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Lutheran Teens on a Mission

Lutheran Teens on a Mission — A Reflection of Jesus’ Love in Action

nullNicole Baker (14) and Grace Steffens (14) were so moved by the work they are doing at Courage House that they decided to do something about it. They attended the LWML Christmas party at First Lutheran Church of Manhattan Beach and asked to speak to a fellowship hall full of women. The Holy Spirit was truly at work that night for after their presentation the girls were given a check for $1000, to donate to Courage Worldwide. 

I am attaching a gratitude letter that speaks volumes of the work they are doing with these young ladies who are choosing life for their babies. 

These girls, worlds apart from one another, are meshed together through these stories of hope: hope and love in Jesus. May we continue to encourage young ladies to "consecrate to our Savior our hands to work for Him, our feet to go on His errands, our voice to sing His praises, our lips to proclaim His redeeming love, our silver and our gold to extend His Kingdom, our will to do His will, and every power of our life to the great task of bringing the lost and the erring into eternal fellowship with Him"

Courage Worldwide
January 28, 2019

CHANGING THE WORLD ONE INDIVIDUAL AT A TIME

Dear Mary,

Without you, the vulnerable population we serve would not have received the life changing resources we were able to provide since we are 100% dependent upon donors just like you. As a donor myself, I want to know that my financial giving is making tangible, life changing differences. Therefore, along with your giving receipt I wanted to describe ways your giving made an impact this year here in the U.S.

“Because of you I have my baby back!” exclaimed one of our young residents at Courage House here in the U.S. After leaving Courage House as a teen, she fell prey to the promises of a man who only meant to exploit her. She became pregnant and after the baby was born he kidnapped the child after severely beating her. He was a drug addict and a trafficker. She was frantic and feared for the safety of her baby. She called the police where they arranged a sting operation to rescue her child and arrest him.

Thankfully, this is exactly what happened but child protective services were called and a case opened saying she as a mom failed to protect her child. She vowed to do whatever it took to get her baby back and in doing that she knew she had to make better choices for herself and her child. One of those courageous choices was calling us. Because of you and your giving we could say YES when she called. Yes, we will have a home, a bed and a place for you and your son! Yes, we will equip, encourage and empower you on this journey as you are making healthy choices for you and your child (whom we have all fallen madly in love with)! Your giving has provided a home, groceries, transportation, childcare fees, therapy, mentoring as well as much love and support for this young mom. We are so thrilled to report that next week because of the incredible progress she has made, child protective services is closing her case. This young woman now has a full time job and is beginning the high school courses required for her to get a diploma, all the while being a full time single mom! We are so very proud of her and she is so grateful to you. We have the privilege of being a part of her daily life – seeing with our own eyes the progress she is making – but we wanted to pass along her gratitude to you for making it possible to get her son back. She has articulated repeatedly that she would have never been able to make the changes she needed in her own life without the resources “Courage” has provided — you have provided. I wish you could see the beautiful face of her now toddler when he sees his mom walk into the room! You gave this mom her son and this child his mom. Thank you!

That is just one life changing story that you have made possible with your giving … there are so many more.

God is with us. As we love and care for the most broken of children, we feel God’s presence and His pleasure so powerfully at Courage House. Children, who would otherwise be dead, or living in the most desperate of situations if they hadn’t come to Courage, now have had their childhoods restored! We are convinced God handpicks each and every girl (and their children). He has incredible plans for them as they walk through their healing journey, getting a good education, excellent trauma therapy, job training and more to prepare them for that destiny. These young girls are choosing life, for themselves and for their children.

This is what your giving did this year … it changed lives and it literally saved lives. Thank you … thank you. We ask for your prayers, that with continued support we will keep building them homes and calling them family.

Many blessings,
Jenny Williamson, Founder/CEO Courage Worldwide, Inc.

Submitted by
First Lutheran Church
Manhattan Beach
Pacific Southwest District


Paint the Planet Purple – What does this mean?

Paint the Planet Purple with Servanthood

The official colors of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League are purple and gold. Purple, symbolizes royalty, and gold symbolizes value and integrity. The vision of the LWML is to recognize that each woman is welcomed and encouraged to use her unique God given gifts as she supports global mission and serves the Lord with gladness.

When you use your gifts to serve God, “Jesus’ love in action,” you are spreading the word of Christ around the world. You are painting the planet purple!

We would like you to share with us where, what, when, and how you have shared “Jesus’ love in action.” The Gospel Outreach Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you.

