LWML News Releases
Current News Releases
- July 4. 2013 - Former LWML President Wendorf Visits Tanzania (PDF, 296KB)
- June 30, 2013 - LWML Adopts New Mission Goal at Convention (post convention News Release) (PDF, 480KB)
- April 17, 2013 - LWML Convention in Pittsburgh to be Live Streamed (PDF, 259KB)
July 4. 2013 - Former LWML President Wendorf Visits Tanzania
On a recent Lutheran World Relief (LWR) trip to Tanzania, the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) was represented by former LWML President Janice (Jan) Wendorf. Joining LWR staff members Brenda Kimaro, Carrie Constantini, and Melanie Gibbons, Wendorf spent time at the Lutheran Church in Usa River where the Children's Survival Program through Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) in Tanzania provides for malaria education and prevention. “To see the beautiful smiling faces of the women and children who have been in the Children’s Survival Program, and to hear them singing their praises to God, was proof to me that LMI is working in Tanzania. These same types of programs are being implemented in Kenya, the target area for the LWML grant of $100,000 from the 2011-2013 biennium for LMI.”
The trip also included a visit to the Christian Council of Tanzania to the warehouse where the LWR quilts and kits are stored, ready for distribution. At the well-organized warehouse, the group took part in distributing quilts to several ministries that are not able to come to the capital city to pick them up. Some of the comments of those who received the quilts included:
“We are very happy and know that someone has cared for us.”
"We warmly appreciate what your women (LWML) do and encourage them to continue in this good deed.”
“Thank you, keep your faith, we see your faith; God will bless you!”
LWML groups across the country continue to make quilts for people around the world, donating thousands each year. Jan told the people who received the quilts and kits, "The people in the United States who sent these items also pray for you, the people who will be receiving them. They want to share with you the love of Jesus."
If you would be interested in inviting Jan to share more of her story, please contact her through current LWML President Kay Kreklau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 30, 2013 - LWML Adopts New Mission Goal at Convention
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA — Delegates to the 35th Biennial Convention of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) adopted a $1.83 million mission goal for the 2013-2015 biennium. This goal when completed will fund 18 mission grants.
More than 3,100 people attended the convention, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 27-30, under the theme “Quenched! by the Water," based on John 4:14. At the Opening Worship Service, the Rev. Dr. Dien Taylor inspired the attendees to come to be quenched and refreshed by the Living Water, so that we can be quenchers for others. The live-streamed service was picked up in ten countries and 48 states with many thousands joining in real time.
The funds raised by the organization’s members nationwide over the next two years will be used to support the following mission grants:
- Training K-9 Comfort Dogs for LCMS Chaplains $ 30,000
- Lutheran Children's Books for Southeast Asia $ 72,000
- Training Indigenous Pastors/ Deaconesses–Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. $100,000
- Rebuilding Nord Est Haiti Lutheran School $100,000
- Jesus Our Savior Lutheran Schools–Winnebago Tribe, Nebraska $ 58,553
- I CAN–Serving At-Risk Children with Learning Needs $ 99,000
- Bible Story Books in Sign Language and Written Text $100,000
- Native American Outreach Training Center–Fairbanks, Alaska $ 95,000
- Strengthening and Expanding Campus Ministry $100,000
- Worship for Shut-Ins $ 80,000
- Preparing Leaders for a Diverse World–Concordia College Alabama $ 50,000
- Voice of Care Ministry to the Developmentally Challenged $ 50,600
- Christ-Centered Tutoring Through Rebecca's Garden of Hope $100,000
- Student Scholarships for MOST Ministries Mission Trips $ 20,000
- Building Homes and Hope in Haiti $100,000
- Support for Lutheran Public Radio $ 40,000
- Christian Educational Support for Children–India $ 85,000
- Mission Outreach at St. Paul Community Lutheran Church–Pontiac, Michigan $ 65,559
LWML President Kay Kreklau of Drayton, North Dakota, said, "The LWML has existed for 71 years and by God’s grace will continue to thrive because we, quenched by the water and the Word, will do God’s work in God’s time in God’s way. You are the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League! With the help of God, go and tell the world!"
