It is convention time! It is that time of year that many districts
are getting ready for their conventions. As young women getting
involved with LWML, this can be a wonderful opportunity to learn
so much more about this organization. The Leader Development
Committee prays that as you attend your convention and maybe
even take part in the YWR program your district has, that you
would grow in your relationship with Christ. We also pray that
this is an opportunity for you to "glean" from the
women who have been a part of LWML. We can learn so much from
these mentors and women of faith.
Please be sure to share the Impressions Newsletter
with the young women at your conventions. Maybe even share it
with all the women at your convention so they know what LWML
is doing for the young women in our churches.
God Bless each of you in your continued service to LWML.
FROM THE HEART OF A YWR
When I was originally selected to be the SD District YWR to
the 2003 national LWML Convention in Oklahoma City I was pretty
"green" in the ways of LWML. All I really knew about
LWML was that mites were given to missions and that the members
had circles and Bible studies. I can't explain the door that
was opened to the world and work of the LWML at Oklahoma City.
It was amazing to me that all these women who were involved in
this organization and that they all gave mites to make the goals
of the national LWML become a reality. I knew I wanted to do
more to help the mission of this organization and to involve
more young women in the effort.
The transition from YWR to South Dakota's VP of Servant Resources
wasn't one that I really planned. When I was asked if I would
consider the nomination for the position of VP of Servant Resources,
I was currently serving as secretary for our zone and the Servant
Events Co-Chair for our district convention. These two responsibilities
allowed me to serve the Lord in new and different ways. I was
then elected to serve as the district VP of Servant Resources.
The help I received from other women in the LWML during all of
these different positions has been and still is amazing. It is
possible to not really know what you are doing and still feel
confident that you will do the right thing when you have such
a wonderful support system to work with. The best thing is that
all of these LWML women were once new to the LWML as well, and
so they understand the questions I have and are more than willing
to help in any way possible.
When the Leader Development Committee asked me how I had made
the transition from YWR to VP of Servant Resources I honestly
didn't know what to tell them. It turned out to be a transition
that was made possible through the support and understanding
of all the members of the LWML, and I thank them for giving me
the opportunity to serve our Lord in this way.
Kelli Anawski, South Dakota
VP of Servant Resources
Prayer: Father God, you have promised your protection, guidance,
and salvation. Open our minds and hearts as we read of Your goodness
and mercy. In Your name; Thy will be done. Amen
Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of
your name, lead and guide me. Psalm 31:3
A developing infant cannot feed, walk, speak, and do many
other life skills without nurture and guidance from his/her parents
or another adult. Likewise, without nurture in God's Word, a
child will not grow spiritually, physically, or emotionally to
be a Christ-centered caring and loving adult.
We never really grow up and gain a peaceful maturity until
we reconcile what God says with how we live our lives and trust
Jesus Christ as our Savior and Parent. Too many of us wait too
long for that time to come. I look back on my growing up years
and I always knew my Savior, but I didn't really know what it
meant to give my life completely over to Him until I was about
32 years old. Since then, the difficult times seem easier. I
realize the Lord will never give me anything greater than He
We will not fall for, "Thy Word is a lamp unto our
feet, and a light unto our path" Psalm 119:104. I encourage
you to live your life knowing that you will always have the Lord
acting as a rock and fortress in times of need. Commit yourself
to Him, as He has committed Himself to you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are our rock and our fortress.
Help us lean on You in all humility and confidence, knowing that
You are always there to pick us up and see us through times of
peril and difficulty. We praise Your holy name; Thy will be done.
Written by Willa Brinkmeyer, North Platte,
DID YOU KNOW
LWML has a League Pledge.
In fervent gratitude for the Savior's dying love and His
blood-bought gift of redemption we dedicate ourselves to Him
with all that we are and have; and in obedience to His call for
workers in the harvest fields, we pledge Him our willing service
wherever and whenever He has need of us. We consecrate to our
Savior our hands to work for Him, our feet to go on His errands,
our voice to sing His praises, our lips to proclaim His redeeming
love, our silver and our gold to extend His Kingdom, our will
to do His will, and every power of our life to the great task
of bringing the lost and the erring into eternal fellowship with
Designed for You
This is a great resource that will serve as an easy tool for
designing a new LWML group or redesigning an existing group.
This would be very helpful for a group of young women ready to
start their own group. It includes a Bible study and sections
on assessments/surveys, visioning, models, implementation ideas
, bylaws, and evaluation. This packet is reproducible and can
be used as one unit or as individual sections. Check it out in
your LWML Catalog in the "Helping You to Serve"
section, page 23. (Item # 20210)
ROCK! Rest On Christ the King.
Be sure to check out the information on the LWML Web site about
the 32nd Biennial Convention in Sioux Falls, SD. The dates for
the convention are June 21-24, 2007.
LWML EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Be Your Sister's Keeper Be a Mentor!
Have you ever thought about being a mentor? I know, you think
a mentor has to be an older woman like a mother, an older relative,
etc. Webster's Concise Dictionary of the English Language
defines a mentor as, "A wise and trusted teacher, guide,
and friend." Young people can be that type of person. There's
nothing in there about age. So, what's involved in mentoring?
The mentors in my life have been loving and caring women, and
the following are some qualities I have seen in them.
One thing to remember is to keep it to your self. When
someone comes to you for advice or just to talk, don't call your
girlfriends and share what you've heard. Yes, I know you may
get the urge to tell someone, but don't! Pray for strength instead.
Have you ever said, "I want to be like her when I grow
up."? I have, and I still do. Present yourself in such a
way that you set a good example. Be the good person that you
are. You can mentor just by being yourself.
Be an enabler. Make it happen for someone. My mentors have
encouraged me to do things I never thought I could do, and they
convinced me that I could. Sometimes you'll have to nudge a bit-fear
and self-doubt are fierce captors-but your love, support, patience
and prayers will work wonders. Is that hard? No.
Okay, you might be thinking, "I don't know enough to
be a mentor." Yes, you do. Nobody knows everything, and
no one can be all things to all people. Just do what you know
how to do. If someone asks you about something with which you
are unfamiliar, tell them that you don't know, but that you will
find out. If it is something with which you are uncomfortable,
And remember, pray for and with others. That's the best kind
of mentoring you can do.
LWML Vice President of Gospel Outreach