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The 2nd Sunday of Easter

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21).

What an amazing sight the resurrected Jesus must have been to those frightened disciples on Easter evening. They had the privilege to see with their own eyes, and touch with their own hands, the risen Lord. Jesus knew that this was not going to be possible for everyone, and so He sends these disciples into the world to proclaim all that Jesus has done to save everyone. Today, there are many missionaries around the globe seeking to continue this important work and to bear witness to Christ and His salvation. Won’t you take a moment and consider how you might partner with them in this life-saving work? Your gift can help to make sure the LWML can support the work of worldwide missions for years to come. There are so many who need to “see” Jesus through the preaching of His Word, so that they, too, may live in hope and join us in the kingdom of heaven eternally. 

The Resurrection of our Lord

“Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead” (Matthew 28:7a).

What a joyous day! What amazingly good news! Jesus, who was crucified, is not in the tomb! He is risen! Despite still being overwhelmed by this announcement of the angel at the empty tomb, there was no mistaking the message nor the action to be taken: go and tell. The women of the LWML have made it their mission to go and tell the great news of salvation and the promise of life eternal by the power of Christ’s resurrection. It is a message the whole world needs to hear, and with your help through Gifts of Love, the women of the LWML will carry on the work began by the two Marys on Easter morning until all have heard this wonderful news. As the Church celebrates the resurrection, now is a great time to consider how you can help ensure the work can go on so that all may hear, believe, and live eternally!

Palm Sunday

The reason why the crowd went out to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign (John 12:18).

As Jesus comes into the Holy City on Palm Sunday, the crowds that had witnessed Lazarus’ resurrection were overjoyed to welcome their king. Unbeknownst to them, their cry of “Hosanna” would be answered, not with a military coup, but with Jesus’ death on the cross by which He saves the world. That was the greater sign that the whole world would see. The LWML seeks to support missions and equip women to bear witness to our Lord’s life-saving work for us. Through your generous support, our prayer is that the crowds that came out to see Jesus would be nothing in comparison to the crowds that will follow Him into the gift of heavenly life.

The 5th Sunday in Lent

Jesus said to [Martha,] “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25–26).

It is never easy to lose someone you love. Martha knew this very well, as Jesus came to her in her grief. And while she knew the promises of God, she needed reminding of just what they were so that she might believe those promises and find hope and comfort in Jesus. When such situations arise in the lives of people we love, our desire is to point them to the hope that is ours in Christ and the power He holds over death by His resurrection. The world needs this hope, even if they think they already know it. Our greatest hope is that Jesus lives, and His promise to us is that as He lives, so shall we — He is our resurrection and life. This is the message the LWML is so zealous to share with the world, and with your aid, we will be able to bring this hope-filled message to the ends of the earth. As we do, with your support, people will be able to answer the question about believing that Jesus is the resurrection and the life with a resounding and joyful, “Yes!”

The 4th Sunday in Lent

We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world (John 9:4–5).

A man, blind from birth, becomes the subject of conversation for Jesus and His disciples. Knowing He would heal this man, Jesus explains that this was an opportunity for the works of God to be put on display for people to see. But then Jesus includes His disciples, and us, in this work. “We must work the works,” Jesus says. We are all called to labor for the Lord, not in the same way as Jesus, but in the way that God has blessed us to be able to do so. Have you considered how you might be able to “work the works” of the Father through your gifts to support LWML? If not, we have wonderful counselors who can help you plan how you might partner with us in this work of pointing people to Jesus, who is the light of the world. That way, when the night does come, the work that Jesus is doing through us might bear abundant fruit for the kingdom.

The 3rd Sunday in Lent

the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him (John 4:23).

What a blessing our Father truly is! We do not have a God whom we must seek, but a God who actually seeks us. He sought out this broken, sinful woman at the well and called her to a new life in Jesus. Through His dear children today, He is still seeking those who will receive His Word and worship Him. In so many ways, God has blessed the LWML to be one of the ways that He has sought out His worshipers, and through the work we have done in His name, many have come to see Jesus truly, just like this woman at the well. The time is coming, and is now here, to consider ways that you might help carry this work forward into the future. Our Lord is with His people, seeking those who will eternally worship the Father in spirit and in truth.

The 2nd Sunday in Lent

Nicodemus said to [Jesus,] “How can these things be?” (John 3:9).

The message of the Gospel, the story of our salvation in Christ, is really quite amazing! So amazing, in fact, that some people have a hard time believing how easy it is to get connected to the life of Christ. How do words have such great power? How does a splash of water make one a child of God? How does simple bread and wine give us the feast of heaven? People of the world have questions, and for over 77 years, the LWML has been able to help point people to Jesus by helping women stay grounded in the Word and supporting our missionaries as they go out to share this wonderful news. All of this work is done to move people from the question of how these things can be, to the answer of the grace of God given to us in Christ Jesus. Consider how you might be able to support this work now, and for years to come. Through your Gifts of Love and careful planning, many more will hear this amazing story of salvation, and by the Spirit of grace, come to know that not only can these things be, but they are certain and they give us life eternal.


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