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Lutheran Hour Ministries received an LWML check for the mission grant you selected at the LWML Albuquerque Convention in 2017.  I had the wonderful opportunity to attend their weekly chapel service and present the $100,000.00 paid-in-full monies for the mass-media proclamation of the Gospel in Egypt and North Africa.

2019 Convention logo: Purple world with gold cross and red heart stretching out around the world centered on the cross, with the inner point of the heart starting in the convention site of Mobile, Alabama.

Now, at district conventions, each district is selecting their new mission grants for the 2018–2020 biennium. Often, we mention large amounts of money for different projects selected. Think of the two million-seventy-five-thousand dollars we have pledged to give by the time we meet in Mobile, Alabama, for the 38th Biennial LWML Convention, June 20–23, 2019.

Awesome amounts to consider, but more than awesome is God working through us to make His Word a reality in the lives of so many who need to know Jesus as their Savior. We don’t just put our monies in a small box as an obligation because we are members. We are workers in His harvest fields as we pledge to Him “our willing service wherever and whenever He has need of us.” 

Review the LWML Mission Grants and the LWML Mission Grants Videos under the MISSIONS tab. Under the same tab see how Your Mite Offerings Have Made an Impact. Share this news with other Women in Mission and rejoice that God is blessing our work with the spreading of His Word.

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Summer SONshine – It's Here!

I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not stay in darkness (John 12:46).

June is the month often considered the beginning of Summer activities. School is out, and camp is just around the corner. Reunions are planned and friends are gathering around a BBQ grill. And, of course LWML district conventions are at a peak.

Who shared with you about Lutheran Women In Mission? Was there a special person who mentored you as you learned more about the work of this organization that focuses on God's Word and His Mission? Take a moment and offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the person who introduced you to LWML. If that person is still this side of heaven, perhaps you could take it one step further and send a handwritten note, an email, or a text to express your gratitude.

nullConsider a contribution, in your friend's name, to the LWML 75th Anniversary Offering to help continue the rich legacy of sharing the gospel of Christ. Donate at www.lwml.org/donate-endowment-fund, or mail to the LWML Office, 3558 S. Jefferson Ave., St Louis MO 63118. Please note the donation as LWML 75th Anniversary Thank Offering.

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Immanuel – God With Us

When my son Benjamin was young, anytime he saw a low hanging fluffy white cloud, he desperately wanted to be able to touch it. But when he reached the spot where he saw the cloud, the cloud was elusive and out of his reach. While flying in an airplane through billowy clouds, Benjamin was still unable to touch the clouds because of the windows that separated him from the clouds.

Jesus’ disciples witnessed His ascension into the clouds. Although the disciples could no longer physically touch Jesus or the clouds, they knew that God was with them because of His promise. Clouds may be elusive to us, but God is never out of reach. In Acts 2:32–33, we hear Peter say, “This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.” After Jesus ascended, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples at Pentecost. Our triune God is always with us.

We read in Matthew 28 that as Jesus ascended into the heavenly clouds, He commanded His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations. This command is for us too. Your Mite Box offerings, given in prayer, help to share this Good News of our Immanuel to all nations. To learn more about mite offering supported missions, click here: lwml.org/mission-grants.

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Random Thoughts From the Heart

Random thoughts from the heart

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb (Revelation 7:9a).

When you lean in to someone to give them a hug, press your heart to their heart by leaning into them from the left.

LWML President Lillian Preisinger, (1955-1959) had a courageous and compassionate heart when she cancelled the 1953 LWML convention in New Orleans when it was discovered that our Black Sisters were not allowed in the convention hotel.

The purpose of the Heart to Heart Sisters Committee is to: Motivate, equip, challenge, and provide mentoring opportunities within the LWML for women of diverse ethnic groups to serve the church, participate in LWML, witness to the world, and grow in relationships.

Heart to Heart Committee
Your 2017-2019 Heart to Heart Sisters Committee:

Click here for more information.

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Serving Because He Served

Do you identify yourself as a Lutheran Woman in Mission? I hope each day you look at what Christ has given you and respond with joyfully praising and serving Him through your family, community, and in the LWML.

We are so very blessed to know our Savior loves us, has saved us from our sins, and never leaves our side. We study the Scriptures, give our mite offerings, and serve as leaders in this organization so that others will know of God’s mercy and grace. By God’s grace, we reach the lost and hurting around the world.

Have you asked God how He wants you to serve in the LWML? Have you considered allowing your name to be submitted to the LWML Nominating Committee for a national office? Is this something He has placed on your heart? If you’ve been moved by His Word, then I encourage you to pray and willingly step up to this opportunity. You won’t serve alone! You’ll be surrounded with sisters and brothers in Christ, supporting and mentoring you. And of course, Jesus is right by our side.

If the Lord has given you a passion for His mission, He will equip you to follow through. Click here for more information. The Executive Committee is already praying for you. God has just not revealed your name, but He knows!

In His service, filled with His joy,

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Gamma, I Love You!

When my 6-year-old grandson Ryan comes running to me and covers me with wet kisses, throws his little arms around me, and tells me “I love you,” it just warms my heart. Ryan is a disabled child with Luscan-Lumish Syndrome, an intellectual disability, kind of rare, not much is known about it. Ryan is a child of God. He prays and sings songs of praise by memory. He has a great smile that melts your heart.

I received a beautiful letter from Jedd Lapid, Vice President of Development at Bethesda Lutheran Communities for the $100,000 check received on March 20, 2018 for our mission grant, "Sharing Jesus with People with Disabilities." He thanked the ladies of LWML for their prayers and support as we continue the work of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to people with disabilities.

This mission grant is one that melts my heart because we sometimes forget that children with disabilities are God's children too! But not only the disabled. There are children out there who are hungry, who are homeless, and who are hurting. They need your support and prayers, please consider making an extra donation to LWML for mission grants.

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What’s on your calendar?

Has Spring fever hit your family? My husband is a planter, and the minute the warm days of April start to seep into our weather, he is buying seeds and raking ground for his yearly garden. I can count on a large crop of fresh vegetables for our table and to share with others.

Also adding to April traditions is preparation for each 2018 LWML District Convention. The first conventions will begin the weekend of April 13 & 14. Many of our sisters in Christ will participate in their district conventions in May, June, July, August, and September.

Your district is looking for you to join in the worship services, servant events, Bible studies, selection for mission grants, election of new officers, participation of Young Woman Representatives, Heart to Heart Sisters, and always fun and fellowship.

District webpages are full of information, just waiting for you to investigate and place the dates on your calendar. The LWML webpage lists all 2018 District Conventions with dates and themes, under the NEWS & EVENTS tab and Convention Central.

Mark your calendars! Keep your districts in prayer! Join in the fun!

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