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Women for Mission was established over 100 years ago to promote the growth of the Christian faith by encouraging interest in mission as well as giving practical support to the Church’s mission work at home and overseas.
We seek to do this in three ways:
- By raising funds for mission projects which seek to offer help in areas of health, education, poverty and disaster around the world.
We actively support mission by recognising and meeting the real and practical needs of those on the mission field. As a joint effort, fundraising also helps to unite us together as Christians, building personal connections to the work, opening our eyes to the spiritual needs of the world and encouraging a heart for mission.
We encourage fundraising in various ways. Every year, we organise a project that everyone can get involved in. Our project for 2019/2020 is called Mobilising for Mission. Through annual projects like this, we are able to raise money for wide rage of mission work both at home and abroad.
WfM’s Support A Volunteer Fund gives financial assistance to Free Church members who are volunteering for short-term mission work overseas. Supporting mission at home in Scotland is also hugely important to us. A few years ago, we established a Heart for Home Fund which offers support to those who wish to show Jesus’ compassion to those around them in their communities.
- By encouraging women of all ages in the Free Church of Scotland to use their gifts to support mission.
Supporting mission is also a fantastic opportunity to get creative and use our gifts. We have all been given gifts, and God loves it when we use them. How could you use your particular gifts to support mission or get involved in it directly?
- By facilitating prayer and support for home and international mission.
Most importantly, mission work requires heartfelt prayer – individually, locally and nationally. One of the best ways for us to develop a heart for mission is to gather together with others and simply learn more, to raise awareness of various needs, to pray for mission work and to think of real ways we can actively support it and get involved. There are many local WfM groups and mission support groups in Free Churches throughout Scotland who organise gatherings, events, initiatives and fundraising activities in their churches.
On a national level, we encourage prayer for mission though both our Annual Meeting and our biennial Women’s Conference, which is popular with women of all ages. These meetings are a superb opportunity to gather together, learn more and be encouraged about the variety of mission work that is happening in Scotland and beyond.