March 11th, 2010 at 2:52 pm
DALLAS – In a recent board meeting on March 6, the board of directors for the Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas approved the 2010 Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions goal of $4.105 million and the tentative allocations for 2011 mission endeavors to be funded by the offering.
The Mary Hill Davis Offering is an offering started in 1910 by the Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas to provide funding for mission needs in Texas. The offering provides support for more than 75 mission ministries in Texas as well as the total budget for the WMU of Texas. The WMU of Texas does not receive any Cooperative Program funding, causing the budget to be based solely on the offering.
Each September, a week of prayer is held for Texas missions supported by the offering so that Texas Baptists can learn ways to become involved and see what God is doing throughout the state. This year’s emphasis will be on “Called to Care.”
Because giving to the offering was lower than hoped for by about $1.9 million in 2009, the goal for 2010 was reduced.
“The goal for the 2010 offering to be distributed in 2011 was necessarily reduced because of the economy and realistically reaching the goal,” said Nelda Seal, interim executive director-treasurer for the Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas.
The $1.9 million gap also caused the WMU of Texas board to adopt a revised and reduced budget for 2010 so that the organization can stay within the means of income from the offering.
Seal said allocations for the 2009 offering, which is funding missions and ministry for this year, have been reduced by 20 percent with the rare exception of church planting. The WMU of Texas budget took the largest reduction at 22 percent.
“The WMU budget was reduced mostly by 20 percent, as most everywhere else has been,” Seal said. “But you will see that church starts and a few other endeavors were not reduced because that is who we are as Texas Baptists…. Though the allocations were reduced, I have received many notes of appreciation from those receiving the money stating that they realize difficult decisions had to be made this year.”
Through distribution of the offering, Church Under the Tree will be able to continue ministering to hurting and disadvantaged teens in Plano and a few college students will be trained in cross-cultural ministry so that they can befriend and share the gospel with the thousands of international students on Texas campuses.
The offering also will help churches along the Texas-Mexico border provide food, medical care and literacy education to children and families in need. Also, children at the South Texas Children’s Home minister to others through a local and international mission endeavor during summer break.
After the budget adoption, the personnel committee reported that two more applicants for the executive director-treasurer position were interviewed, but still no candidates have been found that meet the stated criteria for the position. At this point, the committee does not have any additional applications to review, but the group will continue to seek to fill the position.
“The personnel committee continues to pray and seek for the right person for the position,” Seal said.
Also announced were two Texas Acteens who were chosen to serve on the National Acteen Panel for 2010 – Aman Majok of Amarillo and Morgan Shepherd of Humble.
In other business that day, officer nominations were announced during the meeting for the first time in WMU history.
“In the life of WMU today, there is a heightened need for transparency,” said Joy Fenner, president of the Texas WMU. “In that spirit, the nominating committee wishes to announce the nominees for officers for the upcoming year. This slate of officers will be presented for election at the Annual Meeting next month.”
Those nominated are Gloria Mills of Henderson for president, Merle Cross of Gilmer for first vice president, Irma Alvarado of Donna for second vice president, Lynette McBride of Hillsboro for third vice president and Mary Watson of Harlingen for recording secretary.
The nominees will be voted on during the Texas WMU Annual Meeting at First Baptist Church in Georgetown. For more information on the Annual Meeting, visit www.wmutx.org or call 888-968-6389.