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Women On Mission

A women’s ministry with a passion for missions

November Update

Becky Richards, area director, gave a summary of the work done by the Gideons Auxiliary when First Baptist Women on Mission met Nov. 8. The auxiliary is made up of the wives of Gideons, whose goal is that every man, woman, and child have the opportunity to know Christ by distributing God’s Word throughout the world. Founded in 1898 as the Association of Christian Businessmen, Gideons International (GI) has placed 2.45 billion scriptures in 200 countries, territories, and possessions.

 

The Gideons Auxiliary assists and supports their husbands through prayer, personal testimony, association for service, and by placing and distributing Bibles in approved venues. Becky’s husband Mike is president of the Blairsville Camp of GI, which has five areas of focus:

 

  • Prayer and Personal Testimony: Auxiliary members start each day with an “hour of power” prayer from 7 to 8 a.m. They also meet monthly for prayer and join their Gideon husbands monthly for a focused time of prayer. Becky stated that the auxiliary “has helped me to be intentional about sharing my faith with others.”
  • Scripture Sharing: The Auxiliary distributes palm-sized New Testaments/Psalms/Proverbs to female inmates, to patients in hospitals and nursing homes, to women in domestic violence shelters and emergency pregnancy centers, and at festivals, among others locations. Some 894 testaments were distributed at the Blairsville Sorghum Festival this year. “It’s a privilege to be part of giving a gift that has eternal impact,” Becky said.
  • Membership: Recruiting new Gideons and their wives.
  • Scripture Funds: These include offerings given by individual Gideon and auxiliary members.
  • Card Ministry:  Individuals can purchase Bibles in memory or in honor of a loved one and the gift is acknowledged with a card to the individual or to a family member.


At the end of Becky's presentation, she showed a video of a young woman from India who received a small testament in first grade but didn't really begin to read it until she was in high school. As a senior in high school, Uma (later renamed Esther) gave her life to the Lord, having finally found the One who gave her peace and hope. She shared how God led her to a Christian man who, like her, had come to faith out of the Hindu Brahman caste, and they now make their home in the United States. She also shared how she left her small testament on a shelf in her room when she left home and how her parents have now also embraced Christianity, having found and read her testament. Citing Isaiah 55:11 (Truly God's Word "does not return to Him void, but accomplishes the purpose for which it was sent,” Becky concluded with “The Word of God changes lives.”

Coming In December

Rebecca Hampton of the Cowboy Church in Jerusalem, GA, will be guest speaker at WOM’s December meeting and will be accompanied by 11 of the children enrolled at the Academy at Double H Ranch.

 

Thirty years ago Rebecca opened up her ranch as a Ranch of Hope and Healing (Double H Ranch) when God laid on her heart that He wanted a place where children and teenagers could receive love and no condemnation. Fourteen years ago she started the Cowboy Church in Jerusalem, and it continues to meet every other week on Saturdays at her ranch. Nine years ago she began the Academy at Double H Ranch, which provides a traditional education Monday through Thursday for children who are hurting in some way. She currently has 17 children enrolled in school. On “Fabulous Fridays” the children are taught life skills through horse therapy. 

 

WOM will meet next at 10:30 a.m. in First Baptist’s Rock Chapel on Dec. 13.

Ministry To Afghan Refugees

Women on Mission will travel to the Clarkston/Tucker area on Nov. 30 to provide kitchen items, bed linens, towels, blankets, coats, shoes, and clothing to refugee families from Afghanistan who have relocated to the Atlanta area. Local missionaries there are working closely with U.S. government and local agencies to help as much as possible. A thrift store has been set up for the sole purpose of helping new refugees with their needs.


Ongoing Activities

In cooperation with the Atlanta Dream Center, WOM are writing messages of encouragement that can be handed out to young women who are being trafficked in Atlanta. WOM also supports Hope House of Union County by collecting personal hygiene items such as shampoo, body wash, deodorant, etc., which are distributed free of charge to Hope House clients. Through offerings collected monthly and budget funding from First Baptist, WOM are supporting the following ministries:


  • Cowboy Church of Jerusalem to purchase food and new boots.
  • Pure Love Pure Water for more filters to be sent to missionaries.
  • The Clarkston After-School Ministry, which provides a meal for the children and to purchase supplies for the children.
  • Missionaries Troy and Jeana Nicholson, whose home in Albania was damaged in a December earthquake.

Who We Are

WOMEN ON MISSION have a passion for missions.  We meet the second Monday of each month at 11:30 in the Ministry Center. Each month a special speaker is invited to share with us his/her time of ministry on the field, whether it be overseas or here in the United States.  We have heard speakers from Russia, Albania, Turkey, Peru, Honduras, Tanzania, and many other places around the globe, as well as representatives from the ministry to refugees in Clarkston, GA, Out of Darkness Ministry in Atlanta, Voice of the Martyrs, and many other U.S.-based mission groups. We each receive a blessing from hearing the testimonies of these speakers. Often we learn of ways we can be involved in reaching out to the lost through these ministries.

Be a part of WOM

WOM supports a different missionary each year by sending them a monthly love gift. We also save and collect our loose pocket change to provide water filters for missionaries who do not have access to potable water. Periodically, we provide toiletry items which Hope House of Blairsville can share with its clients. As the Lord leads, we engage in projects which help missionaries or reach out to the lost. In all that we do, we aim to bring glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


We encourage you to come and join us on the second Monday of any given month. Participation is open to ALL women — young, old, or in between.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Nancy Brock at untilhisreturn@gmail.com or 706-781-6358 for further information.