Bible study leader Donna Pyle, author of the new DVD Bible study Overflowing Abundance, Your Strong Suit, and other LWML Bible study materials, encouraged participants to live with gladness. "Joy is the mark of a Christian."
Keynote speaker Dr. LuJuana Butts, distinguished educator and noted author, blessed the convention and shared that "her life has been a living, breathing testimony to God's grace.”
The 581 voting delegates also elected new officers to help lead the organization. Elected for four-year terms are:
- Eden Keefe, Aiken, South Carolina, as Vice President of Christian Life;
- Nancy Bogenhagen, White Lake, South Dakota, as Vice President of Communication;
- Shelley Moeller, Rock Island, Illinois, as Vice President of Gospel Outreach;
- Joy Dougherty, Toledo, Ohio, as Recording Secretary; and
- Rev. Dr. Robert Roegner, St. Louis, Missouri, as Pastoral Counselor.
Newly-elected members of the Nominating Committee are Rae Ann Spitzenberger, Queens, New York, who will serve as chairman; Sharon Goertzen, Hampton, Nebraska; Jennifer Huecker, Bunceton, Missouri; Leslie Jaseph, Crownsville, Maryland; Carli Zygowicz, Belvidere, Illinois.
The convention also featured an LWML Neighborhood Block Party held after the Mission Pledge Walk; inspiration from speaker Mia Koehne, a gifted worship leader, songwriter, and recording artist; presentations by Mites in Action speakers; joyful singing under the direction of song leader Dr. Dina Vendetti; and wonderful laughter provided by Elaine Bickel, who served as Humorous Interrupter.
April 17, 2013 - LWML Convention in Pittsburgh to be Live Streamed
The 35th Biennial Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Convention to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 27-30, 2013, will have thousands of Lutheran Women in Mission, along with men and children, attending and participating in the many activities and events at the convention. Final touches are being made on the many details and plans for the convention under the theme "Quenched! by the Water." The logo and the convention theme are based on the Scripture verse from John 4: 14. [Jesus said:] “…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
The LWML is again pleased to announce the live streaming of the convention opening worship service. For those not able to attend the convention in person, the streaming will also allow an opportunity to catch up on all the convention sessions via the World Wide Web using home or office computers. The opening worship service folder will also be available for download when it is posted on Convention Central at www.lwml.org/conventions/2013-pittsburgh. This will provide an opportunity for people to gather at their church to join in worship with those attending the convention in Pittsburgh.
During this worship time, congregations might also wish to take an offering to be added to the funds from the convention. This offering will go to help fund the 2013-2015 Mission Goal. Checks or money orders should be noted "2013 Convention Offering #1" and made out to: Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, PO Box 411993, St. Louis, MO 63141-1993.
Pittsburgh – WOW! There is still time to be there in person for the many events of the convention, including the LWML Neighborhood Block Party on Friday night. Of course there will be many other events at the convention. Servant Events, Gifts from the Heart, Mission in Motion, special worship services, speakers, entertainment, friends, fellowship, and more are all waiting. Information on the convention, as well as the registration forms, are available in the 2012 Winter Issue of the Lutheran Woman's Quarterly and at www.lwml.org/conventions.
Live Streaming Information: Viewing of the opening worship service online will be available by just clicking on the link on the home page, or by going to www.lwml.org/conventions/live. Computer viewing will require adequate Internet speed from your Internet provider (Broadband or DSL connection of at least .765 Mb/s is recommended) and Adobe Flash installed on your Internet browser you will be using to view the stream. You may test this by going to www.lwml.org/conventions/live and follow the instructions on that page. If you are unable to view the convention online, or if the video has a number of pauses in it, it is likely that there is not enough speed to support the live stream.