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Jacksonville woman elected as WMU state president

By Barbara Denman

May 1, 2013

LEESBURG—During the Missional Connection meeting, April 12-13, members of the Florida WMU elected Anna Guy of Jacksonville as the 30th president in the organization’s 120-year history. She has been involved in the Florida WMU program for 25 years.

Guy, a member of Lake Shore Baptist Church, serves as the WMU director and participates in the church’s numerous ministries, including food pantry, clothes closet, backpack program for needy school-age children, free medical clinic and food collection for the City Rescue Mission.

The retired businesswoman has contributed in many hands-on missions projects, including leading Bible studies in Perth, Australia and numerous mission trips to Haiti. She was appointed this year as a NAMB Mission Service Corps missionary to work with the Jacksonville Baptist Association in the Senior Adult Network and port ministry.

In 2010 Guy completed her Certificate of Missional Development through the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary by completing five Online Leadership Development Courses written by the Women’s Missions and Ministries staff. The courses are based on the WMU organization guides.

Calling her, “a lifelong learner,” Cindy Goodwin, team strategist for the Convention's Women's Missions and Ministries/Missions Education, said these courses have provided her with additional background on the age-level missions education organizations of WMU and Women’s Enrichment Ministries that “will enable her to lead our statewide organization.”

Goodwin said she is excited with Guy’s election. “The fact that she lives in Jacksonville will provide multiple opportunities for us to work together to strengthen missions education in our state.

“We believe that the foundation of missions education begins with preschoolers and continues through all generations. We are excited about the days ahead. As we celebrate 120 years in 2014, I believe with God’s help the future is bright.

Also elected to statewide posts were Suzette Gibson of Cudjoe Key, recording secretary; Irma Hernandez Moss of Orlando and Clysta de Armas of Port Charlotte, multicultural team co-coordinators.

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