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As of June 2, 2020, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League has disbursed $1,036,400 to twelve Mission Grants. There are still nine Mission Grants waiting to be funded. The Mite Goal for the 2019–2021 biennium is $2,100,000. This month we want to tell you more about the LCMS Wyoming District’s Wind River Indian Reservation mission, recipients of an $40,000 grant from LWML.

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s mission work with the Shoshone and Arapaho Native American tribes began with the Wyoming’ District’s purchase of a church building near Fort Washakie in the spring of 1978. A large part of this ministry is now focused on outreach to the children of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The children of this high-poverty area receive few or no opportunities for Christian education. Often, there is little involvement from the parents in their children’s education, and they make no effort to attend church. However, may parents do grant the Wind River Lutheran Mission (WRLM) staff permission to pick up their children and drive them the 88-mile round-trip to Fort Washakie or the sixty-mile round-trip to Crowheart for Sunday School, “Monday” School and VBS. These classes are the mission’s best and—in most instances—only opportunity to share the Gospel of Christ with the children living on the reservation. There they learn about Jesus, and the children become Christ-bearers, shining their light and pointing their families to the Savior.

Transportation options on the reservation are limited. This grant will allow the Wyoming District to purchase a reliable passenger van for the children’s transportation to enable the children to continue their Christian education. A van, rather than a school bus, is preferred, as van drivers are not required to obtain a special license.

Your support of Mission Grant #9, Wind River Indian Reservation Transportation, is greatly appreciated.

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 Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) typically meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 AM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend. Due to the coronavirus and social distancing rules, Mission Guild has not been meeting. Please read your bulletin to see when we will resume our normal schedule.