eNews Issue #261 — May 7, 2019


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2019 Convention logo: Purple world with gold cross and red heart stretching out around the world centered on the cross, with the inner point of the heart starting in the convention site of Mobile, Alabama.

Read about and register now for the 2019 LWML Convention at

Humorous Interrupter Jan Struck says that her trust in Christ is her reason to make a “joyful noise unto God!” Jan will be joining in the praise celebration in Mobile as she joyfully makes a reappearance as ???????

Come to the 2019 LWML Convention in Mobile, Alabama, June 20–23 to laugh, laugh, laugh, and laugh some more as Jan (aka ?) will share her journey of faith in our Lord through her sense of humor.

2005 Tampa LWML Convention
Jan as YWR Nita Myhtes Daily calling Aunt Jane. Nita was the Young Woman Rep because she was the youngest (ahem) in her society. She came with the intention of just going to the beach.
2007 Sioux Falls
LWML Convention Jan as Aunt Jane saying, “Lutefisk…the piece of Cod that passes all understanding.”
2009 Portland
LWML Convention

Jan as Ruby Begonia of the Sweet Home Oregon Begonias. Ruby expressed, “I’m usually the triple —P person when it comes to missions: pew, pray & pay; then I met the Heart to Heart Sisters who were “mission mites in the flesh.”
2017 Albuquerque LWML Convention
Jan as Katie Luther.


nullJoin the celebration of praising our Lord in song with a Saturday evening of inspiration from the VOICES of Mobile! VOICES is a vocal ensemble consisting of students from The University of Mobile. VOICES mission statement is, “Honoring Him with our lives and praising Him with our voices.”

To enjoy a glimpse into the upcoming Saturday inspirational evening at the 2019 LWML Convention with the VOICES of Mobile, click on this video link ( of them performing Mercy Tree; and this video ( of VOICES singing Praise the Lord.

nullCalling all TEEN GIRLS enrolled in Camp-Insta Friends at the Mobile Convention.

We want to welcome you during a meet and greet on Thursday June 20, and dinner together on Friday night June 21. Friday night dinner must be checked on the registration form. You will be sent an invitation once you have registered.

Contact for questions or more detail.

nullLWML Secretary Ginger Starrett writes, “have you hugged an LWML sister in Christ at a zone or district event and enjoyed the fellowship? Now think for a moment about how wonderful that felt … are you still thinking about that warm wonderful greeting? Now imagine being greeted and hugged by close to 4,000 LWML sisters all in one place at one time. That is what a national LWML Convention offers you, warm hugs and warm memories from meeting women young and young at heart from across the nation.

In the heart of Mobile, Alabama, there will be many hearts gathering together to sing, to worship, to laugh, to be in motion for missions, to Tee Up 4 Mites, and yes, to just hug. If you have registered already you know you are in for many wonderful memories. If you haven’t registered there is still time to be a part of this great experience.” Visit

null2019 LWML CONVENTION - Gifts From The Heart

ARCH BOOKS — Will be delivered to GFTH at convention.
EASY ORDERING: Choose one or two titles, and order a quantity of each. Check to see which book titles haven’t been ordered yet, so that an EVEN number of the 35 titles are provided. They cost only $1.00 each book and FREE shipping when you use the code: GFTH 
Order Arch books here. 

BIBLE DONATIONS —  Will be shipped to NOLA 4H in New Orleans.
Donate money to purchase Bibles for NOLA4H here.


Update: 2017–2019 LWML MISSION GRANT #9

Lutheran World Relief Quilt and Kit Shipping Fund – fully funded at $80,000 

Every year, many LWML groups and individuals join their hearts and hands in sewing mission quilts, making blankets, and assembling personal care, baby care, school, and fabric kits to be distributed to people in need through Lutheran World Relief (LWR). Delivering these materials to people in need is a long and sometimes complex process, involving trucking and rail transportation, warehousing, processing, and overseas shipping. This grant ensures the ability to deliver more than 35,500 quilts each year to our neighbors in need around the world and sustains the ministry that so many LWML’s have been a part of for generations.

nullTuesday, April 24, LWML Meeting Manager Leslie Jaseph and LWML Chesapeake District President Teresa Tester had the joyous pleasure of presenting the remaining $40,000 check to Lutheran World Relief President and CEO Daniel Speckhard at the Lutheran Center, thus fully funding this LWML Mission Grant through your mite offerings given in prayer.

