Missions work plays a formative role in the development of many young American Christians. For Kristi Moore, her time spent as an adolescent at her local church participating in groups such as Mission Friends, Girls in Action and Acteens bring back fond memories.
A member of First Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas, Moore says her experiences, “really immersed me into this mission’s atmosphere,” which she credits for helping stir a passion in her that would cause her to later become engaged with the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU).
Moving back to her hometown after college, Moore wanted to be part of a WMU again however there were limited mission opportunities for her at her home church as a young adult. Despite her interest in missions, she put her energy into volunteering with the high school youth ministry, Acteens. After getting married and having her first child, she transitioned from Acteens to GA (a children’s ministry program) where she worked with first graders.
However, she continued to feel a desire and internal call to start a WMU. Moore said, “I still felt God whispering like, ‘Kristi, you need to start this younger WMU group’ and then I heard him get a little louder in my head.”
By the summer of 2019, “He was really just shouting at me,” she asserted.
Moore in a conversation with Angie Graves, First Baptist’s WMU director, Moore recalls saying, “I told her I felt like God was leading me down this road, and she was just ecstatic. And it was really easy from that point on. The church was ecstatic that someone was heading this up. And they basically said, ‘Whatever you need, we will do.’ So, we just started pretty fast. We really started planning in August, and then our first meeting was a few months after that.”
Graves replied that identifying an individual to lead a WMU at the church “has been my prayer since becoming director because there was a gap.”
“I think it will help those young women get a better understanding of what other people are going through,” Graves said. “It can also help them be more intentional about teaching their children about how they can help others and how they can be a missionary in their own hometown.”
The result was the emergence of Salt – a WMU group geared for young women in their mid-20s to 40s. At the group’s first meeting 34 women attended; then COVID-19 hit radically orienting what the group had initially envisioned its first months would look like.
Meetings were transitioned to an online format and for safety reasons in-person mission projects had to be put on hold for several months.
However, the group remains optimistic and has continued to find innovative ways to maintain its mission focus. Based on Matthew 5:13, encourages participants to be spiritual salt and light in their community and world. Describing the group’s focus as “purposeful and meaningful,” Moore commented, “We’re driven with the foundation that we’re sisters in Christ, and we all are yearning and desiring to practice servanthood and missions.”
Despite the unexpected twists of 2020, Moore and the dedicated women in Salt are still excited and are looking forward to fulfilling God’s mission for their lives.
Source: Baptist Standard