Salt and Light
by Kathy Johnson
Live joyfully as salt and light. You are the salt of the
earth ... you are the light of the world ... let your light shine
before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your
Father in heaven (Matthew 5:13a, 14a, 16b). This was the
theme for the 31st biennial LWML convention in Tampa, Florida,
where salt and light is plentiful in nature.
delegates chose new mission grant recipients. The Lutheran Women's
Missionary League supports these mission projects both at home
and abroad with mite offerings and through volunteerism.
During the past two years, the LWML supported People of God
Seminary in Kazakhstan. The mites assisted in funding the translation
and printing of materials, lunch and transportation costs for
men and women to attend the seminary and also supplemented administration
The seminary is not an imposing structure, just one small
classroom on the second floor of the building where Christ the
Savior congregation meets. At the time of this writing there
were four professors and six students. The program of study is
two years, with plans to expand in the future.
Volunteers in the program, Reverend David and Darlene Schneider,
quickly realized upon their arrival in Kazakhstan that there
was a desperate need for Bible study. The dominant Christian
group within the area had offered very little in the way of Bible
study so the idea was foreign to students attending the seminary.
Not only was there a need to teach Bible study, there was also
an urgent need for the students attending the seminary to become
confident teachers of the Bible. The "Pastor as Educator"
course now allows seminary students the opportunity to lead Bible
study in class and through this to gain confidence in their leadership.
Students graduating from People of God Seminary have come
to understand the power of God's Word to change lives, and they
are eager to present the Gospel to others. They continue to thank
God for the volunteers who brought the saving Word of God to
them and served as their mentors.
Volunteers who served in this project felt the Lord guiding
them to make a difference in the spiritual lives of those they
served. They brought with them the Good News of the joy of salvation
to all people.
They make a difference, living and serving joyfully for Christ,
letting their light shine.
||Kathy Johnson is the busy mother of six. She has been
published in Christmas in the Country 2003 and Portals
of Prayer February 2004. She is a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran
Church, Richfield, MN.
Each one should use
whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering
God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should
do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God
may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and
the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4: 1011)
For more information on LWML mission grants see www.lwml.org
and then click on Mission.
For more information on LCMS mission projects see www.lcms.org
and then click on Ministry Areas: LCMS World Mission.