It’s a celebratory time of the year! Advent season is filled with special events. Some are religious, some are traditional and some are purely social. They all lead us toward the grand celebration of the birth of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, on Christmas. It is a time to celebrate and to be thankful.
As Lutheran Women in Mission we celebrate and give thanks.
Today — Let’s celebrate the generous response to LWML’s Giving Tuesday! God blessed us with generous givers who raised $13,270 for the mission and ministry of our 19 mission grant recipients for 2015–2017! He also inspired an anonymous donor to offer a matching grant of $10,000 bringing the total amount to $23,270. We celebrate and we give thanks to God for people who continue to pass along their blessings to those in need.
Yesterday — We are preparing to celebrate our 75th Anniversary of LWML in 2017. We celebrate the blessings God has bestowed on the LWML these many years. We celebrate the ministries that have benefited from 75 years of mission support. We thank God for His faithfulness and abundance of blessings that we have received and share with others.
Tomorrow — We celebrate the work we have ahead because we are confident God is still guiding us, loving us, and sustaining us. To fund the remaining mission grants we must raise another $400,000 by March 31, 2017. Can we actually celebrate this? Yes! We give thanks for the honor bestowed on us that our God — Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier — has empowered us to do His will. How awesome is that?
Let’s prepare to celebrate the greatest gift ever this Christmas and be thankful we are called to tell others about that greatest of all gifts — Jesus Christ. We are Lutheran Women in Mission — Serving the Lord with Gladness!
Celebrating with you,