2019 Convention logo: Purple world with gold cross and red heart stretching out around the world centered on the cross, with the inner point of the heart starting in the convention site of Mobile, Alabama.

Dear Lutheran Women in Mission,
Having a heart for mission service — Mobile, Alabama, June 20–23 is the place you will want to be; with many Servant Connection opportunities to enjoy; including tying quilts for Lutheran World Relief! Register today:

Three new Mustard Seed Devotional Booklets will be available at the 2019 LWML convention.


Titles of these booklets are Comfort and Hope, In Praise to the Lord, and Joy in Our Daily Lives. These booklets will be easy to put in your purse to read as you are waiting for the doctor, sitting at the airport, or any time you have a couple of minutes. We pray these will be a blessing to you and your friends and family.

2019 Convention logo: Purple world with gold cross and red heart stretching out around the world centered on the cross, with the inner point of the heart starting in the convention site of Mobile, Alabama.

Dear Lutheran Women in Mission,
Having a heart for mission inspiration — Mobile, Alabama, June 20–23 is the place you will want to be; with many Bible Studies offered as well as devotional materials available in the LWML Store! Register today:


UPDATE: 2017–2019 MISSION GRANT Reallocated #22a – LeadaChild - $30,000

nullApril 23, LWML President Patti Ross received this following email update from Executive Director of LeadaChild Dr. Philip Frusti:

Easter Greetings!

My initial trip to West Africa was very successful.  

The Lutheran churches and schools in Ghana are under new leadership - which is a very good thing. I visited the well-established schools in Accra. Their desire is for the teachers to receive training in effective ways to integrate God's Word into the daily curriculum ... and to receive more materials to teach the Christian faith. In the north (which is 60% Muslim), there is a great opportunity to develop a key site and provide teacher training for the teachers in the region and right across the border in Togo. Sierra Leone (70% Muslim country) also has wonderful leadership in the Lutheran church and school at this time. We are looking to establish our hub at a Lutheran school in Bo. We are also planning on teacher workshop there and in Kailahun ... which is right near the place where Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia meet. We are coordinating times for the training - either in one or two trips; maybe December 2019 or July/August 2020.


This picture is of myself and a girl whose father and she, formerly Muslim, have now become Christian through the school ministry in Bawku, Ghana.

Blessings, Phil


2017–2019 MISSION GRANT #22
– Reallocated January 2019 [#22 a-d]
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Graduate School #22b - $40,000

A special event was held, Tuesday afternoon, March  26th in the Concordia Seminary St. Louis library, celebrating the presentation of a $40,000 check from LWML President Patti Ross on behalf of the LWML. Graduate students from African countries at Concordia Seminary St. Louis will be the beneficiaries of this reallocated LWML Mission Grant which will assist them in covering costs of attending the graduate school. Dean of Advanced Studies Rev. Dr. Gerhard Bode accepted the check. Concordia Seminary President Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer, Ethiopian graduate student Rev. Tibebu Teklu Senbetu, Seminary Advancement Office Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Vicki Biggs, and others from Concordia Seminary showed their sincere appreciation to LWML with a reception in their honor.


2019 Convention logo: Purple world with gold cross and red heart stretching out around the world centered on the cross, with the inner point of the heart starting in the convention site of Mobile, Alabama.

