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November LWML Mission Grant Focus

This month we are highlighting the Mission Grant for $100,000 for Mercy House for Women and Children that helps the underserved in urban Flint, Michigan. This grant is one of 22 Mission Grants that was approved for the 2017–2019 biennium.

Mercy House: Serving the Underserved in Urban Flint 1

It was one of those weeks when the basic needs of life were intensified. Not that every week isn’t a challenge, but this week the necessity for adequate housing for the homeless—especially women and children—was magnified.

The night before, a fire bomb hit the home of a mother and her three children. They lost everything—their home, clothes, food, furniture—everything! They asked Franklin Avenue Mission if we could help them with these basics we take for granted. Housing for people in crisis situations in Flint, Michigan, is limited. We helped them with food and clothes and placed them in a temporary shelter.

That same evening, a young mother who is trying to get her life straight also sought our assistance for housing. She had been couch cruising and had run out of options of where she and her child within could stay. It was obvious her life required more than a roof over her head. She was about to deliver, and she wasn’t under any medical care. Again we were able to meet her immediate needs. The clinic that operates at our mission was able to attend to the overdue medical care, and she was placed in temporary housing.

That evening, I thought to myself we were becoming the hands, feet, face, and voice of Jesus to these two families, but we could have done much more had our future Mercy House for Women and Children been operative. The underserved urban poor of America (and, in particular, in Flint) are crying out to the church—like the challenge the Lord placed before Isaiah: “‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me.’” (Isaiah 6:8)

Franklin Avenue Mission (FAM) is located in Flint, one of the poorest cities of America, where 46% of the general population and 66% of children live below the poverty level. On the east side, these percentages increase to 80% percent. Mercy House for Women and Children is being planned in an attempt to break the cycle of poverty and decrease the potential for abuse. This will be accomplished by housing women and children in a safe, caring, loving environment where the best practices of parenting and relationship building can be modeled and taught. We believe this component to our ministry will benefit the participants by providing a different view of family and living. This will ultimately complement our theology of “Right to Life” and protect the unborn, precious in the eyes of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

On June 23, 2017, at the LWML Convention in Albuquerque, a vote was cast that will influence the future of a once-forgotten neighborhood on Flint’s Eastside. The $100,000 grant approved that day will begin the remodel of an existing house in this neighborhood, transforming it into Mercy House for Women and Children, adjacent to Franklin Avenue Mission. The word spread quickly—all the way to Flint—as excited convention-goers from Michigan communicated with friends back home, “The Mission Grant has been approved!”

This abandoned house is the site of the future home for women and children.

The sixteen LCMS churches and 500 volunteers that operate biweekly the Franklin Diner, ROCK Children’s Program and Clothing Closet were thrilled to hear the news and know the impact this grant will have on the Flint community. God is truly working through these “boots-on-ground” missionaries!

  1. Rev. Dr. Bradley J. Yops, “Mercy House: Serving the Underserved in Urban Flint” (Lutheran Woman's Quarterly, Fall 2017).

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 Focus

This month we highlight Mission Grant that Provides Food and the Gospel to Starving Children. This $40,000 grant is one of 22 Mission Grants that was selected and approved at the LWML convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June of this year.

Jesus gives the same command today, to feed the hungry, that He gave His disciples. Mercy Meals of Siouxland, a ministry of Faith Lutheran Church, Sioux City, Iowa, began packaging fortified rice and soy meals in 2012. Mercy Meals donates all packaged meals to Orphan Grain Train for transportation and delivery to Christian organizations in many countries, including India, Haiti, Romania and Ecuador, as well as to Navajo reservations in the Southwest and Ysleta Mission in El Paso, Texas. Children and families receive food and hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. An LWML grant will feed from 50,000 to 75,000 hungry children.

Help us to pray for this great international ministry:

Precious Heavenly Father, fountain and the origin of all goodness, we give you thanks for daily providing us with all that we need to support our body and soul. Help us to give generously to provide for the Mercy Meals of Siouxland project to continue providing families with food and to hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. May we always be content at the foot of the cross, trusting that you will always provide for our needs. In Jesus Name, we pray. Amen.

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 8, 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, LCMS World Relief and Human Care.

Please help support this fundraiser with your donations and purchases at this year’s Brunch, Plant & Bake Sale on Sunday, October 8.

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.

Watoto Choir Coming to Saint John’s

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.

LWML Convention Report

LWML (Lutheran Women in Mission) held their national convention at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico from June 22–June 25, 2017. It was the 75th anniversary for LWML which was started in 1942. Over 3,400 people were in attendance including three Mission Guild members June Donaldson, Arlene Knox and LeOra Spence. The convention theme was “Jesus Christ Above All.”

At the convention, LWML President Patti Ross unveiled the new LWML logo:

Delegates to the 37th Biennial Convention of the LWML adopted a $2,075,000 mission goal for the 2017–2019 biennium. This goal, by the grace of God, will fund 22 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. Providing Food and the Gospel to Starving Children—Mercy Meals of Siouxland, $40,000
  2. Mercy House for Women and Children – Franklin Avenue Mission, Flint, Michigan, $100,000
  3. Christ for Veterans and Their Families – LCMS Ministry of the Armed Forces, $27,750
  4. Tanzanian Sewing Center – Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), $25,000
  5. Current Missionary Need – LCMS International Mission, $100,000
  6. Lutheran Children’s Books for Families Worldwide – Lutheran Heritage Foundation, $100,000
  7. Christian Hope Through Mass Media in Egypt – Lutheran Hour Ministries, $100,000
  8. NOLA 4H: Hearts for the Hungry, Homeless, and Hurting – Christian Families United for Progress, $100,000
  9. Lutheran World Relief Quilt and Kit Shipping Fund, $80,000
  10. Christian Eldercare Home in Haiti – Ministry in Mission, $100,000
  11. Training Lutheran Middle Eastern Missionaries – Biblical Orthodox Lutheran Mission, $93,000
  12. Completion of Lukonda Lutheran School Buildings, Uganda – Lutheran Church Uganda, $48,000
  13. Equipping Youth to Witness for Life ‐ Y4Life – Lutherans for Life, $25,000
  14. Laborers of Love – Lutheran Braille Workers, $100,000
  15. Sharing Jesus with People with Disabilities – Bethesda Lutheran Communities, $100,000
  16. Education Loan Repayment Assistance Grants – Ministry Focus, $100,000
  17. Nursing Students Serving with Mercy Medical Team – LCMS Office of International Mission, $25,000
  18. Restoration Programs for Native Hawaiians – Lutheran Indian Ministries, $75,000
  19. RECONNECT to the Body of Christ, Circuit 28 –Texas District, $50,000
  20. Prison and Jail Ministry Synod-wide Conference in 2018, $36,500
  21. Family Scholarships for Short Term Mission Trips – MOST Ministries, $60,000
  22. Raising Pastors and Deaconesses – Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia, $97,000

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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