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January LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we want to tell you more about the “God’s Grace for this Generation” program of LAMP Ministry, Inc., recipients of a $100,000 grant from Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) in the 2019–2021 biennium.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.1 Peter 2: 9–10

For nearly fifty years, LAMP Ministry, Inc., has ministered in northern Canada, where many villages are reachable only by aircraft or seasonal roads. Currently, nearly one million indigenous people live in these isolated areas with about half under the age of fourteen. The most alarming statistic is that over fifteen percent of these children and youth will take their own lives out of despair and hopelessness.

Faced with the worldly influences and challenges of the internet and social media, and with limited opportunities for education and employment, the children and youth often feel despondent and discouraged. Sunday school, Christian youth programs and regular worship services are rarely available. Parents and grandparents of this younger generation were raised in residential schools away from home and the traditional family structure is non-existent. The younger generation lacks a sound model for parenting and family life.

On the Indian reserves, employment is limited, housing is limited, violence and drug abuse is higher than in most of the world and life expectancy is between 45 and 55 years. LAMP goes into these communities offering the love of Jesus through parenting workshops, bereavement care training, VBS, Bible studies and their testimonies of the hope found through faith in Jesus. The goal is to provide these communities with Christian education and witness to the Gospel.

To fulfill their mission of sharing the Gospel in the next few years, LAMP will need to expand their staff of full-time missionaries to four or five and recruit and train 100 to 200 more volunteer missionaries committed to serve at least five years. This grant will provide funds to help LAMP reach the goal of hiring more missionary pilots and training more volunteers so that more communities can be reached with the love of Jesus and can be visited more than once a year. As the Gospel, our true source of comfort and hope, is proclaimed, local leaders are encouraged and built up to serve their own people. With the help of the Holy Spirit, the youth, knowing they are loved and cared for by the missionaries, will choose hope in Christ over suicide.

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.

Mission Guild: Who are We and What is Our “Mission”?

Saint John’s Mission Guild is a group of ladies who meet once a month for devotions, Bible study, mission education and fellowship. Through monthly free-will offerings, we provide support to a non-profit organization of our choosing, decided at the first of each year. Through our Mite box program, we support various missions in the United States and around the world. One major event of the year is our sponsorship of the Fall Brunch, Plant and Bake Sale each October, which benefits a needy individual or organization.

Mission Guild is affiliated with the LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League), also known as Lutheran Women in Mission. LWML has been the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod for over 77 years. The official organization was formed in Chicago in 1942. The national LWML consists of forty districts across the country; there are a number of zones in each district and each zone has several local societies. Our Mission Guild was chartered in 1948 and is in the Northern Zone of the Rocky Mountain District. LWML has a national membership of about 250,000 women.

The LWML seeks to develop and maintain a greater mission consciousness among women of the LCMS through education, inspiration and service. A major emphasis is the support of mission and ministry throughout the world by means of Mite box offerings. Since the organization's inception, these Mite box offerings have funded tens of millions of dollars in mission grants, which are chosen at conventions every year, either at the national or district level. You can read about these grant recipients each month in the Saint John’s Eagle newsletter.

If you have a heart for missions and like good old fashioned fellowship, we would love to have you join us in Mission Guild. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 10:30 AM upstairs in room 301. If you are unable to attend meetings but would still like to contribute to the mission cause, Mite boxes are available for anyone.

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.

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.

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