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December LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting a mission outreach for at-risk women in Africa by Lutheran Hour MInistries, recipients of a $100,000 grant from Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) in the 2019–2021 biennium.

Young women in Kenya and Cameroon live in extreme poverty and violence; hunger and limited education force many to sell themselves for mere dollars. Nairobi has one of the highest HIV rates in Africa. With few public resources for treatment, dying from HIV/AIDS is a very real possibility.

In Cameroon, sexual exploitation, prostitution and trafficking is so common that about thirty percent of girls ages twelve to 25 have given birth at least once. Many young pregnant women are forced from their homes, often after rape or domestic abuse. These women are outcasts with nowhere to go—not even to their church.

Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) is committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ in these countries. Through ministry centers, LHM reaches out by sharing hope and faith in Jesus, changing the lives of these women both physically and spiritually.

Through our mite offerings, “Reaching Rahab,” a Christ-centered program in Kenya, is making a difference in the lives of women and their young children who often live on the streets or in prisons. The program offers counseling and teaches life skills to help break the cycle of poverty and prostitution. Income-producing trades help these women become independent and successful. Sharing Jesus and God’s forgiveness, they become reconnected to the church.

A network of prison chaplains and volunteers helps these young women through counseling and Bible studies. Groups with mature female volunteers from a partner Lutheran congregation are formed to help them transition into productive lives outside prison. The Prison Mums project provides help through HIV counseling and testing services.

Soap, blankets and knitted caps are provided to women and their infants in Langata Women's Prison in Nairobi.

In Cameroon, unwed teenage mothers and victims of sexual abuse are offered a holistic outreach program to empower and promote integration into society through education and spiritual growth. This provides the tools to prepare them for a better life.

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.

October LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we want to tell you more about the “Teach Me Too—Preschoolers with Learning Needs” program of Lutheran Special Education Ministries, recipients of an $80,000 grant from Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) in the 2019–2021 biennium.

Lutheran Special Education Ministries (LSEM) has seen a growing desire for early intervention support of children with learning needs. In 2017, LSEM successfully launched into preschool education for exceptional children with learning needs by establishing the Let It Shine Academy. The academy was designed to administer intervention strategies and address the unique needs of children with autism spectrum disorder in an early learning environment. By reaching out and serving these children early in their learning years, they provide tools, strategies and support to help these learners succeed now and as their education continues. They help them to be successful learners. This preschool creates a place where God’s Word can be shared with these children.

LSEM is currently directly serving children at 59 schools and churches in eleven states. LSEM has received special requests by schools to present preschool-specific training for their staff. They have completed school visits to perform observations and assessments numerous times. With statistics suggesting that one in five children have a learning need, and many more areas across the United States where LSEM sees the need to serve preschool and early childhood children with learning needs, there is great call for growth and expansion of their services.

Organizations professing their faith within the context of academic instruction are not eligible to receive financial support from the government through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. LSEM, unable to receive public funding, relies on partnership fees and donations.

The LWML mission grant will provide funding to:

  • support educational and spiritual growth among preschool aged children by growing the Let it Shine Academy to include more students and be a witness of God’s love for all His children;
  • provide scholarship funding for children in need whose families cannot afford the cost of the Let It Shine program;
  • support children and families who need assistance and education but are not part of an LSEM partnership program; and
  • educate preschool teachers in methods of early intervention for children who have a learning need.

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.

September LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) mission grant of $80,000 for Water and the Word for Rural Schools in Kenya.

Many children in Kenya do not have water in their schools. Often the children have to miss school to walk to the local water source, which can be miles away from the school and isn’t necessarily clean. Children are not only drinking dirty water and getting sick, but falling behind in school because they spend so much of their day hauling water

In 2008, a man from Nebraska traveling in East Africa saw the need for clean water and sought a way to help. Through contact with a social worker and educator in Nakuru, Kenya, he devised a system of water harvesting equipment (rain gutters and tanks), filters, hand wash stations and clean water storage to be installed in schools in Kenya.

In 2016, LCMS members from Nebraska took over the management of the project. They visit Kenya every year, traveling to schools assessing their water needs. Then teams from the United States install rain gutters and tanks for storage. Hand wash stations and clean water “buckets” are placed in all classrooms. The members teach personal hygiene, hand-washing and the importance of drinking only clean water. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) clubs, made up of students and staff, are formed to be responsible for the clean water program.

This grant will help the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya (ELCK) extend their ministry by expanding the clean water project to their schools and orphanages, thereby building a relationship with ELCK as they provide sound biblical teachings in their sponsored schools. Every dollar goes to help bring clean water and the Word to children in Kenya.

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.

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 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 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 recipients, Eric and Linda Funke, Missionaries in Tanzania.

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. 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.

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.

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