After making a commitment in 2007 to minister among needy women and children in mission settings, Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina (WMU-NC) has sponsored trips to Texas, California, Kentucky and Hawaii.
In April the first international team went to Beirut, Lebanon, to minister among Bedouin women and children and other groups from the poorest of the poor, to some of the most influential people in all of Lebanon.
Team members helped local Christians assemble and distribute food boxes. They also helped at an orphanage for street children.
Many came to the orphanage with skin and/or lung diseases. Young girls often were victims of physical and sexual abuse; all of them forced to live horrific lifestyles just to survive. These precious children were given love and care for the first time, yet they were afraid to accept and receive it.
Several times a year, missionaries Chaouki and Maha Boulos, field personnel with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, organize and promote weekend celebrations of fellowship, music, and worship. Special invitations were extended to Palestinian college-age students from area refugee camps. Transportation was provided by the office of the Palestinian ambassador to Lebanon, and the ambassador himself addressed the gathering.
This is but one example of the political and religious leaders the Bouloses have befriended, all for the purpose of extending and expanding their work. Team members prayed with them and introduced them to the WMU-NC.
Chaouki is developing a Christian retreat and conference center, which North Carolina Baptist Men is helping to build, with trips scheduled in May, June and September. The common thread in every activity was prayer.
The N.C. team was Ashley Arnette, Mechele Arnette, Dorothy Barham, Ruth Bass, Laura Davis, Pat Davis, Ruby Fulbright, Tana Hartsell, Susan Taylor, and Delores Thomas.