Who was Edna McMillan?
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Posted on August 27, 2012
The Oklahoma State Missions Offering is named in honor of Edna McMillan
, a woman who led the passionate cause of reaching Oklahomans with the Gospel.
learned early in life how to serve others as she
grew up in Attala, Miss. in the late 1800s.
parents were a great influence as she
learned how to pray from her
father and how to serve others from her
After graduating with honors from the Huntsville Female College
in Alabama in 1890, she
married a young Baptist man, George McMillan.
quest for godly character, and was inspired when she
first met him during a church service where he
pledged a generous amount to a special missions offering.
held numerous roles in the church and worked diligently and tirelessly for Oklahoma Woman's Missionary Union
She held many positions in WMU and served as state WMU president for 11 years from 1927-1938.
was an effective communicator and consistently challenged Oklahoma Baptists to give generously to state missions.
In 1932, she
said, "A rich man is one who has enough for himself and enough left over to help others.
be possessed of millions, a man is poor, who has only enough for himself."
The state WMU Board in 1939 met in Muskogee, where Edna
was surprised to hear the recommendation and later unanimous vote to name the State Missions Offering in her
many travels and days away from home to champion the mission cause, Edna
never accepted a penny for her
God gave Edna McMillan
the understanding that there is no better time to reach the lost than today.
understood that Now Is the Time to reach Oklahomans with the Gospel.
Will you continue in her