Week of May 29 - It’s the season for track meets – races, long jump, high jump, shot-put and relays.
Do you remember the most important part of the relay races? Yep … the hand-off! Races can be won or lost depending on the success of that maneuver.
This is also the time of year many leader positions have a hand-off. To help make it a successful one check out the Leader Development resource “Passing the Baton,” available as a free download. It has practical transition tips for outgoing leaders, and on page two you will find “Accepting the Baton” with – you guessed it – practical tips for the incoming leader.
Give your LWML team some quick tips for their hand off to new officers from the Leader Development Newsletter, “Follow The Leader.” Download it and pass it on. The success of the race can very well depend how we hand off our responsibilities. We pray these resources equip you for a successful hand-off and victory for your team! Check them out on the Leader Development page!
LWML VP of Servant Resources
Week of May 22 - You Are a Letter From Christ
Across all of our lives are “marks” of the Lord whether we see them or not, marks that make us a letter from Jesus. To be a letter from Christ is to allow the qualities of Jesus to shine from you like messages shine from a letter penned from the depths of one’s heart. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. This week take the time to know Jesus better. Renew your friendship and deepen your love for Him by reading the Scriptures, by listening to music that sings about Him, by finding devotional readings that point to Him. Let Him fill you and you will be a letter from Christ.
Deaconess Sylvia Johnson
LWML VP of Human Care
Week of May 15 - Where is the Joy?
Much in our world tries to rob us of joy: news of devastation from flood waters, tornadoes, wars, death, unrest, and mockery of God’s plan as revealed in His Word. Even within the LWML we can lack joy when we read that our efforts to fully complete our shared mission goal for 2009-2011 fell short by $46,726.64.
Habakkuk 6:17-19a provides wise counsel: Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God the Lord is my strength;
The Lutheran Study Bible notes read: “When we look to ourselves and our own strength, we have reason only to despair. But when we are cast down and experience turmoil, we say, “Yet will I rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”
Lord, keep our eyes focused on You and our lips proclaiming Your praise. The joy is where it has always been, in our loving Lord.
Rejoice with me that all requested grant distributions have been made to date. The only funds not paid have not been requested from the grant recipients. Please pray that God would give us His wisdom as our Board of Directors and the voting delegates to the 2011 LWML convention address the shortfall from the biennium.
Week of May 8 - Mission Grant Update
The following are recent updates on LWML Mission Grants that have been paid in full during 2009-2011:
Grant #4 "Psalm 69:14 Project - Emergency Disaster Aid in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana" grant funds were used mainly for shelter, equipment, furniture, and household items. The remaining funds will be used in Louisiana for relief to victims of the Gulf oil spill and in Oklahoma for victims affected by recent fires.
Grant #10 "Kyrgyzstan Locals Trained for Evangelism" funds supported church development, expansion, and training leaders.
Grant #12 "Human Care and Pastoral Ministries Developed in Latvia and Lithuania" funds supported handicap institutional reform, evangelistic outreach to youth and families in Riga, Latvia, pastoral leadership training, and the Women's and Children's Center in Sakiai, Lithuania.
As we begin the new fiscal biennium, may God continue to bless our giving to fund new mission grants that serve His people throughout the world.
LWML VP of Gospel Outreach
Week of May 1 - Shhh... Can You Hear It?
The headlines and news stations are filled with reports of devastating earthquakes, floods, and tornadoes. Spring storms bring torrents of rain and window-rattling thunder. The news on your
Internet homepage flashes yet another urgent message of threats and instability. Loud debates aired on television pit candidates and parties against one another. A teen screams hateful words at her parents before storming out of the house. Anger over impending layoffs fills the office with rancor. A husband rages over sky-rocketing gas prices. A sobbing friend sits on your sofa pouring out news of a loved one killed in combat.
LWML VP of Communication