A 'missions extravaganza'
May 3 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

A 'missions extravaganza' | Friday, May 3, 2002

Friday, May 3, 2002

A 'missions extravaganza'

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

RIDGECREST - New Executive Director-treasurer Ruby Fulbright and new President Caroline Jones enjoyed a rousing reception as more than 2,500 women affiliated with Woman's Missionary Union of North Carolina (WMU-NC) gathered over the course of two consecutive weekends to worship, learn, celebrate and focus on a variety of missions.

The two "Missions Extravaganza" weekends were held April 19-21 and 26-28 at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center.

The first weekend featured the organization's annual business meeting, a "language" track that attracted about 300 ethnic women and a bilingual worship service in English and Spanish.

The second weekend included a component for Acteens, with more than 175 Acteens and their leaders participating.

Both sessions offered more than 70 different conferences on topics ranging from missions projects to personal witnessing, from spiritual growth to dealing with depression or grief, from cultural dynamics to specific ideas for growing a healthy WMU ministry.

Speakers focused on ministry projects WMU-NC has sponsored in recent years. Lillian Isaacs, a former missionary in Alaska who was described as "the mother of literacy training," spoke of her experiences in helping people come to know Christ through teaching them to read. Sharon Maalik, from Raleigh, described ways in which the Christian Women's Job Corps program had helped her during a difficult time by offering spiritual encouragement and practical economic assistance.

Katharine Bryan, who has served as interim executive director-treasurer/consultant for the past 15 months, taught a series of Bible studies and introduced new executive director-treasurer Ruby Fulbright, who has served the past three years as WMU-NC president. Fulbright assumed her new duties on May 1.

Fulbright previously served as director of discipleship and missions at Immanuel Baptist Church in Greenville. Her husband, Ellis, is director of missions for the South Roanoke Association.

Fulbright recalled words she spoke three years earlier in accepting the role of president. "It is still with a great sense of awe, with fear and trembling, with much humility, yet with much excitement that I stand before you today as the new executive director-treasurer. ...

"I believe in WMU, and I believe in you," she said. "Leadership is not about power but about showing the way, going before." Fulbright encouraged those present to pray for her, for the state WMU staff, for the officers, and for each other.

Caroline Jones, of Blaise Baptist Church in Mocksville, will succeed Fulbright as president of WMU-NC. Jones and her husband, Archie, are former missionaries to Chile. She recently began a term on the Baptist State Convention General Board, and was elected to its Executive Committee as an at-large member.

Jones recalled how a department store clerk had recommended "anti-gravity cream" to counteract the wrinkle-inducing downward force of gravity. "We don't want to be held down," she said, "but pulled upward to the Master, so we can carry out the tasks He has for us."

Ann Bryant of Tuckaseege Baptist Church in Mount Holly was elected 1st vice-president, and Dianne Daniels of Haw River First Baptist Church in Haw River will return as 2nd vice-president for her fourth and final year of eligibility. Beth McDonald of McDonald Baptist Church in Rockingham will continue to serve as recording secretary, and Wendy Case of Spencer Baptist Church in Spindale will serve as assistant recording secretary.

In other business matters, attendees adopted a 2003 budget request of $460,450. WMU's budget is funded by the annual North Carolina Missions Offering.

Those present also amended and restated the organization's Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. The new document includes a purpose statement that says, "Woman's Missionary Union of North Carolina is a missions organization whose purpose is to challenge, prepare and equip Christian believers to be radically involved in the fulfillment of the Great Commission."

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