Dear Lutheran Women in Mission,
Having a heart for missions — Mobile, Alabama, June 20–23 is the place you will want to be; with presentations from Mites in Action speakers & over 65 mission ministry exhibitors! Register today:


LWML Engages, Encourages, Equips, and Enjoys Lutheran Youth at the LCMS 2019 National Youth Gathering

nullLWML MN South District Gifts of Love advocate Mary Kay Mages, LWML Strategic Plan Facilitator and Gift Planning Counselor Carol von Soosten, and Associate Director of Servant Events and Gathering Arrangements Jim Lohman from the LCMS Office of National Mission – Youth

At a recent LWML Gifts of Love meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, LCMS National Youth Gathering Associate Director of Servant Events Jim Lohman expressed his joy at the encouragement and financial support he has received from several LWML groups in order to help equip the youth who will be attending the 2019 NYG reach the goal of providing 1,000,000 meals through the Feed My Starving Children servant event project. Jim said that Feed My Starving Children will be setting up one of their mobile food packaging sites in the Minneapolis Convention Center. The need now is for financial support to meet the 1,000,000 meal goal.

nullPictured here are youth packaging meals during this same service opportunity at the 2016 NYG in New Orleans, Louisiana. The goal for this servant event project at the 2019 NYG has been increased from the 500,000 meals packaged in 2016 and thus additional financial support from LWML groups is welcomed.

LWML takes this opportunity to invite all NYG attendees to look for the LWML exhibit booth. Stop by the LWML exhibit booth and enjoy your fellow Lutheran women and youth in mission, July 11–15, 2019.


nullThe 2019 Church Interpreter Training Institute (CITI) will be held on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, Indiana, June 13–16, 2019.

CITI, a partnership of the seminary and Lutheran Friends of the Deaf (LFD), Mill Neck, New York, provides instruction for American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, church members, and professional church workers in church interpreting and Deaf ministry.

The program is open to students of all levels, from beginner to certified. Students will have opportunities to practice signing during classes and the seminary’s daily worship services. Registration is $200 for commuters (includes daily lunch) and $350 for non-commuters (includes meals and lodging). Some scholarships for Lutheran participants are available from LFD; students are also encouraged to contact their church or district office for additional funding. May 24 is the deadline to register.

See the information at on how the LWML is becoming equipped to welcome our deaf sisters in participation in the LWML.

Dear Lutheran Women in Mission,

I look forward to seeing each of you, and giving you a warm sisterly hug at the

  • 40th Biennial LWML Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 22–25, 2023!
  • 39th Biennial LWML Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, June 24–27, 2021!
  • 38th Biennial LWML Convention in Mobile, Alabama, June 20–23, 2019!

Love in Christ, Michelle 


nullLWML President Patti Ross recently reported, “Monday evening, March 25th, LWML hosted a dinner and program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis for soon to be Vicars, Deaconess Interns, and spouses. This was a great opportunity to talk about LWML with these new church workers before they go out to many of your congregations next year. I pray they will find welcoming LWML groups who will invite them to come and see what LWML is all about and see how we can partner with them in ministry. About 113 people attended, including Seminary President Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer and Diane Meyer. Along with me were LWML Public Relations Director Michelle Zollinger, LWML Business Manager Vanessa Johnson, and LWML Administrative Coordinator Karen Andersen. Those attending were presented gift cards from LWML.”



“Then on Friday evening, April 12th, Michelle and I hosted the LWML event for soon to be Vicars, Deaconess Interns, soon to be Pastors, and spouses at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne. As in St. Louis, the LWML Church Workers In Mission video was shown, and LWML gifts given. Joining us were LWML Indiana District President Marge Gruber, LWML Ohio District President Jeanne Schimmelmann, LWML Growth and Development Committee members Ann Marie Bollas and Deaconess Rachel Jaseph with her husband, Phil Jaseph, (son of LWML Meeting Manager Leslie Jaseph) who will be going on vicarage. We enjoyed the company of Seminary President Rev. Dr. Lawrence Rast and Amy Rast. Both evenings were so nice!”



To the Lutheran Women's Mission League,
I would like to write to thank you all for the wonderful evening. The dinner was wonderful, and it was wonderful to hear more about how the LWML plays an impact in the life of the church across this country and throughout the world. I look forward to partnering with the LWML in the ministry of the gospel wherever I am assigned this May. Thank you all for the work that you all do to help the seminary out!
In Christ, Kyle Will      

Lutheran Women in Mission — The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women's auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman's relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries, and to support global missions.

The LWML is the leading group for LCMS women where each woman is welcomed and encouraged to use her unique God-given gifts as she supports global missions and serves the Lord with gladness. 
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