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LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) grant of $80,000 to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund.

For as long as the LWML has existed, Lutheran women have been making quilts to send to those in need. These same women have been putting together kits of health items or school supplies, baby needs or even just fabric. And since 1945 Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has been supplying these quilts and kits to those who need them most. These basic items help families to reallocate limited funds to other necessities as they work to break out of the chains of chronic poverty.

ANERA staff sort quilts shipped by LWR for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Getting these items to the farthest reaches of the world can be complex and challenging. Great care must be taken to ensure the program runs efficiently and that these materials reach these vulnerable people in remote areas. LWR has established a network of transportation, warehousing and distribution, enabling the recipients to live better lives and to know the love of Jesus.

Three survivors of the 2015 Nepal earthquakes take LWR quilts to use to keep their families warm in their temporary shelters.

LWR ships between $12 and $13 million worth of quilts, blankets, baby care kits, personal care kits, school and fabric kits and soap to twenty countries on average each year. Each year it costs approximately $1.5 million to run this program. The Quilt & Shipping Fund raises about $675,000 each year, but grants like the LWML grant of $80,000 help sustain the fund and support the rest of these costs.

Women and children in LWR's dairy project in Peru receive quilts and kits.

In fiscal year 2015, LWR sent 332,592 quilts along with 375,500 kits to countries from Angola to Yemen, from Burkina Faso to Ukraine and from Ghana to Thailand. The Quilt & Kit ministry is LWR’s oldest ministry, serving as an expression of Christ’s love in the world and as a way to educate us in the U.S. about the need for humanitarian assistance and the opportunity for ministry. We pray that through this grant, supplying funds for shipping, that the quilts made with great care and love will be an expression of the compassion and the love of Jesus.

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.

May LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) grant of $100,000 for Christian Hope Through Mass Media in Egypt.

Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) has over sixty years of experience proclaiming the Gospel via mass media in the Middle East. Fortunately, the political climate in Egypt provides a new opportunity to expand ministry in the region. Other parts of the Middle East, however, are experiencing great turmoil with war. As a result, refugees, mainly women and children, are fleeing to safety. There is urgency to expand the proclamation of the Gospel throughout the Middle East, especially refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

A satellite dish is installed in a Lebanon refugee camp.

LHM will reach families, refugees and citizens of the region through a new television program broadcast from Cairo, Egypt. This new television broadcast has the potential to reach millions of people throughout the Middle East—refugees and citizens alike—with the message of faith and the true love of Christ and to be a strong Christian voice and witness through Arabic satellite television programming.

Families in refugee camps hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
LHM funds Christmas celebrations, book fairs and summer camps.
Youth in Egypt learn the truth about Jesus from LHM videos and materials.
Programs for Egyptian women and children are held in the relative safety of Christian churches.

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.

April LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) grant of $100,000 to the Lutheran Heritage Foundation for “Lutheran Children’s Books for Families Worldwide.” This grant is one of 22 Mission Grants for 2017–2019. In Thailand, China and Mongolia, the Lutheran Church is growing among young believers eager to pass along their new faith to their children. Unfortunately, there are not enough Lutheran children’s books available to these new Christians in their own languages, and the books that are available are often unaffordable.

This Mission Grant will provide Lutheran churches, missionaries and families around the globe with 20,000 translated books. Lutheran Heritage Foundation is translating, publishing and distributing children’s books like “A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories,” “God’s Word for You” and “Bible Stories in Pictures” into many languages. These Bible stories will assist with teaching children about God’s gifts and salvation for generations to come.

Children Need Jesus in Ukraine! Together, we can help these first-generation Christian parents all around the world experience the joy of knowing Jesus in their mother tongue!

Children Need Jesus in Somalia! In regions of the world where it’s dangerous to be a Christian, a small book about Jesus can be tucked away beneath clothing or hidden among other personal possessions. With the support of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, approximately 20,000 books will be distributed free of charge to families who otherwise could not afford the luxury of a book!

Children Need Jesus in Vietnam! The children's Bible storybooks have been gratefully received and used by Sunday schools and families in Vietnam and by immigrant families in the United States. For many children living in impoverished areas, it is the only book they own—one they can read again and again to hear about the Savior's love for them!

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 Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League’s “Current Missionary Need” grant of $100,000. This grant is one of the LWML’s 22 Mission Grants for 2017–2019. Funds have already been disbursed for this grant and we thank God for that.

Current Missionary Need

Mission Central, located in Mapleton, Iowa, seeks to serve as an avenue for continued support for LCMS mission projects and missionaries throughout the world to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This grant provides for a variety of necessary missionary resources, such as orientation and training, language training, transportation to and in the country of service and on furlough, various types of insurance, housing, medical care, utilities and education of missionary children.

The Holy Spirit moves in power as an entire community is baptized in the same service. These people will serve and grow in Christ together.
Children receive the unbounded blessings that come from hearing the Gospel in school daily. The children are eager to learn; their young minds thirsty for the knowledge that a missionary teacher can give them.

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.

Quilts Around the World

Saint John’s sewing/blanket-making group meets every Thursday at the church. In November, they sent twenty of their hand-made quilts to Lutheran World Relief. The beautiful blankets will be put to work around the world, warming the cold: the poor, refugees and those suffering from natural disasters. What a wonderful witness of God’s love to our neighbors in need!

Some of Saint John’s quilters with a pile of quilts ready for packing.

Anyone with sewing skills is invited to come help make blankets and quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other community and international needs. The group meets on Thursdays at 9:00 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall. Please join them any Thursday!

The Quilters meet each week on Thursday from 9:00 to Noon. Contact the church office for more information.

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