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This month we want to highlight another Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) recipient, the “Digital Media Development” program of Lutherans For Life, recipients of a $30,000 grant in the 2019–2021 biennium.

The mission of Lutherans For Life (LFL) is to equip Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices for life. Life issues, such as abortion, embryo experimentation and physician-assisted suicide are not political or personal choices but matters of the heart that affect people, neighbors, loved ones and family. They offer opportunities for us to demonstrate how God’s loving grace gives immeasurable importance to every human being, no matter their age, appearance or ability. One way to equip those making life decisions is through the development of digital media materials.

Almost 89% of the people in the United States use the internet, and 77% have a social media profile. Digital avenues like the internet, smartphones and social media offer an open mission field to connect to people, particularly younger generations, before they face important life issues. Current online conversations surrounding life issues regularly become volatile, most of all for Christian advocates of life’s sanctity, since our values and perspectives run counter both to fallen human nature and prevailing public opinion.

LFL believes our Savior is calling them into this arena to share the truth in love. They need to translate their life-giving message into this 21st century language. The Digital Media Development grant funds will assist in creating a collection of infographics, memes, shareable video clips, webinars and podcasts. These tools have the unique ability not only to proclaim, but also to portray and put into motion how God’s power and presence makes human lives worthy—especially to the least and the weakest among us.

LFL envisions that this digital media initiative will serve as a visual witness, while virtual conversation will enable Lutheran individuals and congregations to engage people using social networks such as YouTube, Facebook, iTunes and Instagram. LWML’s support and partnership through this $30,000 grant will make it possible for LFL to help people treat life issues—and the souls facing them—with courage and compassion.

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.