Emmanuel Baptist Church Sabo-oke, Ilorin started in the house of Pa D.B Adewojo on the 22nd January 1967. In attendance at the inaugural worship service were Seven (7) women and Ten (10) children. It could be said that the Women Missionary Union (WMU) of the church started then, though there was no formal inauguration of the Union.
The Baptist women’s Missionary Union of Emmanuel Baptist Church is a member of Baptist WMU of Nigeria whose common goal is to stimulate private and public prayer, daily reading of God’s word and spreading the gospel among people. The union composed of Women Missionary Society, Lydia Auxiliary, Girl’s Auxiliary and sunbeam band (organization) Evangelism, prayer Mission, Bible Study, stewardships and service.
Since the inception of the union, remarkable progress has been recorded from time to time.
For the growth and fellowship in the church, societies were inaugurated in 1968, the women were divided into three (3). As at today, the societies have increased to (16) societies. We also have glorious women for the English church worshipers. WMU of EMBC identifies with Evangelism of the church hence her continuous training of pastors in the seminary at Ogbomosho & UMCA Theological College Ilorin. WMU of the church also engaged in the training young girls, ladies and children and sponsored them to attend meetings up till convention level. WMU bought a bus for the church to use for evangelism and mission in the year 30/11/84 and 12/05/2013 respectively.
WMU of EMBC identifies with Evangelism of the church hence her continuous training of Pastors in the Seminary at Ogbomosho & UMCA Theological College Ilorin.
In the year 2013 WMU of the church gave birth to a new ministry called WMU Benevolence Ministry. This ministry helps alleviates the sorrowful state of some of the poor widows, aged and less privileged women in the church. They also render assistance to the indigent students. WMU Benevolence ministry currently finances the empowerment programme of WMU in the church, the sum of one million naira (N 1,000,000) have been released to WMU of the church for her empowerment programme.
In conclusion, the WMU of EMBC has contributed and is still contributing tremendously to the development and growth of the church at large, demonstrating a motherhood-like nature towards members of the church and supporting the vision of the church as well.