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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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Easter Reflections

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John 3:16:  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

As a child growing up, I recall Easter was filled with excitement of getting a new outfit (including a hat and gloves), Easter egg hunt after church and a special Easter dinner.  I did not fully understand the true meaning of Easter until I was older and started to attend Sunday school and Confirmation.

Later I learned that Easter is the most important day in the Christian faith.  God sent His only Son on a mission to save the world through His death and His resurrection.  Jesus’ resurrection brings a promise of eternal life to the world for whoever believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

In a few months at the 2017 convention, LWML will make a commitment to fund a new Mission Grant Goal for the 2017–2019 biennium.   LWML will promise to successfully complete their Mission Goal by March 31, 2019.   

The Time is NOW to start praying for LWML’s upcoming Mission Grant Goal – Prayers of Hope, Faith and Joy. Remember, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League makes a difference throughout the World!

Deacon Lillian L. Biddle
Atlantic District LWML President
2014–2018

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Shopping for Witnessing

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Do you like to shop? Did you know your LWML jewelry and apparel can be witnessing tools?

When people comment on my pins, I explain the significance of the design, and as conversation starters for those people not familiar with the organization. When they ask where you got it, you can tell them, and explain what the logo stands for and what we do. If they are LCMS women, encourage them to get involved in your group, or a group at their church.

And, of course, what better way to show your LWML pride!

Purchase your witness wear in the LWML Store at www.lwml.org.

Janis McDaniels
Vice President of Gospel Outreach
2005–2009

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Gardening Adventures

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Of all the gardening adventures we have embarked upon over the years, my favorite is grapes. The vines grow quickly and produce heavily IF the branches are lovingly and thoughtfully pruned by the vine keeper. In John 15, Jesus draws an analogy between the Father, Himself, and us and the vine keeper, the main vine, and the branches. The Father prunes the branches (us) to make us more productive.

Perhaps we can also compare our LWML groups to branches. Loving and thoughtful pruning can make us more productive missionaries. Take a look at your society. Are there aspects of your current practices that could use pruning because they are weighing you down and preventing new growth or greater mission productivity? Pruning requires remaining true to the strength of the vine and care for the branches (our members) but the rewards are a more vibrant mission opportunity.  That is our purpose!

Eloise Kuhlmann
LWML Vice President of Servant Resources 2007–2011

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