[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.)
That's Alexa Landrum, telling about her two years as a missionary in Vladivostok, Russia....
After the program we ate some home-cookin' together...
Here's Mother with Shirley and Mary...
You may have noticed earlier the big quilt on the wall
...(sorry for those white lines - they're the reflection of the fluorescent lights)....
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!!