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God’s Precious Children

The spirit himself bears witness with our spirits that we are children of God (Romans 8:16).

nullAs I travel by air around the United States, I proudly display my purple LWML luggage tags on my suitcases. These luggage tags help me easily identify my luggage. It is my prayer that someone will offer a comment about the tags be it color or logo so that I can segue from the tags to share about the LWML and ultimately about God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. My luggage tags identify my luggage as belonging to me. But who do we belong to and whose are we? Through holy Baptism, we are marked with the sign of the cross on our forehead and are identified as redeemed children of God. Titus 3:7 states, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having hope of eternal life.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27). As Lutheran Women in Mission, we are God’s precious children and sisters in Christ. To read more about who we are as an organization, click www.lwml.org/who-we-are.

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Let the Children Come

And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God (Mark 10:13–14).

What will the LWML look like in ten years and beyond? How can we engage and retain our young women? One way is to grow together as a multigenerational LWML. There is that old saying, “the family that prays together, stays together.”

Shared experiences with your children like prayer, worshipping together, and attending LWML events together create opportunities for learning and living as a servant leader.

Consider planning family friendly LWML events that would allow your children to attend with you. Include youth leaders to assist you with your event planning and activities.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).

Many young women are active in their LWML groups, and many more have expressed an interest to participate more. Consider making the LWML a family affair.  Let your daughters come with you as you serve Christ in the LWML. Click here to visit the Young Women page on our website. Your sons are welcome too. We need a strong partnership with our pastors, and your son could be your next zone pastoral counselor.

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Remembering and Celebrating Jesus — Everyday!

Monday, February 19, is celebrated in honor and memory of all United States presidents, specifically George Washington, the first USA President. It is good to honor and remember these leaders of our country.

As Christians, we honor and remember our Lord (our Leader) and Savior, Jesus Christ. The LWML is founded on His promises of forgiveness, mercy, and love. Each Lutheran Woman in Mission honors our Triune God by ministering to the people of the world to His glory and in His name. And even as we are blessed to remember our Lord, He remembers us! Take a moment to read this short devotion and find comfort in His Word. We love because He first loved us.

If you are not yet involved in LWML I encourage you to find a local group near you and join their Bible studies, their mission service projects, and find joy in contributing to mites (mission dollars) to reach the lost with Jesus’ love. Find basic information on LWML here, and find out how to get involved here.

Lutheran Women in Mission celebrate Jesus — everyday!

In His service, filled with His joy,

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Reading About Jesus

Did you have a favorite Bible story or Bible storybook when you were young? Wasn’t it wonderful to be able to read them or have them read to you?

Mission Grant #6 seeks to provide Bible storybooks to people around the world in their native “heart” language. Read more here about this opportunity to impact families’ lives with the Good News!

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Lutheran Women in Mission know that there is a need to share about our Savior closer to home, too. When the LWML Board of Directors met in St. Louis in January, participants brought books for Lutheran Hope Center (LHC) in Ferguson, MO. These donations, called Gifts From the Heart, will support the Center’s mission “to share the hope that is ours in Jesus Christ by providing opportunities for youth and families to improve academic performance, to build strong character and leadership skills, to foster positivie biblical relationships … to share the good news of God’s message of salvation for us in Jesus Christ.”

A total of $1,070 in books, gift cards, and cash donations was gratefully received by LHC Executive Director Rev. Micah Glenn. To learn more about the Center click here or follow them on Facebook.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in faith so that you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13). 

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What Did You Say?

nullHow do you communicate? What means of communication do you regularly use that maybe you didn’t a few years ago?

Our website, www.lwml.org, through its articles, insights, and program ideas, helps to develop clear communication about our connections with each other as sisters and brothers in Christ. Through social media, LWML offers many avenues to communicate God’s blessings and share the many opportunities we have to serve Him with gladness. What are some of those ‘avenues’?

Do you receive updates about LWML happenings through eNews? Or maybe you’re signed up to receive daily Mustard Seed Devotions, 2-Minute Tuesday writings, or President Patti’s blog?

FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+, Instagram … LWML communicates through a variety of ways. How do you get connected with these communication avenues? If you’re reading this, you’re on the right page. Scroll to the bottom of our homepage. Connect with LWML by clicking on one or more of the icons for social media posts to find out the latest news. Connect with LWML by clicking on Sign Up Today and choose which inspirational message(s) and/or news updates you would like to receive. Or get all these by downloading the LWML App from the App store!

God bless you as you discover ‘new-to-you’ or continue using one or more of the avenues available to connect with the LWML. 

For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God (Hebrews 13:14–16).

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God’s Blessed Connections

Recently a group of young adults, students at the University of Missouri, traveled to Silver Spring, Maryland to assist homeless persons in the area. Their plans were finalized and at the last minute the availability of a place to shower was lost. One member of the group, through her grandmother, was placed in touch with LWML members in the area. They made available a Lutheran Church with facilities to help the students. Isn’t it wonderful to see the connection God offered across the many miles?

Consider the connections you have with other women in mission. We are connected when we study God’s Word, actively pray for and reach out to others with His love. Explore the connections offered here: A DVD Bible study, Peter … from Fisherman to Fisher of Men # LWML68934; Every Picture Can Tell God’s Story #LWML20422; Embracing Diversity, Power Point presentation; the 2018 Prayer Service, Living as God’s People, which is available as a free download.

Be alert! Look for the opportunities God places in each of our lives. What connections is He placing before you?

And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them (Mark 16:20).

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Miracles Happen!

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Marilyn presenting the check at Mission Central.

Early in December I had the privilege of presenting the very first check of the 2017–2019 biennium for one of the 22 Mission Grants adopted at the LWML Convention in Albuquerque. That check was for Grant #5, Current Missionary Need, in the amount of $100,000 presented to Ole Missionary Gary Thies and Rev. Brent Smith, co-workers at Mission Central, Mapleton, Iowa.  

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Gary Thies sharing with Marilyn the missionaries to receive support.

As Missionary Gary said “Yes, miracles keep on happening at the Lord’s Mission Central!” and that’s exactly how this $100,000 gift is viewed. Ten missionaries, including several women missionaries world-wide, each received $10,000. Every penny of this [miracle] gift is used for the missionaries’ support so they can continue to share the salvation story.  What a joy and privilege it is for the LWML to support these missionaries for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His dear people — especially those who do not yet know His saving grace.

You too can support these missionaries and help make it all happen! Visit LWML’s website to discover the many different ways.

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