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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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Gospel Opportunities

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Gospel Opportunities — “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15a ESV).

God opens a door of opportunity for us in everyday circumstances and the Holy Spirit has perfect timing. Some of these opportunities might be:

A sales person in tears from the previous customer.

On a flight of 300 people, you are sitting next to someone very anxious about flying.

A coworker or fellow volunteer who is on edge with fulfilling their responsibilities.

You are asked a few days before your daughter is having heart surgery how you can be so calm.

Be prepared through prayer, having God’s Word in your heart with the knowledge that the Holy Spirit is with you. Show Everyone your Love in Christ by words and actions, because whether intentionally or not, you will BE a witness in all you do. Always remember to give God the Glory!

Sharon Roegge
LWML SELC District President
2016–2020

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A Trip to Germany

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These things are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (John 20:31).

My husband and I were privileged to accompany an LWML group to Germany in 2016. Being in Germany, at the very places where Luther lived, brought me to tears more than once. An especially moving experience came at the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt. Seeing Luther’s “cell,” where he beat himself and laid prostrate on the floor to “please God,” really upset me. The fact that he (and many others) did not know of Jesus’ love and forgiveness is so sad. God led Luther to change this and to tell Biblical truths to all. This IS the mission of the LWML.

TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND PRAISE!

Christie Steffens
LWML Missouri District President
2014–2018

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Send Me!!

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Isaiah 6:8  . . .  “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”  Then I said, “Here I am!  Send Me.”

I love this scripture and it has been very important in my life . . . especially when I decided to go on the five mission trips I’ve been blessed to be a part of.  I’ve been to Alaska, Guatemala, Navajo Nation twice and most recently Nicaragua.  On each trip we were prepared to minister to the local people but I was surprised to find that I always came away more blessed than I could have imagined. 

God will put us in situations where we can witness with our lives.  You don’t have to go on an organized mission trip far from home.  Right where you live is a huge mission field.  If you are asked “how do you handle your situations with such joy, peace and grace,” be sure to give the credit completely to The LORD.  Share with your neighbors, friends and family that it is not you that gets you through your daily situations . . . it is your faith, your church, your fellow believers who keep you in their prayers.  God is so good to have put us in this Mission Field right in our own back yards!!

Prayer:  Dear LORD, thank you for being my faith God who gives me the strength and guidance I need on a daily basis to handle any situation that may come my way.  Please let me be a witness to all I come in contact with no matter what the situation may be.  You are a mighty God and I love and praise you.   Amen!

Linda Larson
Utah-Idaho District President
2014–2018

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