Mennonite Women of Virginia (MWV) holds an ‘annual missions day’ each spring. This event serves a variety of purposes. For 66 years, women from all around Virginia Mennonite Conference (VMC) gather for fellowship, a meal and to raise funds to share with mission workers and congregations in countries that have roots in Virginia Mennonite Missions (VMM). Food was brought to Ridgeway Mennonite Church by 130 women on February 21.
The 2019 theme was “Women Encouraging Women…through Prayer.” For the first time, Hispanic sisters were intentionally welcomed. All parts of the meeting were presented in both English and Spanish. There are four Hispanic congregations in VMC and we want to know and honor each other as sisters in Christ.
Lynn Suter, VMM director of international missions, concluded the program with a time of guided prayer.
Then the fun began – raising funds for sisters around the world.
Directed by Dianna Lehman, MWV missions needs secretary, women took a number representing a VMM mission worker/family or a congregation overseas. Gifts of $25, $50, $75 were soon offered. In the end $5,730 was raised!
The blessings of sharing this annual event together as Anglo and Hispanic sisters were abundant.
It is our goal to continue joining Anglo and Hispanic women in our MWV events. God has led is to this point and will continue to lead.
In March 2019, Gloria Lehman and Aldine Musser, MWV past president, traveled to Jamaica. They shared love gifts of $125 to each of the 13 congregations in Jamaica Mennonite Church which will be used for their women’s and children’s ministries. Joy Gabriel, president of the Women’s Department of Jamaica Mennonite Church, graciously receives the gift for her church, Good Tidings Mennonite Church, Kingston.
The delivery of these gifts with hugs and smiles represents “warm money” to our sisters. These resources are used to enhance women’s ministries and provide funds to attend their annual retreat.
Later this year, MWV representatives will share gifts with sisters in Italy, Albania, and Trinidad.