2017-11-09 / Personalities

Palmer presents program at Frances Wheelis WOM meeting

Julia Palmer presented a most informative program on child advocacy as found in the mission magazine, “Mosaic,” at the meeting of Frances Wheelis Women on Mission of First Baptist Church on Monday, November 6, in the home of Nancy Madden on the Thomson Road.

Mrs. Palmer related many facts from the article, “Operation Project Help.” An advocate is one who speaks on behalf of another. She gave alarming statistics on the mistreatment of children, not only in America, but around the world as many children are still used in sweatshops. In America, so many children are hungry and live in less desirable conditions with anything but a good future without the help of others. She noted approximately 702,000 children in the United States are victims of maltreatment. She told of CAYA, Come As You Are, a non-profit program in Paulding County where there is an advocacy program to help so many children.

Mrs. Palmer was assisted by Kay Nelms and Carol Souther in presenting dialogue on foster families citing one family who does foster children, noting some of the challenges in addition to the many blessings. She closed her program with the statement “Jesus loves the children and we all should too!”

Prior to the program Melanie Wells, facilitator, presided and led the ladies in the WMU Watchword. Leslie McAvoy continued with a devotional on generosity using Luke 6:36 as her focus. She also talked about a generous spirit as found in 2 Corinthians 8:2-26 and stated one with a generous spirit is sensitive to the needs of others; sees needs as opportunities; notes liberality flows to a life surrendered to God; and a generous spirit is not an emotion but a decision. She also led in the opening prayer.

Mrs. Wells welcomed new member, Kathryn Hunter.

During the business meeting, numerous reports were given. Mrs. Wells thanked those who helped with the chili cook-off for World Hunger.

Several announcements included Operation Christmas Child where again First Baptist will serve as a collection center November 13-20. Everyone was encouraged to fill shoeboxes for this program. Also announced was the Week of Prayer for International Missions and the program focus on December 6 when Jerry Claxton, missionary to Israel, will speak during the prayer meeting hour. The group will assist with that mission meal. Also Lunch with Lottie is planned for December 12 at the Mission Center.

Sharon Williamson shared programs from the Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer at the Georgia Baptist Association Mission Center. Each contained areas needing prayer around the world. Members were also reminded to drop by the center to help fill backpacks for the Appalachian Backpack Project.

In mission action led by Mrs. Nelms, members voted continued support for Hope Chest and their sponsored child in Swaziland, Chris Drinkard and his ministry in the Philippines, and Operation Bedspread which helps supply beds for children where needed. She reminded members of Christmas caroling the morning of December 2 to several locations in the area.

Following the program Carol Souther led mission support and after names of the missionaries with birthdays on November 6 were given and those with special needs named, Mrs. Nelms closed in prayer.

Mrs. Madden and Carol Souther served delicious refreshments during a time of fellowship.

Attending with the hostesses were Julia Palmer, Kay Nelms, Leslie McAvoy, Cheryl Edwards, Susan Pope, Eloise Wood, Gail Hunter, Kathryn Hunter, Priscilla Moore, Melanie Wells, Rosemary Hopkins, and Sharon Williamson.

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