More than five boxes of books, magazines, crossword and word search puzzles, and toiletry items were donated to Lutheran Senior Services through a Gifts from the Heart ingathering at the October Interdepartmental Meeting.
Mission Servants Activity of the Month
Hope for the Holidays: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering (Hebrews 13:2–3).
Christmas should be a time of joyful celebration with family and friends. Yet, for millions of refugees and migrants, forced to flee their homelands in search of safety and protection, the joy announced by the birth of our Savior this Christmas will seem very far away. This winter, bring joy and hope to our brothers and sisters isolated in immigration detention through writing and decorating holiday cards in English and Spanish.
Step 1: Copy the messages of encouragement translated into Spanish, or write your own Spanish greetings. Draw a picture or write your favorite Bible verse to personalize the card.
Step 2: Please do not put cards in individual envelopes. Instead, place all the cards in a few large manila envelopes addressed to the LIRS office (LIRS 700 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230).
Step 3: LIRS will help deliver the messages of hope to the mothers and children detained in family immigration detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania.
The Mission Servants Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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Caring for the Needy
Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. (Psalm 41:1, NIV)
One of the most common excuses for not giving to the needy is: ‘I had to work hard for what I’ve got; so should they.’ True, the Bible teaches that if you’re not willing to work you’re not entitled to support (2 Thessalonians 3:1). But did you know: 1) Six million children under five die every year of starvation? 2) One out of seven people goes to bed hungry every night? 3) The three richest people on the planet have more collective wealth than the combined gross national product of the world’s forty-eight poorest countries? General Booth, who founded the Salvation Army, said, ‘How can you convince a man of the love of God if his feet are perishing with the cold?’ If your prayers aren’t being answered, here’s something to consider. The Israelites fasted and prayed, then complained that God wasn’t answering their prayers. That’s when He told them: ‘This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice … get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts … I’m interested in seeing you … sharing your food with the hungry … putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage. Then, when you pray, God will answer. You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, “Here I am”’ (Isaiah 58:6-9, MSG). When you care for the needy, the Lord promises to ‘deliver [you] in times of trouble’ (Psalm 41:1, NIV) — and you can take that to the bank.
Heavenly Father, help me to live simply so others can simply live. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
The above devotion was written/compiled from multiple sources by Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities, November 16, 2015.
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Serving you and our Lord with gladness.
— Mission Servant Committee