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This month we want to tell you more about the “Women’s Witness and Mercy Asia” program of Mission Central, recipients of an $100,00 grant from Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) in the 2019–2021 biennium.

Asia is a harvest field ripe for the gospel. Women in Mission realize that our grants to missionaries in the field bring God’s Word to a dying world. East Asia is 10% Christian, but predominantly secular (over 50%) with Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism and folk religions making up the bulk of the balance. Throughout Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau and Southeast Asia, ten women do various mission works such as teaching, acts of mercy and witnessing the gospel. Some have husbands and families working alongside of them while others work with a team or alone. One missionary teaches 242 students about Jesus in Taiwan while another has served for ten years planting seeds of mercy and witnessing in Southeast Asia. Whether teaching English as a Second Language in Thailand or building relationships to open doors for sharing the gospel, each woman in the mission field helps in the growth God’s Kingdom.

These women doing missionary work in Asia are "ready and willing to give a reason for the hope they have …" (1 Peter 3:15) to the hungry souls lining up to receive hope and truth in Christ. Their talents include nursing, managing, teaching, coordinating, and serving as deaconesses. This grant will help support these women in their unique mission setting in Asia. The cost to support any missionary, let alone their projects, is at least $50,000 a year. With $100,000 Mission Central will support our sisters in their unique mission in Asia, whether to help keep them there or to get them there.

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) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 AM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.