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Eastern Valley Baptistís women impact worldcomment (0)

February 14, 2008

The handiwork of the Women on Mission (WOM) of Eastern Valley Baptist Church, Bessemer, touched the world last year.

The Bessemer Baptist Association church’s women met needs in Africa, Central America, Birmingham and elsewhere.

“Missions have always been important at Eastern Valley,” said Pam Davis, the group’s leader and wife of Pastor E. Paul Davis.

In 2007 alone, the WOM collected sheets for a hospital in Ghana, sewed dresses for children in Belize, made blankets for locally hospitalized children, read with local elementary school children and collected eyeglasses for people in Peru. The WOM group also sponsored a women’s holiday dinner to raise money for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

The church has two WOM groups with 20–25 members. Davis said many projects involve senior adult WOM members who may not be able to attend meetings but have a great desire to meet missions needs.

Carol Lewis, who leads many of these projects, started a dressmaking ministry with five other Eastern Valley seamstresses for Belizean children. The volunteers turn the dresses out quickly at a cost of as little as $1. Lewis also regularly corresponds with a Ghanaian hospital and led church members to meet the hospital’s desperate need for sheets.

Lewis summed up the Eastern Valley view of missions-mindedness, “I don’t think you can be a Baptist without doing missions.”

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