It is with a heavy heart that the WMI Executive Board announces that WMI must dissolve this ministry effective December 31, 2018.
As you know from our president, Alma Jasinski, in our April 3, 2018, e-newsletter, we have struggled due to declining numbers in membership as well as regular financial contributions. While many of you responded to our call for financial administrative help, it became clear that we could not continue and be fiscally responsible. Therefore, after much prayer and discussion, the Executive Board took this action.
There is no question that WMI has been the voice of women that had no voice … a light in a dark world for over 124 years. Over that time our advocacy has grown and changed. In recent years, we have become a part of a global team serving women — growing from a single candle in the darkness, to a bright flame. The voices of women around the world are now being heard by others, not only in the Free Methodist family, but also, within other organizations that champion women.
The light of Christ will continue to be carried!
We will diligently work to publicize our Special Projects until December 31, 2018, in our e-newsletter. All these projects are viable and important to women in the 20 countries we are supporting this year. They will all be carried on and supervised by the area directors or missionaries that are in charge of them now. We encourage you to consider supporting our remaining projects for this year. Should there be more than enough money given for a specific project, our policy has always been that the overflow will go toward underfunded projects.
We also want you to know that if there has been a project close to your heart that you want to continue supporting financially, we can put you in touch with the area director or missionary in charge. Please email Brownie Kocher, special projects coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
In the new year, we encourage you to partner with our other Free Methodist organizations such as the Set Free Movement, SEED, and International Child Care Ministries for projects and opportunities they are already doing to support women. Talk with the missionaries supported by your local church for other ideas. Continue to advocate to your church missions committee for projects concerning women. Join forces with others who are fighting for the same goals and objectives.
Remember to check the current financial status of our special projects by going to our website at fmwmi.com.
Thank you for your partnership in the gospel that helped women find faith in Christ, grow in Christ, and share the love of Christ to others. We have faith that the legacy of WMI will be carried on in the hearts of our sisters around the world. Thank you for being a vital part of this important ministry that has made a kingdom difference for 124 years.
In His firm grip,
WMI Executive Board
Rev. Alma Jasinski, Executive President
Rev. Denise Abston, Mid-America Representative
Susy Fajardo, European Regional Representative
Brownie Kocher, Pacific Northwest Representative, Special Projects
Debra Hancock, Treasurer
Rev. Robin Sostak, Secretary
Joyce Thompson, Prayer Coordinator, Mid-America Representative