NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa., (BRN) – PA/SJ Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) met Nov. 4 at Red Land Baptist Church in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, for their annual meeting.  The theme for the event was Hope for our World.

Over 60 women and men attended the 53rd celebration of WMU in the states of Pennsylvania and South Jersey.  Fanny Grote was re-elected as PA/SJ WMU President, and Jada Baker was elected as the Recording Secretary during the business session.

Linda Cooper, president of Kentucky WMU and past National President, returned this year to lead in the general sessions.  There were also six small group sessions available during the day.  Three dealt with health issues led by Dr. Alberta Morgan and Pam Ammons, while Linda Cooper held a session on prayer and Alice Worrall (pastor’s wife) led a Bible study on hope.

WMU Leadership team members led three additional sessions.  Fanny Grote led a session on Annie Armstrong, while Kathy Sheldon led a session on what missions looks like in the local church and Theresa Krieg led a session on helping strangers to find hope.

The group also wrote note cards to single and young International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries that will be sent to them.  Prayer Cards were available for them to take home and they were encouraged to pray for their chosen missionary daily.  There was also a time of prayer dedicated to missionaries that were having their birthday on Nov. 4.

New to this meeting was a special track for 6-12 grade girls.  There were three girls that attended this brand new meeting.  They heard from a former missionary, a current missionary and enjoyed a Bible Study with a youth pastor’s wife.  They also participated in a missions project.  These girls joined the final session and shared their mission project with the total group.

Those that joined were challenged to be on mission.  The challenge came in the form of a statement shared by Linda Cooper:  “We must be available for God to use us and must remember that God doesn’t call the qualified…He qualifies for the call.”

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