“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't. Worship is ultimate.” —John Piper
In 1888, a group of women dedicated to the cause of missions found Women's Missionary Union (WMU). Since that time, WMU has become the largest Protestant missions organization for women in the world with membership of approximately 1 million.
WMU's main purpose is to educate and involve women and girls on the cause of missions. Throughout its history, WMU has been an auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). That means that it acts as a "helper" to the SBC. That auxiliary status means that WMU is self-governing and self-supporting. (Courtesy of WMU website)
There are two options to meet with WOM at First Baptist.
- Morning WOM meets on the 3rd Monday of every month at 10am in the Fellowship Hall at FBC.
- Evening WOM meets on the 3rd Monday of every month at 7pm in various members' homes.
Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief has over 1,600 trained volunteers who serve as part of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Disaster Relief ministry, the third largest relief agency in the United States. Disaster Relief often responds to natural disasters by providing feeding stations, mobile kitchens, child care and chaplains. In the case of flooding, volunteers in their signature yellow shirts help homeowners with “mudout,” clearing flooded properties of debris and contaminated building materials, so they can begin rebuilding and recovery.
Joe Jackson leads the FBC Disaster Relief Team.