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LWML Convention Highlights

The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) welcomed 3,105 people, including 691 first-timers, to their June 20–23 convention in Mobile, Alabama. The convention theme was “In Praise to the Lord!” based on 1 Chronicles 16:23–24a.

Delegates to the 38th Biennial Convention adopted a $2,100,000 mission goal for the 2019–2021 biennium. This goal, by the grace of God, will fund 21 mission grants as men and women respond in prayer and offerings during the next two years. LWML chose to support the following mission grants, pledging their support with prayers and mites (offerings) given over the next biennium:

  1. Water and the Word for Rural Schools in Kenya: $80,000
  2. Teach Me Too – Preschoolers with Learning Needs in Austin, TX (LSEM): $100,000
  3. Mission Outreach for At-Risk Young Women in Africa (LHM): $100,000
  4. God’s Grace for This Generation (LAMP): $100,000
  5. God’s Word Changes Everything (LBT): $95,000
  6. Mobile Medical Mercy Mission Bus in Guatemala: $100,000
  7. Restoring Hope for Detroit Children and Families — Camp Restore Detroit: $100,000
  8. Lights for Christ Scholarships in Guatemala: $95,000
  9. Wind River Indian Reservation Transportation in Wyoming (WRLM): $40,000
  10. Ministry in Motion at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mobile, AL: $58,000
  11. Touching the Living Word (LBW): $100,000
  12. Women’s Witness and Mercy in Asia (Mission Central): $100,000
  13. Digital Media Development (LFL): $30,000
  14. Hope and Healing Hub of Downtown Lincoln, NE: $50,000
  15. Pre- and Post-Seminary Training for Local Church Workers in Africa: $62,650
  16. Preparing Leaders for Tomorrow (LCMS School Ministries): $80,000
  17. Christ for You, Anytime, Anywhere (KFUO Radio): $60,000
  18. Sri Lanka Multipurpose Building Construction (LCMS OIM): $50,000
  19. Making Jesus Known in the US Ethnic Communities at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO: $100,000
  20. Music Outreach, Classes, and Resources on the Border in El Paso, TX: $98,400
  21. LCMS Deaconess Ministry (LCMS OIM): $39,523
The delegates also elected new LWML leaders in Mobile.
  • President: Debbie Larson
  • Vice President of Organizational Resources: Marie Chow
  • Vice President of Special Focus Ministries: Deaconess Betty Knapp
  • Treasurer: Karla Koehler
  • Pastoral Counselor: Rev. Brian Noack
  • Nominating Committee: Sylvia Bean, Carrie Brumbaugh, Mary Harrington, Crystal Miller, and Brianne Stahlecker, Chairman

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and by supporting global missions. For more information on each month’s mission focus, visit LWML.org. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 AM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.

June LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) mission grant of $50,000 for RECONNECT to the Body of Christ—Circuit 28.

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.Luke 10:2

Did you know that the United States is the third-largest mission field in the world? Hard to believe, but unfortunately all too true. But think of the opportunity to share the Gospel right here in our own backyard!

There is no place more in need of missionaries than the Rio Grande Valley of Texas on the Mexican border. In Brownsville, the most economically depressed area in the United States as of 2015, 35% of all households live in poverty. The majority of those living in poverty are Hispanic and unchurched. The congregations of Texas District Circuit 28 have a great desire to work together as one group in training mission workers to share the Word and support this community.

A large part of the problem is that they, like most Americans, do not know their neighbors. We need to reconnect! The goal is to bring the Good News of Jesus through new relationships with students, congregations and the community using the missional training programs provided through this grant. The beauty of this idea is that the churches will share resources—resources like trained church workers in the circuit and existing programs in the local congregations like ESL classes and literacy programs. Through these efforts they will bring people together to establish new relationships and share the love of Jesus.

The grant will provide for startup costs, training materials, scholarships, transportation costs and other expenses to train new leaders to go and make disciples. Praise God!

