimore at a time when women were not expected to lead. She served, challenged churches to action and rallied support for missionaries. Ultimately, Annie was recognized as a national Southern Baptist trailblazer renowned for visionary missions leadership.
While living in China, Lottie wrote letters to the Foreign Mission Board (now the International Mission Board) and to Baptist women. She asked for more missionaries and for money to grow her work among the Chinese.
Because of Lottie’s determination, WMU collected a Christmas Offering to give to the Foreign Mission Board. In 1919, Annie Armstrong suggested that the offering should be named for Lottie Moon.
Today, we still give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in honor of her work and sacrifice to keep our missionaries on the field.
One hundred percent of the offering goes to the missionaries, none to administration.