eNews Issue #284 — April 3, 2020
Mission Grant Update
All thanks and praise to God who leads us to support LWML mission grants in prayer and with our mite offerings! As of March 30, $856,400 has been paid to support our ministry partners for the 2019–2021 biennium. Since the beginning of 2020, over $491,000 has been paid for the following mission grants:
#1 Water and the Word for Rural Schools in Kenya — Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kenya
#3 Mission Outreach for At-Risk Young Women in Africa — Lutheran Hour Ministries
#6 Mobile Medical Mercy Mission Bus for Guatemala — Lutheran Church of Guatemala and Child Beyond International
#10 Ministry in Motion — Trinity Lutheran Church, Mobile, Alabama
#12 Women’s Witness and Mercy Asia — Mission Central
#20 Music Outreach, Classes, and Resources on the Border — Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care, El Paso, Texas
Refer often to the LWML website for more updates and stories from the mission field.
A Message about COVID-19 from the LWML BOD
The Board of Directors (BOD) of the LWML continues to give the seriousness of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) due consideration. Read the full article on our website and refer back for updates.
As LWML district conventions are postponed or canceled, the information is updated on our website under News & Events. Refer to the website for updates and encouragement as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Kristen O’Shea Talks about LWML on KFUO
Kristen Brunkow O’Shea, member of the LWML Committee on Young Women, spoke with host Rev. Marcus Zill on KFUO’s broadcast of The Student Union on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. She shared how she transitioned from LCMSU, the Missouri Synod’s campus ministry, to the LWML. LCMSU provides a place where college students can find a piece of home and fellowship with their peers in Christ while away at college, and Kristen shares how she now finds that fellowship with sisters in Christ through LWML. Kristen tells of her journey becoming part of Lutheran Women in Mission and encourages other young women to get involved. Her enthusiasm about LWML activities and resources will encourage college students to learn more about the LWML! Listen to the entire interview here.
New Podcast Series
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the crazy life we are living? LWML On The Go Podcasts are currently featuring a Bible study series titled A Task-Filled Life by Jan Brunette. Coming in the next few weeks are podcasts to help us deal with excuses and delays. This Bible study gives encouragement as we learn of the hope that comes only through our Lord. Tune in anytime that fits your schedule, and join host Rebecca Futty as she leads us through A Task-Filled Life beginning April 15. You may want to listen to them on your smartphone through the LWML app or on the website by clicking here.
God's Grace for This Generation
LWML grant monies to LAMP (Lutheran Association of Missionary Pilots) Ministry, Inc., for its cross-cultural ministry in remote areas of northern Canada, were received in December 2019. What a blessing!
LAMP’s volunteer missionary of 18 years, Pam Heiden, shares one illustration of how the love of Jesus is being shared in the North.
“On the last day of our Vacation Bible School (VBS), we were informed that Sophia’s * (name changed) 20-year-old son was missing in the lake. We immediately went to the lake. Our friend asked me to pray, so we formed a circle and prayed for results with all who were waiting. Word was received the day after our departure from the community that their son was found. God opened the door of peace for Sophia and her family.”
Staff missionary, Pastor Randy Heide, is transitioning into his new role with LAMP alongside Pastor Dennis Ouellette, who retired in February of 2020. Time was spent handing the mantle over as Pastor Heide was introduced to both the communities he will serve and the volunteer-sending congregations that will serve alongside him. Pastors Heide and Ouellette also prepared for the upcoming VBS’s by visiting local Christians and key leaders in some of the remote Ontario communities together.
LAMP’s staff and volunteer missionaries truly appreciate the prayers and financial support of the LWML who, led by the Spirit, have generously given to impact lives with the love of Christ.
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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