Purses and Verses

Purses and Verses: A Reflection of Jesus’ Love in Action

On Saturday, November 17, 2018 the LWML ladies at Peace in Christ, Walkersville, Maryland, planned a Purses and Verses Brunch.  Each woman was asked to bring a “gently” used purse.  Notions and goodies like Chapstick, tissues, deodorant, gum and other personal items, were donated by members in the congregation.  An appropriate Bible verse and New Testament Bible were placed in each purse. The purses were then stuffed by those in attendance and given to Faith House for distribution to women who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances.

Faith House, located in Frederick, Maryland, provides a loving Christ centered place for homeless women and children.  Each woman embarks on her own personal 90-day journey to discover her purpose and to find healing and hope.  In follow up, we learned that our purses have been joyfully received and have filled a need that had gone unnoticed. Faith House was a recipient of a $5,000 Mission Grant provided by the LWML Chesapeake District.

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go
(Joshua 1:9).

Submitted by Michelle Baugham
LWML Chesapeake District VP Communications
LWML Potomac Zone Chair

Quilts: A Reflection of Jesus’ Love in Action

Pacific Southwest District Sage and Sand Zone 20 Fall Celebration

Go home and tell them how much the Lord has done for you
and how he has had mercy on you (Mark 5:19).

Some of the highlights of the Sage and Sand Zone Fall Celebration this year were collections of quilts for Lutheran World Relief as well as clothing items for Orphan Grain Train. The “Prayers for Squares” quilting group at Grace Lutheran Church in Lancaster, California started in 2007. The number of quilts completed has skyrocketed to 340! Anyone may request a quilt for a sick friend or family member. What a special blessing to those who are suffering.

As if the quilts for the sick and ailing aren’t enough, this group also makes quilts for Lutheran World Relief. This year alone, the number of quilts totaled 106. They also make dresses and shorts for Orphan Grain Train – to the tune of 240 dresses and 256 pairs of shorts!

An ingathering was held for a local shelter for victims of domestic violence. Donations consisted of pillows, pillow cases, baby blankets, children’s books, toys, and games.

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Submitted by Dorothy Bromaghim
Pacific Southwest District

Service Projects with Thrivent Action Team Grants

West Tennessee Zone Rally Service Projects

Faith Lutheran Church in Collierville, Tennessee hosted the Mid-South District West Tennessee Zone fall rally on Saturday, October 20, 2018. After our business meeting and opening devotion, we focused on our service projects. Using Thrivent Action Team grants, we bought and collected materials for four service projects:

  1. Fleece blankets for Lutheran World Relief.
     
  2. 150 school supply kit backpacks for the Lutheran World Relief Care-A-Van.
     
  3. Soup in a jar, with ingredients to make homemade soup. These jars were sent home with each congregation to be given to shut-ins, new moms or other homebound people.
     
  4. Scripture tag booklets for inspiration and encouragement.

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Paint the Planet Purple – What does this mean?

Paint the Planet Purple with Servanthood

The official colors of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League are purple and gold. Purple, symbolizes royalty, and gold symbolizes value and integrity. The vision of the LWML is to recognize that each woman is welcomed and encouraged to use her unique God given gifts as she supports global mission and serves the Lord with gladness.

When you use your gifts to serve God, “Jesus’ love in action,” you are spreading the word of Christ around the world. You are painting the planet purple!

We would like you to share with us where, what, when, and how you have shared “Jesus’ love in action.” The Gospel Outreach Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you.

Getting out of the Pew

nullDale and Deb Schmidt, members at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carroll, saw a note from IOWAY that offered ways for people to get involved in helping others.  Deb “got out of the pew” and called me.  To my surprise, she said, “Dale and I are going to West Virginia. We can deliver a load of school supplies for you.  On our bucket list to visit all 50 states, we have Delaware and West Virginia left to visit.”

 
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Wow! What an answer to prayer! I was considering not collecting school supplies this year for West Virginia because of the high postage cost.  After working out the details with Pastor Richard Lohmeyer, pastor at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Alderson, I put out the word that school supplies and backpacks were being collected.  In a few short weeks, with help of a large donation of items from the Orphan Grain Train in Ida Grove, the following items were collected: 76 filled backpacks, 23 empty backpacks, 312 pocket folders, 57 boxes of crayons, 6 boxes colored pencils, 10 boxes markers, 17 packs loose-leaf paper, 51 glue sticks, 87 spiral notebooks, 13 scissors, 37 rulers, 805 pencils, 49 black Sharpies, 153 pens, 6 highlighters, 49 erasers, 1 tablet, 1 ream of elementary writing paper, 21 packs of stickers, 9 coloring/activity books, 11 pencil sharpeners and 46 bottles of glue. After Dale and Deb loaded their vehicle they had just enough space for their three suitcases! (Pictured is Dale Schmidt)

They delivered the precious cargo to Pastor Lohmeyer who is planting a church in West Virginia, a state with only four LCMS churches.  Pastor Lohmeyer invites the community to an event where the congregation serves snacks, blesses the backpacks, and prays.  The parents fill out an informational sheet and this serves as a great way for Pastor Lohmeyer to reach out into the community.  He also works with the local school and helps supply items as needs arise.  He shared his thanks in the following letter.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ in Iowa West,

Greetings in the name of Jesus!