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and by supporting global missions. For more information on each month’s mission focus, visit LWML.org. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 AM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.

Follow-Up from The Matthews House Meal

On March 28, over thirty volunteers from Saint John’s worked together to provide a meal for about 120 people on Behalf of The Matthews House. The families were clients of The Matthews house who have worked either directly with staff (improving parenting skills, a housing situation or employment) or through involvement in a Community Life Center.

Many thanks to Linda Funke, who coordinated the meal and did so much work to make this great event happen, and to all those who were involved in one way or another in providing the dinner. Lise Harwell, a Saint John’s member who works at The Matthews House, said “We heard many compliments about the food, and I know families had a lot of fun!”

Linda mentioned that she was already talking to volunteers about “next time,” so be sure to watch for this event again next spring!

The Board of Human Needs finds opportunities for the members of Saint John’s to provide a Christian witness by helping people in the community struggling with daily necessities.

May LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) mission grant of $75,000 for the Restoration Programs for Native Hawaiians, Lutheran Indian Ministries.

To most Americans Hawaii is a vacation paradise with beautiful beaches, warm sunshine and carefree days. But to the native Kanaka people life has been full of pain and suffering since the island was colonized. Many were victimized in ways similar to the Native Americans of the mainland during the expansion of the west. Now, many social issues face this proud people. In recent years the homeless population has grown. Many of homeless are native Hawaiians who are hardworking people but can’t afford the extremely high cost of living. So, even though they work two jobs, they struggle with poverty and the resulting problems of crime, violence and suicide.

Lutheran Indian Ministries (LIM) is at work in Hawaii with the Kanaka people, but they have found that the ministry works best if it is done by Kanaka people so a Kanaka-to-Kanaka program was started. One of the Kanaka men, Clarence, has completed two years of theological training. He is working with LIM to be a witness of God’s love to his people, to train new leaders in the faith and to address the spiritual, social and emotional needs of his people.

This grant will help pay for Clarence’s theological training; set up a VBS/Teen Camp; provide materials for Bible studies and set up seminars about sexual abuse and leadership training. A former church building is available for these programs provided through this grant. Because of LIM and Clarence, a soon to be LCMS pastor, the Kanaka people will have someone they know and trust to bring the life-saving message of Jesus Christ to them and their families.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and by supporting global missions. For more information on each month’s mission focus, visit LWML.org. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 AM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.

April LWML Mission Grant Story

Lights are flashing, sirens blaring. When you see an ambulance racing by, do you wonder who is hurting, what family is fearing the worst? Crises happen in our world. Most we never know anything about. But since 2006, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has sent medical teams to areas of the world where a crisis may not be answered by a hasty professional response, where medical care is needed and often unavailable.

Mercy Medical Teams (MMT) give opportunities for Christians with special skills and abilities ways to share with those who are in underserved countries and have limited means of medical support. These short-term volunteers gain experience using their gifts to help others while also learning how their vocation can serve our Lord both here in the United States and throughout the world. At times, they may be able to speak with patients about Jesus or just pray with them.

This grant will provide funds for student nurses wishing to volunteer for a MMT trip. Working with the Nursing Departments of the Concordia University System (CUI) and LCMS Health Ministry, the Director of Nursing for Concordia University Campus will send ten student nurses overseas for ten days to partner with the Lutheran Hospital in Antsirabe, Madagascar, to work with patients along with the Malgasy staff.

They will learn about cross-cultural expectations and nursing care prior to their trip. While in Madagascar, they will work with the health care providers, learn what mobile clinics provide and help educate communities about women’s health issues and hygiene. Most importantly, they will learn about the global body of Christ. After returning to their classes, they will be debriefed and share their stories with others. Nursing students often find they have received far more than they have given. LCMS mission trips are remembered long after returning home. One participant of a MMT commented, “You begin to realize that God knows each and every one … and suddenly you no longer consider [them] patients, but children of God, just like yourself.”

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and by supporting global missions. For more information on each month’s mission focus, visit LWML.org. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 AM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.

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