Today, as never before, we are being challenged to address exploding problems that are tearing at the very foundations of our families and society. New inventions such as computers, digital cameras, CDs, DVDs, the internet and various other electronic devices have improved our lives when used constructively; however, as conduits for pornography, gambling, and other evils, this technology has put our families at risk.
- We believe that God has an important plan for each of us, as well as for the WCTU. Scripture tells us that He wants to give us more than we ever thought to ask for. God has chosen to work though ordinary people to accomplish His will. As we continue to make prayer the cornerstone of our work, we encourage everyone to pray that God's will be done.
In her book, Jesus CEO Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership, Laurie Beth Jones stated, "Jesus was not content to sit around and reminisce about what used to be, he came to create new ways of thinking, to give us a new testament." It is important that we learn lessons from the past and that we apply them with new discernment to the present and the future.
In 1874, a small group of committed Christian women experienced trouble in their families because of the use and abuse of alcohol. They asked God for a solution. Convicted by the Holy Spirit, they took action.
With courage they shook up the status quo of their world. Reverberations were heard around the nation and women rallied to the cause. Led by God, they developed a strategy for rescuing humanity from the consequences of alcohol.
Out of that small grassroots uprising came an organization, the WCTU, which changed history in the United States and around the world.
We cherish the rich history of our past, and with Jesus as our example, the WCTU will continue to serve God so that "the gospel of Christ, may be worked out into the customs of society and the laws of the land," as stated in the WCTU Declaration of Principles. WCTU does and will make a positive difference as it challenges the public.
Many ask, what makes WCTU different from other organizations? We believe there are several differences; for example, our very philosophy promotes motherhood and protects families, in part, due to our message of temperance and purity.
WCTU leaders have always appreciated their greatest resources; members, families, and friends like you. We thank God for each and every one of YOU!
We know that with the help of God all things are possible.
What's in a Name?
Woman's - WCTU was formed exclusively of women because it was felt that if men had an equal place women would soon be forced into the background and deprived of the power of learning by experience.
Christian - the only word about which there was a debate. A few feared it would limit the number of members but the great majority declared that we did not come together to seek a large following.
Temperance - the moderate use of all things good, and total abstinence from all things questionable or harmful.
Union - the Crusaders went outside denominational boundaries. They extended their hands to grasp any that were held out in loyalty to the Gospel, no matter whether the woman was Protestant, Catholic, or not a member of a particular church.