Words cannot begin to express how I felt after receiving the wonderful shipment of school supplies from the good people of Iowa West.  When we had finished packing my pickup, it was literally full!  There was everything needed to help the needy children of our community begin the first day of school lacking nothing in terms of school supplies!

nullPastor Richard Lohmeyer and Deb Schmidt

As St. Paul so often says in his letters to the early church: "I thank God for all of you!"  The love you have for Christ Jesus is so obvious in your great effort to help the needy children of southern West Virginia.  Many of the children in our community come from homes that are well below the poverty level.   Often drugs have destroyed their family life with their parents using their funds to feed their habits.  Without generous contributions from concerned and providing people like you, their future is not one of hope but rather embarrassment and failure. 

Our mission at Christ Our Savior Lutheran is to provide hope, build relationships, and through this effort share the Gospel of God's love and forgiveness.  We as a congregation are honored that you have chosen to join us in this outreach effort.  We thank you and pray for you.  We ask that you continue to keep us in your prayers as well.         

May God bless and keep!
Rev. Dr. Richard Lohmeyer
Christ Our Savior Lutheran
Alderson, West Virginia

Submitted by Ellie Menz, IOWAY Director


Paint the Planet Purple – What does this mean?

Paint the Planet Purple with Servanthood

The official colors of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League are purple and gold. Purple symbolizes royalty, and gold symbolizes value and integrity. The vision of the LWML is to recognize that each woman is welcomed and encouraged to use her unique God given gifts as she supports global mission and serves the Lord with gladness. When you use your gifts to serve God, “Jesus’ love in action,” you are spreading the word of Christ around the world. You are painting the planet purple!

We would like you to share with us where, what, when, and how you have shared “Jesus’ love in action.” The Gospel Outreach Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you.

Coffee – It’s what Lutherans do!

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Concordia Lutheran Church members, Teri Miller and Jane Hillhouse showing off the 45 pounds of coffee collected for the Shades of Grace ministry.

During the month of February, members of Concordia Lutheran Church in Kingsport, Tennessee were challenged to bring in coffee to be donated to a local homeless ministry named Shades of Grace. The project was titled “Grounds for Grace” – in a literal sense (coffee grounds) and a figurative sense (God’s grace comes only through His abounding love). A contest was held to see who could bring the most coffee with a reward of a $25 gift card to a local coffee shop. A whopping 45 pounds of coffee was collected! The Shades of Grace ministry was very appreciative and posted a very nice thank-you on their Facebook page.


Paint the Planet Purple – What does this mean?

Paint the Planet Purple with Servanthood

The official colors of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League are purple and gold. Purple, symbolizes royalty, and gold symbolizes value and integrity. The vision of the LWML is to recognize that each woman is welcomed and encouraged to use her unique God given gifts as she supports global mission and serves the Lord with gladness. When you use your gifts to serve God, “Jesus’ love in action,” you are spreading the word of Christ around the world. You are painting the planet purple!

We would like you to share with us where, what, when, and how you have shared “Jesus’ love in action.” The Gospel Outreach Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you.

Bundles of Joy

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Christ Lutheran LWML, has fun putting these little "Bundles of Joy" together for new mothers, and they deliver them to the local pregnancy center and the medical centers in Yuma, AZ. These new "moms" have very little or nothing at all for their new baby.

One couple that was traveling through Yuma, had their twins come early. They were not prepared for the early delivery.  Through tears, they spoke with JOY of how someone who they did not know would be so kind and loving." They were SO thankful when given TWO Bundles of Joy. They now had an outfit to put on each of their babies and other necessities to care for them, as they continued their travel.

Bundle of Joy: newborn diapers, baby products, toy, NB outfit, hat, socks, Bible, Mustard Seeds: Love, Laughter and Lullabies for New Mothers, and baby blanket.


Paint the Planet Purple – What does this mean?

Paint the Planet Purple with Servanthood

The official colors of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League are purple and gold. Purple, symbolizes royalty, and gold symbolizes value and integrity. The vision of the LWML is to recognize that each woman is welcomed and encouraged to use her unique God given gifts as she supports global mission and serves the Lord with gladness. When you use your gifts to serve God, “Jesus’ love in action,” you are spreading the word of Christ around the world. You are painting the planet purple!

We would like you to share with us where, what, when, and how you have shared “Jesus’ love in action.” The Gospel Outreach Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you.

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