WMI Executive President
Thank you for your prayers, your participation, and your finances for Women's Ministries International (WMI)! You make a difference. I see it in the faces and lives of the women I meet, both in the United States and abroad. Your sisters and many brothers send you their love and thankfulness. They pray for you and me and so appreciate our prayers for them. Each time I leave them, they tell me, Please do not forget us. Please come back.
J. Hudson Taylor, the great missionary to China, won many to the Lord and accomplished incredible things for God. However, in the process, he lost his first wife, his second wife and some of his children to disease and unsanitary conditions. At the end of his life, he was in such pain that he said, "I cannot read; I cannot think; I cannot even pray; but I can trust." What strength! What faith! And the price of attaining this great faith? Facing life's impossibilities day by day! He learned he could trust the Lord, through the good, the bad and the ugly.
At one time he noted, I have found there are three stages to every great work of God: first it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.
There is SO much to do! It IS impossible! It IS difficult! But soon it will be done! We serve the Lord of Heaven; the great, Almighty God; Creator of heaven and earth and everything that is in them. He is working on our behalf.
Will we step out and step up to the challenge?! Will we believe as William Carey, missionary to India stated, "(I will) expect great things from God, (I will) attempt great things for God."
It is my purpose and prayer to do more in the coming days than I've done before: to contact more people, to visit more churches and conferences state side, to encourage women where ever they are to look to Jesus, to unite with other women and go forward with strength, obeying the call of the Lord given in Joshua 1:9, to you and me, Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. NASB
I pray that the Lord will give us fruitfulness, individually and collectively, as we seek to honor Him and fulfill His plan and purpose. My heart is united with you in Christ; I am privileged to serve together with you for His Kingdoms sake and eternity.
Executive President, Women's Ministries International
LaWanda committed her life to the Lord as a teenager and began an exciting journey that she could have never imagined on her own. In the last eight years she has traveled to over twenty countries and many cities in the United States, bringing hope, encouragement and renewal through God’s Word to individuals and congregations. She and her husband, Rex, have co-pastored churches in Texas, California, Florida and Washington. They are currently mentoring a leadership team in Auburn WA.
LaWanda serves as Women’s Ministries International Executive President of the Free Methodist Church USA and as Secretary/Treasurer of Dayspring Ministries, an international media outreach. She and Rex will celebrate 50 years of marriage in June 2017, are still in love and enjoying life together. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Being a mom and Nana brings great joy to LaWanda’s heart. Her excitement, passion and fervor comes from her vital relationship with Christ, her Savior, Redeemer and Friend whom she serves with total dedication.