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2-Minute Tuesday 11/2/2021

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Every Day Counts

Tuesdays do not seem to receive as much publicity as Mondays. Several holidays, such as Memorial Day and Labor Day, are observed on Monday. However, today is a specially recognized Tuesday in that it is Election Day. Another important Tuesday in my part of the country is Fat Tuesday, better known as Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday leads to Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and then Easter Sunday — the celebration of Christ Jesus’ resurrection. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:11 NIV).

Today, click on this link: Mite Challenge Calendar — Lutheran Women's Missionary League (lwml.org) to see how you can make every day count. By prayerfully placing the suggested daily coin amount in your Mite Box, the recipients of these blessed offerings may learn of the love, grace, and salvation freely given by our risen Savior. Alleluia!

Michelle Zollinger, President
LWML Louisiana-Mississippi District

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Visualizing LWML Mission Grants

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They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened” (Matthew 20:33).

Just like the blind men in Matthew’s Gospel who asked Jesus to open their eyes, we, too, sometimes need visuals to help us “see.” 

Patterned after the Mission Grants Resource page on the LWML website, our LWML Northern Illinois District makes our district grants come alive by adding visuals such as mission grant posters. This helps to “open the eyes” of readers to “see” the people who are receiving our mite offerings. 

These monthly mission grant posters, along with a mite thermometer, mission grant news, and words of encouragement, are emailed to our zone presidents and other leaders who in turn share them with other women in the district.

I would encourage you to take time to “see” how God is using your mite offerings to impact lives around your district and the world. Please join me in keeping all LWML grant recipients lifted up in prayer!

Janice Gerzevske, President
LWML Northern Illinois District

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Lost in Translation

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The innocence of children creates the most precious moments. My two-year-old granddaughter’s version of the common table prayer goes something like this: “Come Lord sheep, be our chest, let gifts, us be best. Aaaaamen.” Amusing to hear, yet, if one is not familiar with the prayer, the true intent is lost in her translation. 

When called upon to share who we are and what we do as Lutheran Women in Mission, it is important that our words are not lost in translation. Do we converse with peculiar words, phrases, or acronyms vague in meaning to the listener? Can our words truly be heard and understood?

The “Who We Are” tab at lwml.org contains the LWML Mission Statement, Vision Statement, goals, and the much-loved League Pledge. Visit the page often; re-familiarize yourself with these valuable assets. Put the words to good use when the next person asks, “What is LWML anyway?” Give them plenty to think about!

Abounding in Hope,
Frances Molitor, President
LWML Texas District
2020–2024

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Giving Up that Special Treat

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and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them” (Luke 21:2–3).

When Jesus watched the widow give her two small coins, He saw in her heart that she had made the biggest gift of all those who had contributed; she gave all she had. Our LWML mites are based on this biblical story.

We are in the 40-day Lenten season, a time when many practice the tradition of “giving up something for Lent.” Have you ever given up chocolate, Starbucks coffee, or a special treat? It may remind us how Jesus willingly gave up “all He had” — His life — for the forgiveness of our sins.

This Lenten season, let’s drop those coins we would have spent for treats into our Mite Box, to continue spreading the Gospel to the lost and giving them hope in Jesus.

Deb Vinkemeier, President
LWML Minnesota South District
2018-2022

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Me, A Witness?

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As we go about our day, our common responses can show our witness to Christ. Since a Christian does not believe in luck, we can say “God bless you” instead of "good luck." When someone asks "how are you?" we can reply with "I'm blessed." No matter how we feel, we are always blessed. 

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judaea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8).

The LWML website has many resources about witnessing. Go to lwml.org and search for “witnessing.” The Christian Life and Gospel Outreach committees have many resources. The Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly also has many articles about witnessing. Share them with other LWML women and with your circle of friends.

Through our mite offerings, LWML supports witnessing to the end of the earth. Let us remember that witnessing begins with each of us. God bless you!

Marge Gruber, President
LWML Indiana District 

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Sharing Jesus’ Love

Jesus loves me, this I know.
For the Bible tells me so!

As a preschool director I hear this song as I walk in the hallways, and it brings joy to my heart. Preschoolers are not shy about singing loud and strong. They love to tell everyone, everywhere how much Jesus loves them.

Do you have the joy of a little child as you communicate Jesus' love to the people you meet every day? Do you greet friends or family members with a smile, a greeting or a hug when you see them? We need to share those things with the people we meet, showing the love of God and reminding them that God’s love is real and is a constant in their lives.

I have loved you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3).

Prayer: Jesus, help me to share Your love with the people around me today. Show me how to help others who are in need of that extra love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Lisa Stirtz, President
LWML Nebraska North District
2018–2022
 

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The Witnessing Continuum

I think of witnessing as a continuum that runs from “anonymous” to “personal.” “Anonymous witnessing” includes the “Sure I’ll write a check!” response. “Personal witnessing” happens face-to-face, like what Jesus did. In between, there are many levels.  

The Gospel Outreach Committee has dozens of resources with ideas for how to witness at your level in the continuum. The Monthly Mission Service Activities usually contain a section titled “Mercy in Action,” with practical ways to reach out to others.

The Year’s Worth of Mission Service Activities calendars contain a three-level approach. The “Making our Faith Meaningful” suggestion has an “extra credit” element, encouraging face-to-face activities.

Wherever you are in the continuum, be confident that the Holy Spirit is with you; be bold in your witness!

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies … that … God may be glorified (1 Peter 4:10–11a).

Candy Habich
LWML Mid-South District President
2020–2024
 

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