Award Created in Memory of “Dr. Martha”

( [email protected] ) Jun 26, 2003 01:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX – The Woman’s Missionary Union announced the creation of the “Dr. Martha Myers GA Alumnae of Distinction Award” during its general meeting and missions celebration in Phoenix, June 15-16.

The award, named in honor of “Dr. Martha,” one of the International Missions Board field personnel killed in a Yemen hospital in December 2002, will be given annually to a GA Alumnae who “exhibits a missions lifestyle, has dramatically influenced the lives of others through missions, ministry, and/or civic duty and is a good role model for girls,” Baptist Press reported June 25.

"She was obedient to God's call and lived out her convictions in Yemen," said Wanda S. Lee, executive director/treasurer of WMU in presenting the award.

"While on the field, she demonstrated Christ's love as she pushed back boundaries and offered the Yemeni people a better life through improved health care. We are grateful to the Myers family for allowing us to honor Dr. Martha in this way."

Mitzi Gibbs Eaker, WMU's national consultant for Girls in Action, said, "As GA celebrates 90 years of encouraging girls to do their part in carrying out God's plan and serving others through missions, we are delighted to name this award after Dr. Martha who so clearly demonstrated a missions lifestyle."

The first award will be presented at the WMU annual meeting in 2004.