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Christ on Campus

In-person classes begin this week on the campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln (UNL), where LWML mite donations fully funded Mission Grant #14 “Hope and Healing Hub Downtown Lincoln – University Lutheran Chapel, Lincoln, Nebraska,” so that renovations could be made. The Chapel is now home to a counseling center, Concordia University Seward’s graduate courses, a worship center, and a place to fellowship and develop connections with the community and university students.

The facility has also been used for church-related events: an LWML zone rally, church retreats, Concordia University retreats, campus prayer meetings, and meetings for UNL pastors. “It's extremely rewarding to see people of all backgrounds flow in and out and know that they are receiving Jesus through this space,” said Rev. Rich Boring, grant administrator. We join him in thanking God for this mission opportunity! Read more here.

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20).

Eden Keefe

God's Majesty and Power

One of the privileges of being in northwest Oregon is living in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. God’s amazing creation takes my breath away no matter how many times I’m blessed to visit. The crashing waves never stop pounding the shore, and watching them gives me a feeling of both astonishing strength and calm. The sound of the waves heightens my sense of majesty when I gaze out at the water.

“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10). The ocean doesn’t stop moving, and God doesn’t stop working. His grace covers us and provides our needs. No matter what we’re facing in life, He’s in control, just as He is with the waves that roll in and out.

and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good (Genesis 1:10b). Thanks be to God for His creation! May I never stop marveling at His ocean. Click here to read a Mustard Seed Devotion, God’s Blueprint.

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Prayer

Rev. Mitchel Schuessler, Sr. LWML Pastoral Counselor, shares these prayers and asks you to pray with us:

Almighty heavenly Father, we give thanks to You that You care for the world each and every day. You never turn Your back upon us no matter how far we stray from Your way.

Today we come to You in humility, asking You to be with our nation in all the struggles which it is having. The unrest within our cities cause us concern. People’s lives are hurt, even to the point of death. Property has been damaged. Our hearts are not filled with Your love and care for one another. Forgive us our sin of not loving one another. We pray that Your Holy Spirit would help each one of us to see the importance of each and every individual that You have created. Help us to care for the needs of one another; the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Remind us that we are to show Your love to one another. Please bring peace and unity to our struggling nation.

The struggles deepen as we deal with this pandemic. We pray that You would help each one of us to understand and care for each other. Help us to accept each other and the decisions that we make instead of judging each other and condemning one another.

Dear Lord, we pray for an end to this pandemic. We pray for those who are ill with the Coronavirus. Give to them healing in a timely fashion. We pray for our communities that they might continue to rebuild in order to grow and flourish. We pray for our nation, that there may be unity and peace, as only You can give.

We ask this all for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Sweeter Than Honey

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103).

This week we celebrate National S’mores Day. Sticky and gooey, and loaded with sugar and carbs; they are nothing short of delicious. However, God’s Word is sweeter. We are able to survive without s’mores in our lives, but we need the sweet words of Christ’s grace to live eternally.

All LWML Mission Grants strive to share the sweetness of the Gospel. God’s words tell how our heavenly Father sent His Son to redeem us from the darkness of sin and how, through the Holy Spirit, we are brought to faith. Learn more about the LWML Mission Grants under the Missions tab and please consider contributing to support a message sweeter than honey.

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What Better Time …

This is a challenging and difficult time. But we are Lutheran Women in Mission and we know how to respond. Our vision statement says, “each woman is welcomed and encouraged to use her unique God-given gifts as she supports global missions and serves the Lord with gladness.”

What better time to be wholeheartedly supporting our mission grants than now? We are spreading the Gospel to those who have never heard. Look at the photos of each of our mission grants. Look at the joy on the faces of those who hear of the love and salvation of Jesus.

With many of us not having group meetings, rallies, or conventions, we might forget about mite offerings and the power of a penny. Remember Jesus’ last words in Matthew: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Check out the LWML Mission Grants to see how your mites spread the Gospel.

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Finding New Ways to Do Traditional Things

Necessity is the mother of invention — or so the saying goes. As LWML faces the reality that in-person gatherings cannot happen like they have in the past, many new, virtual, and contemporary ways have been found to bring us together to share Christ’s love.

Recently the LWML Atlantic District, an area hit hard by COVID-19, did not let “stay at home” orders dampen their desire to gather with their young women. They held a virtual event which included prayer, a scavenger hunt, celebrating the funding of the district’s mission grant goal, and a speaker who joined from her home in Illinois.

Finding new ways to gather gives us opportunities to include friends who might not attend a “meeting,” but will take an hour to gather online. If you are missing your church and LWML friends, set up a video conference. Enjoy one of our wonderful LWML devotions, sip a cup of coffee from your favorite mug, and reacquaint yourself with these special friends as you each celebrate being a Lutheran Woman in Mission.

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Summertime!

It is the middle of summer and I hope you are enjoying it! When I think of summer, I think of sunshine. Then, it leads me to think of the Sonshine! Isn’t it wonderful to know that our Jesus, the Son of God, brings us from darkness into light!

In thinking of the Sonshine and summer, look at the resources LWML has for the summertime theme. There are devotions and mission service activities, so you can keep on remembering the Son and His people while enjoying the summer.

Enjoy your summer in the Sonshine!

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Marie Chow

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