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Equipped for Service

Now may the God of peace equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen (Hebrews 13:20–21 NIV).


How many times have you heard that saying, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called”? Nowhere does that hold more true than in the positions held in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML).

What is God calling you to do? Have you served your district in a position and feel God’s nudge to carry that service to the national level? If so, please go to the LWML website and review the duties of the various committees to see where your talents and interests fit. For information on the responsibilities of each committee go to the LWML website and click on Service > Get Involved > Officer and Committee Guidelines, or click here.

If you sense the Spirit’s encouragement, please complete the LWML Personnel Form online, under Service > Get Involved. You may also download and print out the pdf document and mail it in. All forms are welcome and will be considered.

The Executive Committee (EC) of the LWML will meet August 15-19, 2017, to make appointments to committees, so send your form in soon! We ask for your prayers as God directs this process of choosing committees and your continued prayer support as we enter this next two years ready to Engage, Encourage, Equip, and Enjoy!


A picture is worth a thousand words.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Heart to Heart Sisters and District Leaders attended the pre-convention training program for multicultural women at the 37th Biennial LWML Convention, Albuquerque, NM to better equip them to serve the church, and witness to the world. 

Let every race and every language tell of Him who saves our lives from death and hell. (Lift High the Cross, LSB 837, v5)

Heart to Heart Sisters

A record 81 young women attended the convention in the YWR Program where they were encouraged to grow in relationships as sisters in Christ, and to be active participates in their LWML Districts.

Young Woman Representatives 

As you make plans for the 2018 District Conventions, please include time with your multicultural sisters, young women, and church workers. Email for planning ideas.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.


Freely Given

We, as Lutheran Women in Mission, serve the Lord and give our mite offerings for missions. We do this with gladness but we do like to be appreciated and recognized for our gifts and services. When my grandson, Layne, was 3 years old (he is now 14 and taller than me) he taught me a valuable lesson on giving freely to the Lord. This little boy wanted to give his offering anonymously.

Each Sunday in church, Layne would ask for an envelope into which he would put his offering. He would take a pencil, carefully write his name on the envelope, insert his money, and seal it shut. One Sunday, he asked for the envelope and put his money inside. The usher was bringing the offering plate and I whispered to Layne that he needed to hurry and write his name. He simply replied, “No Grandma, today I’m going to give it free.” My 3-year-old grandson didn’t want credit for his gift. He just wanted to give it to Jesus.

God sent Jesus to die on a cross, saving us from sin, death, and the power of the devil. He did this freely. Because of His great gift of redemption, we take joy in giving our mite offerings freely also, so that Jesus’ love will be shared with others. You can give to mites right here so that all people may hear of His love and mercy.

In His service, filled with His joy,


Family Celebration Time

nullSummer is well under way! Families are getting together for picnics, BBQs, reunions and fun in the sunshine.

Lutheran Women in Mission will have a big family gathering next week at the 37th Biennial Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 22-25, 2017.  While some may not be able to attend the convention, everyone can join in the celebration by watching via livestreaming throughout the convention.

You will want to watch on Saturday, June 24, for the Diamond Dazzle, which starts at 7:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) with a parade. There is still time to put together a "Watch Party" in your home or at church. Invite your Bible study, Sunday School or small group to join you. Need some ideas for the party?  Click here for great ways to have fun from your corner of LWML country. Share your ideas on your district and LWML Facebook page.

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


So you can’t attend the convention …

So you can’t attend the convention in Albuquerque on June 22–25, 2017?

Even though you may not attend in person, you can still be part of this exciting convention from the comfort of your very own home. LWML will be livestreaming convention sessions so you can still participate in the convention’s Bible study, hear the grateful and enlightening mission grants speakers, and be on hand when the new biennium’s mission goal and mission grants are announced.

In addition, via Livestream, you’ll be able to celebrate LWML’s 75th anniversary and be on hand when LWML’s exciting new look is revealed.

Even though miles apart, we can celebrate the One who has made us new through His sacrifice on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. The One whose name is above all names — Jesus Christ!

You can even send in a mission offering by clicking the following link, or by sending it to your district treasurer or the LWML office.

Let’s attend convention together!


Bible Studies for Convention and Home

I’m very excited about the Bible studies being offered at our 37th Biennial Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 22–25! I’ve recently seen the convention Bible study to be led by Deaconess Betty Knapp. Everyone can participate in this. If you are not attending the convention it will be livestreamed for you to enjoy at home.

There are several “Wake Up With the Word” Bible studies offered on Friday and Saturday mornings before the convention sessions begin from 6:45–7:45. No prior registration is required; just grab your breakfast or coffee from a convention center concession and choose your study from the following.


1. An LWML Bible Study, led by Jan Brunette. "The Wondrous Cross"

2. A Spanish LWML Bible Study, led by Marilyn McClure. "¡Dios No Cambia!"

3. A CPH-sponsored Bible Study, led by Deb Burma. "Sip, Savor, and Drink Deeply: Receive God's Overflowing Gifts"


1. An LWML Bible Study, led by Janice Wendorf. “God Above All Gods”

2. A Bible Study led by the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces Chaplain Craig Muehler and Chaplain Steven Hokana. “Jesus Christ, our Refuge and Strength Above All”

3. A CPH-sponsored Bible Study, led by Donna Pyle. “Living Forgiven”

In the LWML store you can purchase our new “Balance” series Bible studies. You can meet Donna Pyle, author of our new DVD Bible Study, “Peter … from Fisherman to Fisher of Men”. Visit the LWML Christian Life exhibit and find more Bible studies and devotions written to fit your needs for personal or group studies.

LWML—Lutheran Women in Mission have always taken their mission inspiration from Scripture. That is one part of our 75 years of history that will remain the same.


Fun for the Whole Family


Do you look forward to LWML Conventions as a big reunion and an opportunity to re-connect with sisters in Christ from around the country or as a family-friendly vacation opportunity?

If you haven’t thought about the vacation angle, check out the following events which are scheduled to take place before, during, and after the 37th Biennial LWML Convention in Albuquerque, June 22–25, 2017:

  • Fourth Tee Up 4 Mites will be taking place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, beginning at 8 a.m., at the Arroyo del Oso Golf Course in Albuquerque. Teens welcome! Proceeds raised during this event will be given to the 2017–2019 Mission Goal.
  • Servant Connections where men, women, and children 14 years of age and older are encouraged to help assemble items for Lutheran World Relief, work on Braille books, mark Bibles, and more.
  • The Mission In Motion/Mission Pledge Walk, Friday afternoon, June 23, from 5–6 p.m. prior to the dinner hour. This is a great opportunity to take in the scenery of Albuquerque with your family while raising money for missions.
  • Camp Insta Friends (Child/Youth Activities) for children 6 months through high school-aged youth. Trips to local attractions like Roadrunner Food Bank, Albuquerque BioPark, and Hinkle Family Fun Center will provide servant event and entertainment opportunities.
  • Pre- and post-convention tours: Come early or stay late to experience Albuquerque and other areas of New Mexico! From hot air balloon rides to tours of local pueblos, check out the details at

Come see the land of enchantment, celebrate LWML’s 75th Anniversary, and praise “Jesus Christ Above All!”



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