FBC Union Springs women assist community

Ask Gail Barr about her Women on Mission (WOM) group and you’ll get a taste of just how excited she is about it.

Barr, WOM president for First Baptist Church, Union Springs, in Bullock Baptist Association, grew up in the area. She said it’s been a “lovely, sweet place” to live and a good place to raise her children.

And now, after being retired for about 20 years, she said that unless God surprises her with a different plan, she will probably end up staying right there for the rest of her life. Union Springs is her missions field and she’s embracing that.

And her WOM group of about 12 women is embracing that too.

“We like to learn about missionaries and we also like to do things ourselves here,” Barr said. “We’re a busy little group.”

In May they hosted a tent at the Chunnenuggee Fair, which takes place every spring right outside the church.

‘In Jesus’ name’

“We gave a cup of cool water in Jesus’ name. This year we also made salvation bracelets,” Barr said.

“We used the fair as an opportunity to have conversations and make contact with a lot of people we wouldn’t see otherwise.”

Pastor Bill Cannon said it’s a great outreach for First, Union Springs.

“The community is gathered right there on the main street, North Prairie. And our church is in a prime location,” he said. “The ladies have been doing that for years now. They are able to share a word from the Lord with people, pray with them and help them out with anything they might need. It’s a blessing.”

And the WOM group doesn’t stop there. They stay on call for area DHR, ready to provide clothes and other items for foster children who show up with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. They collect needed items for Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries.

And every month they open up a clothing room at First, Union Springs, and offer gently used clothes to the community that have been donated by church members, she said.

‘We love the Lord’

“We love the Lord and we love doing what we do,” Barr said. “We just pray we are honoring Him.” (Grace Thornton)