A Revolutionary Calling

In the early 1800s, Polly Webb invited her friends to participate in a sewing circle. They sent the money they raised to support missionaries in India. Polly wrote letters inviting other women to do the same. She believed God called her to use her time, her talents, and her circle of influence to participate in the Great Commission, and she invited other women to join her.

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A few years later, in 1888, at Broad Street Methodist Church in Richmond, Virginia, a group of women came together for a singular purpose. They would agree to participate in the Great Commission together and to invite other women to do the same.

Some of the “brethren” were against the women organizing. They felt it was dangerous and revolutionary. They had no idea how right they were. For generations to come, ordinary women would respond to God’s call to pray, give, and go. Thousands upon thousands of women would invite their friends to join them in a missions lifestyle.

We are women who understand that God has a place for us in His work throughout the world. We are women who find creative ways to share the love of Christ. We are women who encourage and invite others to be on missions with us.

WMU was founded by women who believed everyone could respond to the Great Commission, and we continue to build on the foundation they laid. Lottie Moon said, “How can I not speak when I know the words of life?”

WMU helps Christians find their voice so they can speak the words of life using their own talents, time, and influence. Are we revolutionary? Absolutely.

Learn more about the revolutionary women who founded Woman’s Missionary Union in Rosalie Hunt’s book We’ve a Story to Tell: 125 Years of WMU.

The WMU Foundation supports the life-changing ministries of WMU which help fulfill the Great Commission both locally and globally. Sponsor one hour of WMU ministry for $34 through the WMU Vision Fund.

Zachariah Seanor

Director of Mission Advancement