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January LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) grant of $100,000 for Lutheran Braille Workers, Laborers of Love.

Did you know there are approximately eleven million blind and visually impaired people in the United States? Or that of those eleven million, about 95% are unchurched? For 74 years Lutheran Braille Workers (LBW) has been using resources to engage blind and visually challenged people by giving both spiritual and physical encouragement. Since they combined in 2012, Lutheran Blind Mission Society and Lutheran Braille Workers (LBW) are helping the visually challenged to “see” Jesus with “eyes of faith” through the use of large print and braille Bibles.

Laborers of Love will use this grant of $100,000 to print 20,000 English Standard Version (ESV) Bibles at more than 100 LBW Work Centers in the United States. This is a complicated process of transcription, creating and embossing zinc plates and then printing a complete ESV Bible of 37 volumes in either large print or braille for a cost of $185. On the commercial market this same Bible would sell for $810, making the purchase of this Bible cost prohibitive for many blind and visually impaired persons. The Laborers of Love grant project will give these Bibles free of charge to recipients.

As a Recognized Service Organization (RSO), this ministry serves about 1,200 active participants in 60 Outreach Centers throughout 23 states. LBW seeks to reach out to people with visual limitations so they too have the saving news of Jesus.

Many blind or visually impaired persons have been mistakenly told that their blindness is punishment for sin, or if they have enough faith, they’ll be healed. Because of this misinformation, many of the visually challenged become discouraged or have rejected God. Being able to read a Bible and learn of the saving news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection will give them encouragement and hope.

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. 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.

December LWML Mission Grant Story

One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.Psalm 145:4

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) grant of $48,000 to complete the construction of the school buildings of Lukonda Lutheran School in Uganda.

As God has commanded us, each generation is to teach the next His promises. This grant will complete the second phase of construction of two classroom buildings in the Lukonda Village of the Kayunga District of Uganda, providing a finished space to teach children. Two buildings with four classrooms each were completed in 2016 with labor and materials from Resurrection Lutheran Church in Cary, North Carolina, the Southeastern District of the LCMS and the Lutheran Church of Uganda (LCU).

The people of the village helped by providing bricks and land, but presently the buildings have only exposed brick and metal roofs. They lack doors, windows, concrete flooring and painted walls. One of the rooms needs a temporary wall between two of the classrooms to accommodate weekly Lutheran worship services. This new grant will provide for the finishing touches to make a more comfortable school for educating 100 to 200 children from ages four to twelve. An LCU member will be the coordinator of this project and his expenses will be covered with this grant. He will report directly to the President of LCU.

LWML mites will help Ugandan children learn about Jesus and equip them with skills that will benefit them as they grow spiritually and use their God-given gifts to benefit the next generations. To God be the Glory!

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 19:14

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. 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.

November LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) grant of $93,000 for Training Lutheran Middle Eastern Missionaries.

The Biblical Orthodox Lutheran Mission (BOLM) is a ministry primarily to Arabic-speaking people, most of whom are Muslim. This ministry brings the Good News of salvation by the power of the Holy Spirit through an internet seminary.

There are many challenges when sharing the love of Christ and teaching the Word of God to people of the Muslim faith from around the world. The possibility of confusion, stress and persecution are increased as Satan tries to maintain his stronghold. But the Holy Spirit works in the hearts of many as they hear Biblical truth. These Arabic students are eager to learn about Jesus, and this leads to many giving their testimony of faith and to their baptism.

Pastor Naeem with a Somali convert after her baptism

This Grant will allow the Biblical Orthodox Lutheran Mission to:

  1. Operate the Internet Seminary for two years;
  2. Provide Bibles in many languages for Muslims;
  3. Print Luther’s Small Catechism in Arabic; and
  4. Pay for cell phones, land lines and an international phone network.

    These provisions will assist the BOLM in bringing the Good News of salvation, in discipling and educating new believers, and, as God’s plan unfolds, assist in commissioning new missionaries around the world who will share the life-giving Word of God and the love of Jesus with many others.

    Pastor Naeem with parishioners in Cloves, New Mexico

    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. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.

October LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) grant of $100,000 for the Ministry in Mission Christian Eldercare Home in Jacmel, Haiti.

Haiti is a nation in need of special attention. Since the earthquake in 2010, Lutheran baptisms in Haiti have been multiplied beyond expectations and Lutheran church attendance is increasing. However, many physical and spiritual needs of Haitian brothers and sisters in Christ are left unmet.

Ministry in Mission desires to fulfill the intent of creating a true community for Haitian Lutherans by providing a safe living environment for Haitians in the Jacmel area, particularly the forgotten elderly. The Christian Eldercare Home will be built on the same property where an orphanage was constructed in 2014. It will be for elderly people who have outlived their families, some of whom are currently living in tents and deplorable conditions. With the two facilities on the same property, the children will have grandparents to dote on them and the elderly will have children to make them smile. The center, built with funds supplied by this grant, would be a dwelling with clean water, suitable waste containment, beds, food and care for these forgotten people.

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. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.

LWML Sunday “Celebrating Lutheran Women in Mission” Brunch, Plant & Bake Sale

Our annual event is coming soon! The members of Saint John’s always look forward to this great opportunity to eat, socialize and shop while supporting a worthy cause. Join us in the Large Fellowship Hall on Sunday, October 14, starting right after the worship service.

We will again serve a continental breakfast of egg muffins, fruit and juice (and coffee!), available for a free will offering. Be sure to complement your breakfast with a purchase from our variety of delicious homemade baked goods at the bake sale. The prices are low and every item is made with homemade care!

We will then have Bible class and Sunday school as usual. You will have a chance to finish up your shopping after Bible class, until noon.

All of Saint John’s members are invited to provide a broad variety of baked goods and plants. If you bake or have too many plants, please consider donating!

This event is sponsored by our Lutheran Women in Mission (Saint John’s Mission Guild) and Thrivent Financial. All proceeds from the Brunch, Plant & Bake Sale will go to our recipient, the Ben Vanderhyde family serving in Sri Lanka.

Please help support this fundraiser with your donations and purchases at this year’s Brunch, Plant & Bake Sale on Sunday, October 14.

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. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.

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