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Committee on Young Women

Praise the Lord for answering our prayers and guiding us to select Melissa Adelsen and Molly Loder to be the MN South District’s Young Women Representatives (YWRs) to the National Lutheran Women in Mission Convention this June in Mobile, AL. They will have the privilege to become more intimate with the people and inner work of the LWML.




Melissa Adelsen

Hello, I’m Melissa Adelsen, and I am 33 years old and live in southern Minnesota.  I had the privilege of being the YWR for my zone at this last year’s district convention [2018] and learned so much about how LWML works and what the LWML supports. I was lovingly encouraged by my fellow LWML society to apply for the national YWR position. Praise be to God, I was selected with my fellow YWR Molly to represent the Minnesota South District. I am really looking forward to attending the national convention and meeting so many other like-minded LWML’ers. I am also very excited to see what missions will be supported through this convention. I cannot wait to attend the 2019 LWML convention in Mobile Alabama, thanks be to God for this privilege!


Molly Loder

Hello! I’m YWR Molly; I’m 40 years old and happy to be considered “young enough” for this opportunity and privilege. I’m blessed to be the daughter of Ron and long-time LWML-er Cynthia, the wife of Pastor Mark, and the mother of four kids who are all taller than I am! (And at 5’8”, I’m not exactly “short.”) I love to read, write, talk, sing, and play instruments, especially my French horn.

I was lovingly encouraged by my society (and by President Deb) to apply for the YWR position, and I feel incredibly humbled to have been chosen alongside Melissa to serve in this capacity together. I’ve already learned much from serving on the District Gospel Outreach committee, and I look forward to the new opportunities this role will bring. Finding faithful ways to support the spread of the Gospel is vital for men AND women, and I’m grateful for these “good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)

In Alabama, I’m looking forward to getting to know Melissa, learning more of God’s Word, and hearing many stories of how Christ’s free gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation are impacting the lives of people I haven’t even met yet! Thanks to the committee for selecting us “for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14) We look forward to meeting and working with you all.


Look for Melissa and Molly at the National Convention. Thank them for taking the time and effort to attend the National Convention. Encourage them to engage in our mission of helping to spread God’s Good News, encouraging each other to grow in our own faith in God and love of each other. “In Praise to the Lord!”


Blessings and Safe Travels!



We know there are young women in the MN South District who have the desire to tell others of Jesus Christ.  We know they are looking for an opportunity to meet other women to share ideas, collaborate, support and be supported. Our goal is to help engage these young women in the Lutheran Women in Mission’s activities at all levels, serving God and growing in grace and strength.


MN South District's Committtee on Young Women Co-Chairs

Adrienne Zhang and Amy Khamphanh


Questions?  Contact Adrienne and Amy here.