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Equipping Youth to Witness for Life

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Mission Grant #13

Y4Life is a part of Lutherans for Life that equips young adults on college campuses to share the Gospel through life issues.

Since abortion occurs at an alarming rate in high school age teens, the need for education about alternatives to abortion is great. This grant will expand this campus ministry program to include Lutheran high schools. And since 17% of Lutheran high school students have no religious affiliation, Y4Life has an opportunity to tell these fellow classmates about Jesus and provide helpful information about alternatives to abortion and the sanctity of life.

nullBy training student leaders and providing ongoing mentorship and support, students will proclaim Christ and raise their voices for life.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:13–14).

Continue to pray for all the mission grants. On Giving Tuesday your donation will be matched. Your support is needed. Please donate your offering at www.lwml.org/givingtuesday.

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Hearts for the Hungry, Homeless, and Hurting

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LWML Mission Grant #8

NOLA 4H is the acronym for the LWML Mission Grant #8 Hearts for the Hungry, Homeless, and Hurting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Six LCMS congregations, whose own church buildings experienced flooding from Hurricane Katrina, are reaching out with the help of the LWML to show the love of Jesus by providing food, shelter, and comfort to those still suffering with homelessness and lack of basic necessities in the hardest hit neighborhoods.

Your Mite Box offerings, given in prayer, will go towards equipping each of the fellowship halls of the six churches to serve more people with Bibles, shelter, food, clothing, toiletries, clinics, and counseling. 

Continue to pray for all the mission grants. On Giving Tuesday your donation will be matched. Your support is needed. Please donate your offering at www.lwml.org/givingtuesday.

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Providing Food and the Gospel to Starving Children

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LWML Mission Grant #1

I know we’ve all seen the pictures of hungry children, and the situation tugs at our hearts.  We might even have said “I wish there was something I could do to help.”   Well, the truth of the matter is that you (all of us) are helping.

nullAt the Albuquerque LWML Convention delegates voted to fund a $ 40,000 grant for providing food to starving children.  This grant was the number one vote-getter out of all the proposed grants. One half of this grant has already been funded. Our mite gifts on Giving Tuesday will help fund the balance and provide food for the hungry. 

Mercy Meals of Siouxland (Iowa West) has packaged over a million meals of fortified rice/soy meals for the starving children all over the world.  With one regular packaging event held each month, along with several special events, meals have been packaged and sent to countries like Haiti, the Philippines, and Liberia, including a children’s orphanage in Bucharest, Romania.  Approximately 45,000 meals are packaged during a single event.

nullThis is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth (1 John 3:16-18).

Continue to pray for all the mission grants. On Giving Tuesday your donation will be matched. Your support is needed. Please donate your offering at www.lwml.org/givingtuesday

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Serving the Lord in my youth

When I was a kid, I did not know the might of the Mite Box. I just wanted one so that I could put money in it to help the kids in other countries and build buildings that I heard my mother talk about. She was helping so I wanted to help. After all, I went to those LWML meetings too (sitting quietly while the ladies held their meeting). The youth I have met over the past years are not sitters. They are doers and want to fully participate in the mission of the LWML. Let’s help by empowering them, trusting them, and valuing their opinions. Work with them to establish an LWML group of their own and offer them a seat on the zone or district board. They are ready to serve with you now as they prepare to be our future leaders.

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

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Check out ideas and resources on the YOUth in Mission page.

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Nursing Students Serving with Mercy Medical Team

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LWML Mission Grant #17, Nursing Students Serving with Mercy Medical Team - LCMS Office of International Mission $25,000

nullThere are many people around the world who will never have regular medical care, and may not see any sort of medical assistance more than once a year, if that often. Occasionally, this is the only time these individuals will see profession medical help. 

LCMS Medical Mercy Teams travel to countries around the world where little medical help is available. They see hundreds of people every day for a week, often for easily treated illness. And often the patients they see will have waited for a couple weeks in advance of the teams arrival to their area. 

nullYour mites will provide nursing students the opportunity to travel with a Medical Mercy Team to another country. and connect with people in way they might never be able to otherwise.

Continue to pray for all the mission grants. On Giving Tuesday your donation will be matched. Your support is needed. Please donate your offering at www.lwml.org/givingtuesday.

Training Lutheran Middle Eastern Missionaries

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LWML Mission Grant #11

Another Terrorist Converted to Christ

Wow! That caption, found in the Biblical Orthodox Lutheran Mission’s (BOLM) October newsletter, grabbed my attention. The heart of that article was the miraculous conversion of a former member of ISIS. The miracle of non-believers coming to faith in Jesus Christ is a regular occurrence because the Holy Spirit inspires men and women across the world to pray and donate to LWML Mission Grants, enabling organizations like BOLM to expand their ministry and reach more people with the message of salvation through Christ.                               

nullRev. George Naeem, Executive Director of BOLM stated, “May the Lord continue to bless LWML and all the leaders and ladies who are working faithfully to spread the Gospel and bring many lost to His Kingdom.

The grants of LWML make a big difference for the missionary work of BOLM, so thousands can convert to Christ every year.”

Rev. Naeem will be happy to email you their monthly newsletter. Contact him at gnaeem@comcast.net or BOLM’s website at bolmmission.org.

I take great comfort in knowing it is not my responsibility to convert the non-Christian. That great power is carried by our Triune God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But I am humbled and honored that God allows me to be His missionary as I donate to these grants. Join me in sharing His story through LWML Mission Grants!

Continue to pray for all the mission grants. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday, November 27, you may donate toward the 2017–2019 LWML Mission Goal by using LWML Facebook, or at this website, lwml.org/givingtuesday. Your donation will be doubled on that day, thanks to the commitment of two generous donors.

In His service, filled with His joy,

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Prison and Jail Ministry Synod-wide Conference

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nullStrategic Plan Facilitator Carol von Soosten, President Patti Ross, and Junior Pastoral Counselor Mitch Schuessler

LWML Mission Grant #20

Humbling is my word to summarize the LCMS 2018 Prison and Jail Ministry Conference. 

Your generous Mite Box offerings financed this conference where dedicated pastors and lay people involved in prison and jail ministry came together to share experiences, learn from motivating speakers, and receive guidelines and resources.

I learned these servants of the Lord sometimes risk their lives, face lawsuits, work long hours, and drive long distances as they deliver the Gospel to people desperate to hear that Jesus loves and forgives. In the face of their dedication to those in our penal system, I gave thanks for the faithful support from our LWML family of brothers and sisters in Christ. Many of us may not ever step foot into a jail or prison, but we are lifting up the hands of the workers who brave this challenging mission and ministry.

Then the righteous will answer him, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?” And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:37-40).

Continue to pray for all the mission grants. On Giving Tuesday your donation will be matched. Your support is needed. Please donate your offering at www.lwml.org/givingtuesday.


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