The Lula Whilden World Missions Offering is a significant way First Baptist Greenville supports the incredible ministry of our affiliates—Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina, and Alliance of Baptists. Formerly known as our Global Missions offering, we renamed the offering in 2011 as a way to reinvigorate our giving to these missions affiliates and to honor an early member of First Baptist, Miss Lula Whilden. After graduating from Greenville Female College in 1870 and while a member of First Baptist, Miss Whilden was appointed the first single career missionary by the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. (For those of you who were raised Baptist, you may be surprised to hear she preceded Lottie Moon by a full year in China.) Though she endured hardships and faced numerous dangers, Miss Whilden courageously and lovingly served the people of Canton, China, from 1872-1914. She truly embodied missions and the love of Christ for the human soul.

This year’s Lula Whilden offering goal is $125,000, and receipts as of November 22 are $59,990. Please remember to include this important offering in your giving plans. We are looking forward to our children’s bank return during worship on December 8 and the special offering collection at the Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols on December 22. On average, about 30% of the First Baptist Greenville 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, Lula Whilden Task Force

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