Yesterday after worship, our children received their Lula Whilden World Missions Offering collection banks to be returned on Sunday, December 10. In past years, the collection banks were made from an old tennis ball can, but this year new wooden boxes were purchased to be used for years to come. They were purchased with money from the Bonnie Arrington Memorial Fund. Bonnie taught Mission Friends for many years, and using the memorial gifts from her friends and family to purchase the new banks is a way to honor her legacy of encouraging children’s participation in missions.

For the second year, we are also excited that our youth are taking up their own collection. Follow their progress in the youth area in the AYMC as the girls battle the boys to see who can raise the most money. The contest will continue until December 10 during the Sunday morning service when the children’s banks and the youth collection will be returned. Last year, the combined collection from the children and youth nearly reached $1300.

Lula Whilden, member of First Baptist and a graduate of Greenville Female College, became the first single female career missionary when she was given permission by the Foreign Mission Board to accompany her sister and brother-in-law to China in the late 1800s. Her ministry focused on providing guidance and job training for blind girls and homeless women. Health issues would periodically force her to return home to recover, during which she would spend her time raising money for these important causes. She died at Baptist Hospital in Columbia in 1916 after being severely beaten in China.

Find out more about her by visiting here and reading her biography on our website.

As we celebrate Lula Whilden throughout the month of October, please remember to include this important offering in your giving plans. On average, about 30% of the First Baptist congregation makes a donation. Just think what we could do if all members made a contribution – no amount is too small to be put towards these worthy causes.

— Ryan Dennis