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Focus on WMU is a time for churches to highlight ways in which God is changing lives through missions discipleship opportunities provided by WMU.
Prayer at IMB appointment service

Friends and family gather to pray over new missionaries during a February 27 IMB appointment service at Hope Church, Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo courtesy of IMB.

This year's Woman's Missionary Union missions celebration will feature a unique opportunity for Southern Baptists to witness a joint commissioning service of up to one hundred new IMB and NAMB field personnel.

With the WMU annual meeting theme "Go Forward," the commissioning service highlights the 2014 WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting which will take place June 8–9, 2014, in Baltimore. The commissioning service will be at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, June 8, in the Baltimore Convention Center Ballroom.

"Commissioning missionaries for special service is a great privilege," said Wanda S. Lee, executive director of national WMU. "It is a time to celebrate their calling, voice our affirmation a...

"The bubonic plague of today's church."

That’s how Jay Dennis, senior pastor of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Florida, described pornography while visiting the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).

“Churches are facing a spiritual battle against a hidden plague that is keeping many believers from fulfilling their part of God’s mission,” Dennis said.

Dennis had already taken the men in his church through a six-week study on the issue of pornography—a study that revolutionized his church.

“The men were hungry to have practical tools to address the temptation to view pornography,” Dennis said. “A sense of revival broke out as men openly confessed their struggles in a safe environment. On the last night of our study, we invited the men, including their sons aged ten and older, to make the porn-free commitment.”

Richard Land, president of the ERLC, affirmed the support of the ERLC in helping pastors and churches across ...