Sunday, March 6, 2011

Missions

No, I didn't say 'Mission' as in Mission, Texas.
[Ah, but it IS wonderful to have grown up in a town called 'Mission, Texas'.]

I said 'Missions' with an 's'.

My mom has always been interested in missions... learning about missions all over the world, and mission trips, giving to missions, even supporting her daughter (me) as she (I) spent 2 1/2 years on the mission 'field' in Brazil. (Yes. Imagine that.) (I need to blog about that someday.)

Where she (and I) learned most about missions was in the WMU, that is, the Women's Missionary Union in the Baptist church. (My main education was in the First Baptist Church of MISSION, TX.)

This past Monday she and I went to Canton (TX) to attend a Women On Mission (the adult part of the WMU) meeting which was a reunion, of sorts. Ladies who had moved away came back and had a fun time together with their old friends. (Mother had been in the Canton First Baptist Church WMU for 27 years... leaving there to move here 6 1/2 years ago.)

Here are some pictures of our time with the Canton Women on Mission ...

That's Alexa Landrum, telling about her two years as a missionary in Vladivostok, Russia....
(Caroline and Jenny,  you may remember her from Dallas Baptist University - she was there when you were - and remembers you, a little.)

After the program we ate some home-cookin' together...


Here's Mother with Shirley and Mary...  


And here Shirley and Mother are talking to Orville...
Orville Scott is well known among Texas Baptists, as he was a writer for TEXAS BAPTIST COMMUNICATIONS.  One delightful thing about him is that he is a poet! He writes inspirational poems all the time. 

Here Alexa is visiting with Mother's good friends, Clint, Louise and Dwayne...
(For the meal, husbands joined us.)


You may have noticed earlier the big quilt on the wall  
...(sorry for those white lines - they're the reflection of the fluorescent lights)....
 


It was made by the Canton W.M.U.....

Here are some more closeups of it....





That last picture (above) is of Lottie Moon.  She is very famous among Baptists... and every Christmas there is a big mission offering in her name.   Click HERE to read about her on Wikipedia. She is quite an inspiration.

Mother and I really enjoyed that meeting. I've gotten to be friends with those folks, too, through the years, so it was like old home week.

Speaking of missions makes me think of when Bear Valley church had a Vacation Bible School one summer not long ago and I was asked to teach about missions.  I started out by asking the fifth grade class, "Can somebody tell me what a missionary is?"   There was silence.   Then one of the kids said, "It's a man who goes to another country and gets paid to fight in a war?"    I said, "That is a very intelligent answer, but I'm thinking you're meaning a mercenary."    "Oh yeah," he said.

Needless to say I went away from that meeting thinking, "We need to educate people about missions!! Yes!!"

YES, I say again!!

4 comments:

Audrey said...

Very interesting, this group. I'd love to hear about your mission work in Brazil. And, yes, I do think we all need to be educated. There is alot said about missionary work and money sent for that purpose but rarely do we hear from those who were actually there. Do you have pictures too? Great quilt...lots of work and lots of thought.

Jenny Campbell said...

I vaguely remember Alexa. I think Sean was better friends with her. I bet she would remember him.

Anonymous said...

Glad you guys had such a good time!

That's funny what that child said at VBS. You could put that in a funny-things-kids-say-at-church- book

caroline said...

I do remember her! That's neat that she came to speak to the group. I bet she had some cool stories!