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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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YOU CAN’T BE EVERYWHERE – OR CAN YOU?

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A woman was asked what she had been doing the past week, she answered,

     “On Monday, I ministered to Mexicans in Texas.
     Tuesday, I preached the gospel in Brazil.
     Wednesday, I operated on a man in Africa.
     Thursday, I taught in a mission school in Japan.
     Friday, I helped establish a church in California.
     Saturday, I taught seminary classes.
     Sunday, I distributed Bibles in Korea.”

Her friend, thinking her a bit “tetched” ask her to explain. “You see, by dropping monies in my Mite Box daily, I have been able to go to all these places where God the Holy Spirit is working.”

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN THE PAST WEEK?

Explore God’s blessings at home and abroad through www.lwml.org.

Betty Dietrich
Gospel Outreach Committee Chairman

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What are your plans for this new year?

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It’s 2016, a special year. It’s a Leap Year! There is one extra day to spend serving God. What will you do with that day, and with every day God grants you this year?

Have you considered going on a mission trip? LWML groups offer great opportunities, some which may be a little (or maybe a lot!) out of your comfort zone. They are life-changing events and enable you to live out Jesus’ directive in Mark 16:15 to “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel.”

LCMS Missions, Lutheran Hour Ministries, and MOST Ministries also offer so many possibilities: VBS, Mercy Medical, construction, even prayer teams! Visit the sites to find an opportunity that interests you. If a mission trip is not a possibility, please continue to collect Mites for the 2015-2017 Mission Grants and support missions around the world.

God has given you the blessing of salvation through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus! Let’s make 2016 a year of sharing this message and ourselves whether it is here or abroad, as we Serve the Lord With Gladness!

Leslie Jaseph
Meeting Manager

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Lutheran Women in Mission

Two Minute TuesdayMake new friends and grow closer to our Lord through LWML! The Lutheran Women's Missionary League gives you an opportunity to grow in your faith and use the gifts He has given you. We are Lutheran Women in Mission. We serve others with gladness, joy, and love. Take the time to pray, study Scripture, develop leadership and confidence in our sharing our Lord's story. We are volunteers who fund our mission grants with mites and other gifts. Our mission grants are in the United States and all over the world and fund clean water, hospitals, schools, churches, and refugees, to name a few. The seminaries are also some of our grants this biennium.

Personal invitation -

When I was in my twenties and a mother to four active little girls in five years, my mother in law and aunt invited me to go to their missionary league meetings with them. I learned that the Lutheran Women's Missionary League is a faith walk. Keep the focus of the meeting on serving the Lord with joy and enthusiasm. Emphasize the mission. Know Christ and make Him known. You develop the gifts, talents, and opportunities the Lord has given you. The mission goal is $2,000,000.00 this biennium for the grants voted on at our convention in Iowa this summer. Pray for these grants.

Betty Duda
LWML President 1987-1991

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Your Mites Touch Lives

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Do you realize what an impact your mite offerings have in the world?  Are you aware of how many lives are being touched by the grants that the LWML supports?

In Tanzania in 2013, I saw first-hand the work of the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (a grant from 2011-2013) and met people who were alive because of LMI; people who now could hear the life-giving Word of God. Helping distribute quilts (a grant from 2009-2011) to those who had few possessions reinforced that act of service done by so many of our supporters.

Our grants do make a difference; share that with one other woman you know! The time is now to let people know about the grants and how they, too, can participate.

Janice Wendorf
LWML President 2007-2011

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Share His Good News

Two Minute TuesdayWe saw the empty tomb; we faithfully and joyfully worshipped our risen Lord not long ago on Easter Sunday. But there are those who didn’t have that experience.

It’s our privilege and responsibility as Lutheran Women in Mission to reach out to those who do not know Jesus as Savior. It can begin simply by sharing a smile and kind words.

Nurture a relationship with someone who doesn’t know Him. Wait for the opening God will give you to share His Good News.

Stay connected to our risen Lord and keep the joy of Easter morning worship alive! Join your LWML sisters in Bible study, praise, and service to others. Then share the joy of our risen Lord … because The Time is NOW!

Sherrie Smith
Leader Development Chairman 

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You Are a Missionary!

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Share with someone your love of the LWML today! You may simply respond like this:

Lutheran women all over the world gather offerings (mites) in their Mite Boxes. As they give their mites, they pray for those missionaries who will share Jesus’ love with those who may not know Him. They pray for those who will be fed, physically and spiritually, with the help of these gifts. As women gather together for Bible study or mission service, they combine their mite offerings with others and the offerings grow. The mites continue to multiply as each group sends their offering to support district grants. Their districts then send a portion to national, and mission grants are prayed and paid for! And the Word of the Lord is shared.

Anyone can be a part of this exciting adventure! Share your favorite mission grant story (current mission grant resources found at www.lwml.org/mission/mission-grant-resources) with someone new and ask them if they’d like to participate. The big picture of mission grants becomes personal, and allows us to be individually involved in missions. 

You are a missionary. With the Holy Spirit, you are able to share this with someone today. The Time is NOW!

Debbie Larson
LWML Public Relations Director

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