Kelli LaVoie and Tracy Eickhoff
MN South District's Committtee on Young Women Co-Chairs
Jesus Christ Above All. Grace Above All. These two statements are the 2017 National convention and 2018 District convention themes. Both tell us of the love of Jesus Christ and the vision of the LWML. At the 2017 National Convention, the LWML unveiled their new brand and logo. We now use the tag line "Lutheran Women in Mission" as a clear way of telling the world who we are and what we do. We know there are young women in the MN South District who have a desire to tell others of Jesus Christ and are looking for an opportunity to meet other young women to share ideas and collaborate. We want those young women to attend the district convention and learn how Lutheran Women in Mission can help them share God's love and grace to the world.
If you know a young woman, or you are that young woman, please encourage them to complete the zone YWR application before February 1 to attend the 2018 district convention. Be in prayer for God to encourage young women to attend the convention.
Amy and Adrienne had an amazing trip to Albuquerque this summer. Here are their thoughts about the convention:
My name is Adrienne Zhang and I am one of the Young Women Representatives (YWR) for the MN South LWML District. A close friend of mine told me how amazing it was to do Bible studies with women of older generations. I think of Titus 2:3-4a which says, "Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior…They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women…" and I realize that is how I learn.
I am also reminded of the apostle Paul. He did not start being a missionary until 30 years after he became a Christian! So, when the MNS District convention came up in 2016, I wanted to go. It was great to see what the MNS District had done and take part in voting on the work we would do (I also got to be on the Tellers Committee!).
As a District YWR, I got to go to the National Convention and see that it was even more of a meeting with God on a mountain experience. As a YWR, it was fun to be a part of parades, meeting the leaders, learning how the LWML works, and praying with thousands of other women that God would be glorified, lift each other up, and that the lost would be reached. I am most thankful for the examples of the ladies I have met. The way they carry everything to God in prayer and how diligently they share God’s Word. After being on the mountain, I am filled with joy to encourage other women to become involved in caring for each other and using their God given passions and talents to serve Him.
When I was first asked to consider applying for the young woman representative opportunity at the LWML national convention, I quickly dismissed the idea because I have so much going on. How could I leave my family and my job for several days and go to Albuquerque, New Mexico? Well, I am so thankful that God had plans for me to be there, because it was truly an unforgettable experience. What a blessing to be surrounded by other women of all ages, worshiping, learning, and serving!
At the convention I participated in two servant events, walked in a missions pledge 5k walk, attended worship services and bible studies with thousands of other people, learned about missions grants that have been funded through LWML, and carried a flag during an opening flag processional. The group of young women reps also got together daily to get to know each other and to brainstorm ideas about getting involved in our churches. I returned home from convention feeling inspired and motivated to become more involved with LWML and to serve the Lord with gladness.