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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.

June LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) mission grant of $50,000 for RECONNECT to the Body of Christ—Circuit 28.

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.Luke 10:2

Did you know that the United States is the third-largest mission field in the world? Hard to believe, but unfortunately all too true. But think of the opportunity to share the Gospel right here in our own backyard!

There is no place more in need of missionaries than the Rio Grande Valley of Texas on the Mexican border. In Brownsville, the most economically depressed area in the United States as of 2015, 35% of all households live in poverty. The majority of those living in poverty are Hispanic and unchurched. The congregations of Texas District Circuit 28 have a great desire to work together as one group in training mission workers to share the Word and support this community.

A large part of the problem is that they, like most Americans, do not know their neighbors. We need to reconnect! The goal is to bring the Good News of Jesus through new relationships with students, congregations and the community using the missional training programs provided through this grant. The beauty of this idea is that the churches will share resources—resources like trained church workers in the circuit and existing programs in the local congregations like ESL classes and literacy programs. Through these efforts they will bring people together to establish new relationships and share the love of Jesus.

The grant will provide for startup costs, training materials, scholarships, transportation costs and other expenses to train new leaders to go and make disciples. Praise God!

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.

Follow-Up from The Matthews House Meal

On March 28, over thirty volunteers from Saint John’s worked together to provide a meal for about 120 people on Behalf of The Matthews House. The families were clients of The Matthews house who have worked either directly with staff (improving parenting skills, a housing situation or employment) or through involvement in a Community Life Center.

Many thanks to Linda Funke, who coordinated the meal and did so much work to make this great event happen, and to all those who were involved in one way or another in providing the dinner. Lise Harwell, a Saint John’s member who works at The Matthews House, said “We heard many compliments about the food, and I know families had a lot of fun!”

Linda mentioned that she was already talking to volunteers about “next time,” so be sure to watch for this event again next spring!

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.

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