WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – At the Aug. 23 meting of the Coordinating Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina (CBFNC), the Council unanimously approved a recommendation from members of the CBFNC New Day Task Force that the CBFNC express support to Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) of North Carolina. In keeping with that recommendation, CBFNC will promote and receive an emergency offering in the next two months for the support of the ministries of WMU in these days of transition.
“WMU of North Carolina has been the missions backbone for Baptists in North Carolina for over 120 years,” said Larry Hovis, CBFNC coordinator. “With gratitude for the tremendous support they have provided for Baptist missions in the past, CBF of North Carolina wants to help ensure that their legacy of missions leadership and empowerment will continue in the future, and stand with them in a special way during this critical time of transition.”
Earlier this week, WMU of North Carolina announced it would relinquish its offices provided by the Baptist State Convention and seek new space in the Raleigh area.
CBFNC has encouraged partner congregations to observe a day of prayer for WMUNC on Sept. 30. Additionally, churches who wish to offer additional financial support can mail contributions to CBF North Carolina, 8025 North Point Blvd., Suite 205, Winston-Salem, NC27106, and clearly marked for the WMUNC offering.
“WMU of North Carolina is very appreciative of the continued support of CBFNC and the churches of this fellowship,” said Ruby Fulbright, executive director of WMU of North Carolina. “We are grateful for the partnership we share in missions education and involvement. Now, I am overwhelmed by your kindness in helping us to meet practical needs – paying the bills. So many times the Father shows His amazing love in very unexpected ways.”
The Coordinating Council’s decisions were first announced Aug. 23 at the CBFNC New Day Celebration at FirstBaptistChurch in Gastonia, N.C. The New Day Celebration was the last of a series of 10 celebration events held across the state this spring and summer. More than a 1,000 Baptists from 125 churches in North Carolina have participated in these celebrations.
“The WMU of North Carolina has leapt out in faith and grabbed hold of Isaiah’s promise that God is doing a new thing, that God is making a way through the wilderness,” said Paul Baxley, pastor of First Baptist Church of Henderson and chair of the CBFNC New Day task force. “Now they’re looking to us, watching and waiting to see if we would leap out and join them in this new day.”
To learn more about the CBFNC, go to www.cbfnc.org.