Spring is in the air. I’m looking forward to the clean scent of freshly dug earth and spring rains feeding new gardens. Spring can be a sign of hope for new beginnings to many of us but many around the globe see only despair in their future. By God’s grace, district and national LWML Mission Grants can change that despair into hope for grant recipients.
One mission grant, Bringing Hope and Healing to the Navajo People, once fully funded, will implement Gospel-oriented programs for Navajo men, women and youth to empower and equip them to live victorious amid their circumstances, offering better choices for a brighter future. As the LWML biennium ends March 31, 2017, we pray that all individuals and LWML districts will recognize the need and our mission goal will be met.
This, and all other mission grants spread Jesus’ love throughout the world and you can be a part of this wonderful mission opportunity through your offerings and prayers. What a blessing to share His hope with others!
In His service, filled with His joy,
Posted on February 27, 2017 9:15 AM
Oscar Wilde said, “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
Hope and Healing to the Navajo People is one of the LWML Mission Grants still in need of funding.
Your LWML Mite Box is living proof of this. The small act of donating to LWML mites impacts people’s lives by not only supplying something helpful, useful, or needful, but with the saving grace of the Gospel. That is certainly worth more than the grandest of intentions!
Will you join me today in the small act of donating, the small act of taking your donations to church, and the small act of asking that your group send in all the mites monthly? Our national mission grant deadline is March 31st. There are still grants that are waiting to be funded.
Let’s celebrate the impact our small acts of mites can have for God’s kingdom work! Click here.
Let’s respond to our Savior’s love toward us! The Time is NOW to ACT!
Posted on February 20, 2017 8:55 AM
Help Young Adults Serve Through LCMS Young Adult Corps
As with many generations, young adults today are not always sure of their future vocation. The LWML grant LCMS Young Adult Corps provides scholarship funds to serve in areas in which their talents and services are needed (poverty/inner city areas, and areas of disadvantage and/or long-term recovery). Sometimes these young men and women need to experience the joys of helping people in places where they have never visited. You can read more about this grant here.
This grant has yet to be funded and our fiscal year ends in just about six weeks on March 31. We are in the last stretch of our biennium with much of the hill to climb. Let’s continue in prayer and encourage our young adults through the LCMS Young Adult Corps. Paul speaks of mutual encouragement in Romans 1:12, that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. Let’s pray for the people involved with this ministry and that God will continue to bless our mite offerings.
You can donate now at www.lwml.org/donate-online by credit or debit card.
Posted on February 13, 2017 9:02 AM
Bringing the Gospel to the Lost Sheep of Israel
As we enter the final two months to receive offerings towards our Mission Goal, we find several grants that remain unfunded. We pray that the Lord of the harvest would move mission-minded servants to come forward with contributions by March 31, 2017 so that all grants chosen by district delegates at the 2015 Des Moines Convention will be completely funded.
There is one particular one on my mind. “Bringing the Gospel to the Lost Sheep of Israel – Apple of His Eye (AOHE) Mission Society.” AOHE is a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). This is their mission statement: The Apple of His Eye Mission Society exists to boldly declare Y’shua as the Messiah and urgently equip God’s people to do the same. We are passionate about telling Jewish people and gentiles that Jesus is the promised Messiah. May the Lord, by His Spirit, move them into a life of faith.
This grant is an exciting opportunity. It will provide funds to establish the first mission outreach and church planting ministry for the LCMS in Israel. The strategy includes the training of Messianic Jews living in Israel to become leaders and pastors along with the establishment of Lutheran churches. The first ministry for the LCMS in Israel! LWML has led the way in financing mission “firsts” throughout its 75 year history. Here is another opportunity to bring the word that Christ is the promised Messiah of Israel. The apostle Paul writes to his listeners in Romans 10:1 NIV, Brothers and sisters, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.
Pray for this ministry. Read about it at www.lwml.org/mission-grant-14. Send your offering for it before March 31, 2017 to your district treasurer or financial secretary so that it can be sent by March 31 for this grant and the others that remain to be funded completely.
Serving with you!
Posted on February 06, 2017 9:25 AM
2017 A New Year: Time to Take Stock
Now that we’ve survived the first month of 2017, I like many of you, are likely taking stock of what seemed like some really good personal new year’s resolutions. Perhaps you’ve already given up on one or two of them. Don’t do that, especially if spending time with God in daily devotions and growing in His Word is one of those resolutions.
It’s not too late to take stock of what’s available at your fingertips on the LWML website, and on the store shelf, to energize and inspire you for your spiritual growth. There are many excellent Bible studies, devotions, tracts, and periodicals for your society and zone as well. Check out the website: www.lwml.org
It’s a new year and certainly a good time for you to take stock and engage with God on a more personal level. Spend time with Him. You are precious to God.
Posted on January 30, 2017 8:34 AM
2017 To Do List
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly (Psalm 5:3 NIV).
Years ago I learned I do much better with a “To Do List” rather than a resolution list for each New Year.
Here’s a sneak peek at a few of my “to do” items for early in 2017. Are these on your list?
- January 2: LWML Convention Hotel Reservations opened. Check out the information at http://www.lwml.org/2017-convention. Talk to friends and reserve a hotel room now!
- February 1: Early Convention Registration opens. Register for convention and select a Friday Noon Info. Gathering and Saturday Special Interest Luncheon session. Pray for everyone attending convention during this special 75th anniversary year!
- March 14: Regular Convention Registration opens. Check with women in my congregation to see if they registered and are making plans to go to convention and the Saturday night “Diamond Dazzle” event for the 75th anniversary.
- March 15: Gather final Mite Box offerings to send in for the 2015–2017 Mission Goal. (March 31, 2017 is the deadline.) We still need to fund, “Bringing the Gospel to the Lost Sheep of Israel” to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Use the online link at http://www.lwml.org/donate-online to help.
Posted on January 23, 2017 9:10 AM
Building the Future Today
The Latino confirmation class of Hope Lutheran Church, Woodburn, Oregon was introduced to the work of the LWML by Oregon District President Carmen Nagel. DP Carmen shared the mission and ministry, and the history of the Mite Box with the youth, along with members of the Hope Ladies Aid LWML Society. These young ladies will be mentored as LWML YOUth in Mission. They will be included in the planning for the District Retreat, and the 2018 District Convention. It is not too early, and never too late, to include the youth of your congregation in your society’s activity. Our youth are our future. They have a lot to offer, to teach, and to learn.
To hold true to our 2015–2017 Primary Focus, let us always be mindful to include our youth, young women, and multicultural sisters in our LWML group activities. Follow the hyperlinks for more information. If you have something new to share, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on January 16, 2017 8:44 AM