eNews Issue #283 — March 24, 2020
Women’s Witness and Mercy Asia — Another Grant Paid!
LWML Iowa West District President Jane Morris, Mission Central Director Gary Thies, LWML Iowa District West Junior Counselor Rev. Merle Mahnken, LWML Senior Pastoral Counselor Rev. Mitchel Schuessler
On a sunny and beautiful Friday, March 6, 2020, another LWML mission grant was paid in full! The LWML Mission Grant #12, “Women’s Witness and Mercy Asia — Mission Central” $100,000 check was hand-delivered to Mission Central Director Gary Thies. Presenters were LWML Senior Pastoral Counselor Rev. Mitchel Schuessler, LWML Iowa West District (IWD) President Jane Morris, and LWML IWD Junior Pastoral Counselor Rev. Merle Mahnken.
Gary Thies was extremely grateful for this wonderful gift, and would like to inform everyone that these funds will be given to support 10 women missionaries throughout the Asian mission field spreading and teaching the Gospel.
Hannah Shull – Taiwan
Noel and Andrew Schaff – Taiwan
Carol Halter – Hong Kong/China
Aimee Cima – Cambodia
Debi and Tom Going – Japan
DeeDee and Matt Wasmund – Korea
Julia Lutz – Papua New Guinea
Melinda Thews – Taiwan
Maggie and Steve Oliver – Taiwan
Irene and Michael Paul – Taiwan
LWML mission grants are paid because God’s people are sharing their blessings. To God be the Glory!
Marlys Taege Moberg Celebrates in Heaven
Marlys Taege Moberg, well-known LWML author, passed into the arms of Jesus on March 18, 2020. Mentor, friend, encourager, author, missionary, speaker, leader — those who knew Marlys were blessed through her numerous God-given gifts and talents. This tribute was written by one of her mentees, Carolyn Blum.
Marlys contributed a lifetime of devoted service to the Lord in dozens of organizations, and especially through her work in the LWML. For 11 years, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly and then as its Bible study editor for another four years. She was the LWML’s very first public relations director and served as president of the LWML South Wisconsin District. Marlys authored several LWML books, two on the organization’s history (Women IN God’s Service (WINGS) and Women In League With the Lord), plus two mission grant books (God Gave the Increase and Wherever God Sends Us), as well as dozens of devotions, articles, and Bible studies.
An early advocate of inclusiveness, Marlys, during her term as LWML South Wisconsin District President, inspired the establishment of the very first Hmong LWML local group and provided opportunities for young women to serve. Marlys said she often prayed for the Lord to use her, because being free in Christ meant she was free to serve, as Jesus’ righteousness covered her sins.
While her list of accomplishments is long (click here to read her obituary), several personality traits stood out. She had insight to recognize talents in women as they served the Lord, gently teaching and mentoring them. Marlys encouraged all who worked with her, taking time to listen and expressing confidence in their abilities to lead. She inspired co-workers to do their best and to serve the Lord with gladness, often cheerfully saying “nifty!” when a job was well done.
One way to honor the memory of a loved one is to take their best qualities and incorporate them into your own life. So Marlys, we will miss you, but it’s “nifty” that you are now living with Jesus. With God’s help, we will do our best to exhibit your missionary-heart qualities of kindness and encouragement in our own lives. Rest in peace.
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Lutheran Women in Mission — The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is an official auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman's relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries, and to support global missions.
The LWML is the leading group for LCMS women where each woman is welcomed and encouraged to use her unique God-given gifts as she supports global missions and serves the Lord with gladness.
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