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Shine Your Light

LWML district leaders are in the process of making tough decisions about canceling or postponing their conventions due to COVID-19. I have no doubt the conversations are full of angst, just as ours in the Louisiana-Mississippi District were, as we wrestle with God’s will for us.  

I noticed common themes among their announcements of decisions: we rejoice always, we are not fearful, and God is in control. Why do we rejoice? Because we know God is glorified when we put Him first in our decisions. We are not fearful because we have faith in Jesus, and we know that God has this.

Do other people see this in us? Are we beacons of light for others, showing them the love of Jesus? I am reminded of a hymn whose lyrics include a phrase about God sending stars to give light to the world and how the star of my life is Jesus.  

On the LWML website, there’s a section containing Spring Resources. One is a devotion, “Bloom and Grow!” Its uplifting message reminds us to be in the Word “so that the seeds of modeling God’s love that you drop are pure, strong, and seen by others.” The world is watching, so remember to be that beacon of light that shows the way to Jesus.

Anita Granger, President
LWML Louisiana-Mississippi District, 2016-2020

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A Purple Reminder

but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).

As the shuttle bus driver came around to load my luggage for my trip to the airport, he smiled and asked, “What’s the logo on your shirt?” I said, “Oh, it’s for LWML, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.” 

He replied, “That’s wonderful! My mom was a Lutheran. Your purple sweatshirt just brought back a wonderful memory! What are Lutheran women doing nowadays?” 

I didn’t spend my 45-minute ride looking out the window or staring at my phone. God had another plan. I had the opportunity to talk to Gary about the “reason for the hope” that is in me. Because of my studies of God’s Word and with the help of the Holy Spirit, I was prepared to remind him of the importance of a personal relationship with God. 

Our LWML Store volunteers often remind us how important it is to wear LWML items and share our faith with others. Wear yours and carry your LWML items every chance you get! 

Dianna Just
LWML Oklahoma District President
2016–2020

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Created for a Purpose

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Monday’s Bible school began with God made the universe.  As I encouraged children to learn (Psalm 139:14) I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, I tried to push out of my mind that a relative was undergoing his third series of endoscopies to locate internal bleeding.

Tuesday, as doctors struggled to bring healing, I leaned on the promise that God keeps His word, And now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are true (2 Samuel 7:28). Doctors were led to the bleeds, and did what they could.

Thursday’s lesson preparations continue, bringing comfort. For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

Regardless of my relative’s healing or physical death, I know God created, God maintains, and God receives all who believe in His promises.

Lord, please enable me to share this truth with the world through LWML mission work. Amen.

Barbara Kaun
LWML South Wisconsin District President
2016–2020

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Never Lose Heart

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Since God in his mercy has given us this ministry, we never lose heart (II Corinthians 4:1 REV).

In Georgia Lutherans are few and far between; small LWML groups are the norm. I well know the struggle to get more women involved. Often the focus is more on increasing numbers than the LWML mission and it’s hard not to lose heart. Years ago God showed me that even two can do something, so I choose to focus on our LWML mission and vision, knowing that if we are “serving with gladness,” others will see our joy and come to work alongside us.

To remind myself of this, and to share with others, I use II Corinthians 4:1 in my email signature.

Trish Aamoth
LWML Florida-Georgia District President
2016–2020

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A Greater Freedom to Celebrate

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Tomorrow, our nation will be celebrating its independence and freedom with parades, fireworks, barbeques, and family gatherings. Citizens of the USA are proud and thankful for living in a country that provides “liberty and justice for all.”

But there is a greater freedom to celebrate — the freedom Jesus provides with His grace, mercy and death on the cross. He has made us truly free — now this is a cause for real celebration.

And Jesus does not want us to keep this celebration to ourselves — He wants everyone to know they have been freed from their sins. Our LWML Mite Box offerings do just that. Men, women, and children can support our national and district mission grants through their prayers and Mite offerings. These ‘Mighty Mites’ will keep the good news of salvation and ‘freedom’ flowing around the world.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom
(2 Corinthians 3:17).

Barbara Belanski
LWML Northern Illinois District President
2014-2018

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Mission Education

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Do you remember the LWML object — Mission Education, Mission Inspiration, and Mission Service? I am probably dating myself, but I remember dividing reports into these three areas. We change the language periodically, but this object has remained:

The LWML seeks to develop and maintain a greater mission consciousness among women of the LCMS through education, inspiration, and service.

A local society shares information on a recipient of a mission grant each month at their meetings. One member volunteers to do the research on the LWML and LWML District websites and then writes an article for the church newsletter. In turn, the entire congregation gets mission education every month.

The bonus: Mite box offerings increase when people understand where the mites are going!

Debbie Curry
LWML Texas District President
2016–2020

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Be Ready to Share Your Love of Jesus

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My mother and I stopped at an Amish farm for eggs. During our time there, I visited with the farmer’s wife about adoption, sharing things that my mother and I had not previously talked about. When we left the farm my mother said, “You are a missionary.” It was because of my willingness to share the love of Jesus with another person that prompted her to recognize this. All LWML women are missionaries! Always be ready to share your love of Jesus with others. You never know whose life you will touch.

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).

Joan Berquist
LWML Iowa East District President
2014–2018

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