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News from Mobile, Alabama ... Friday, June 21, 2019

Reprinted from the LWML website ~ 2019 Convention:  Friday, June 21, 2019


Almost 3000 women and men came together in Mobile, AL for the 38th Biennial Convention of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Led by past LWML Presidents Gloria Edwards and Linda Reiser, the Tee up 4 Mites golf event brought 27 golfers to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail with proceeds going to the 2019–2021 LWML Mission Goal.


Pre-convention seminars gave valuable information for those seeking insight into writing a Bible study, how to best use social media, discovering helps for leaders, and more. The exhibit hall, Jubilee Junction, continued to be full of energy as about 70 exhibitors shared their goals and projects for missions and ministries throughout the world. Another busy place was the Servant Connections area, where LWMLers spent time serving the Lord with gladness as they worked on cards of encouragement for cancer patients, made bookmarks for Lutheran Hour Ministries outreach to worldwide missions, tied quilts and fleece blankets, assembled Personal Care and School kits, and participated in a Red Cross blood drive.


Rev. Dr. Ulmer Marshall inspired worshippers at the opening service with his message based on the convention verse, Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations (1 Chronicles 16:23–24a). The offering of $43,693.31 will go to the newly adopted mite goal of $2,100,000.


A procession which included beautifully created district banners depicting the convention theme began the Friday morning meeting followed by the first session of a Bible study led by author, Donna Pyle. Mites in Action speakers, Jaclyn Rachel, and Lynn Corker and Jean Jaskierny, recipients of 2017–2019 LWML Mission Grants, gave highlights of their respective ministries in Haiti and Tanzania. Rev. Dr. Brent Smith from Mission Central in Iowa, brought greetings and a message of service and outreach through his keynote address. Delegates listened to a wonderful presentation of the proposed 2019–2021 Mission Grants, eagerly anticipating the results of those selected for God’s plan to provide support to missions in the next biennium.


News from Mobile, Alabama ... Saturday, June 22, 2019

Reprinted from the LWML website ~ 2019 Convention:  Saturday, June 22, 2019


After an inspirational evening with sand artist Joe Castillo on Friday evening, many woke early to attend a Wake Up with the Word Bible study and participate in the Mission in Motion Pledge Walk. Apple of His Eye Missionary Steve Cohen opened the walk with the sounds of a Shofar, followed by the enthusiastic Excelsior Band of Mobile leading the way. Over 848 walkers joined in the fun, some carrying bright purple umbrellas. All proceeds from the walk go to the 2019–2021 LWML Mission Goal.


The past LWML Presidents (pictured above) Kay Kreklau, Jan Wendorf, Linda Reiser, Patti Ross, Virginia Von Seggern, Gloria Edwards and Ida Mall led the Saturday morning procession which highlighted 76 flags representing countries in which LWML has supported a mission grant. 81 YWRs and 12 H2H Sister Leaders helped carry the flags and participate in the procession. Rounding it out were 50+ youth from the Insta Friends Camp offered at convention for children and youth ages six months through high school.


Author Donna Pyle led the 2nd part of the Bible study and Mites in Action speakers Laura Hemminger, Rev. Gary Manning, and Stephanie Schulte, recipients of 2017–2019 mission grants, shared updates of their ministries in Y4Life (Equipping Youth to Witness for Life), NOLA4H (Hearts for the Hungry, Homeless, and Hurting), and Mercy Medical Work for the LCMS, respectively.


Offering #2, divided between Medical Mission Teams and Expanding the Disability Ministry in the Dominican Republic received $24,722.60. Saturday evening, attendees were inspired as they listened to the VOICES of Mobile, a highly versatile vocal ensemble consisting of students from The University of Mobile.


A mission goal of $2,100,000 for the 2019–2021 biennium will fund 21 LWML Mission Grants (see Missions Grants article below).


God’s leaders elected in Mobile are:
     President: Debbie Larson
     Vice President of Organizational Resources: Marie Chow
     Vice President of Special Focus Ministries: Deaconess Betty Knapp
     Treasurer: Karla Koehler
     Pastoral Counselor: Rev. Brian Noack
     Nominating Committee: Brianne Stahlecker, Chairman, Crystal Miller, Sylvia Bean,       Carrie Brumbaugh, and Mary Harrington.


Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations (1 Chronicles 16:23–24).


2019 - 2021 Mission Grants Selected 


Reprinted from the LWML website ~ 2019 Convention:

Delegates to the 38th Biennial Convention of the LWML adopted a $2,100,000 mission goal for the 2019–2021 biennium. This goal, by the grace of God, will fund 21 mission grants as men and women respond in prayer and offerings during the next two years. LWML chose to support the following mission grants, pledging their support with prayers and mites (offerings) given over the next biennium:


  1. Water and the Word for Rural Schools in Kenya, $80,000

  2. Teach Me Too–Preschoolers with Learning Needs in Austin (LSEM), $100,000

  3. Mission Outreach for At-Risk Young Women in Africa, $100,000

  4. God’s Grace for This Generation (LAMP), $100,000

  5. God’s Word Changes Everything (LBT), $95,000

  6. Mobile Medical Mercy Mission Bus for Guatemala, $100,000

  7. Restoring Hope for Detroit Children and Families, $100,000

  8. Lights for Christ Scholarships in Guatemala, $95,000

  9. Wind River Indian Reservation Transportation at Fort Washakie
       in Wyoming, $40,000

10. Ministry in Motion at Trinity in Mobile, AL, $58,000

11. Touching the Living Word (LBW), $100,000

12. Women’s Witness and Mercy Asia — Mission Central, $100,000

13. Digital Media Development (LFL), 30,000

14. Hope and Healing Hub of Downtown Lincoln, NE, $50,000

15. Pre- and Post-Seminary Training for Local Church Workers in Africa, $62,650

16. Preparing Leaders for Tomorrow (LCMS School Ministries), $80,000

17. Christ for You, Anytime, Anywhere (KFUO Radio), $60,000

18. Sri Lanka Multipurpose Building Construction, $50,000

19. Making Jesus Known in the United States Ethnic Communities at Concordia
      Seminary in St. Louis, $100,000

20. Music Outreach, Classes, and Resources on the Border in El Paso, TX, $98,400

21. LCMS Deaconess Ministry (LCMS Office of International Mission), $39,523
      (partially funded)


Convention Offering #1 — LWML Mission Goal 2019–2021. The standing rules of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Bylaws state that the offering received at the convention worship service shall be designated as a contribution to the mission goal of the LWML............. Offering #1 = $43,693.31 (unofficial total)

Convention Offering #2 — 50% to Expanding the Disability Ministry in the Dominican Republic for children in group homes and government institutions where God’s love thrives and 50% to Medical Mission Teams to provide medical care for the impoverished in developing countries.................................Offering #2 = $24,722.60


Convention Offering #3 — 50% to James Storehouse Louisiana to aid in caring for foster-care children and youth and also empower communities to be active in  improving the fostercare crisis and 50% to Spiritual Care for Unaccompanied Refugee Children to help break the cycle of child abuse by improving children, families, and communities by introducing the Gospel of Jesus.  (Offering total not available at time of publication.)


Convention Offering #4 — LCMS Disaster Response/Community Relief to be used for supplies and necessary needs for U.S. communities devastated by natural disasters (tornadoes, fires, hurricanes) during 2018. (Offering total not available at time of publication.)



A "Cross-Generational Pie Crust Adventure"

In April 2019, LWML women and young ladies of Eternal Hope Lutheran Church, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, were thrilled to be able to engage in a ‘Cross-Generational’ Learning Day.  The LWML ladies presented “Pie Crust Making” classes to a few young ladies and also helped other ladies that just have not made any pies in years. It was a very busy and productive day.


This class included demonstrations, plus a hands-on session.  Everyone got to measure and mix ingredients, roll out dough, crimp edges, and watch as the crust baked.  Some made a pudding type filling and left them to be enjoyed on Sunday during the Palm Sunday Dinner, while others took them home to fill and enjoy with their families.


Cross-Generational activities prove to be so very valuable, not only in learning skills, but by getting to know each other better, especially our young ladies, as they grow and serve the Lord.


Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever (Ecclesiastes 1:4 NIV). 


LWML MN South District Convention ~ 2020 ~ Willmar, MN

The newly renovated Willmar Conference Center boasts to be the perfect location for our 2020 LWML MN South District Convention.  The facility is equipped with over 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting and exhibit space and is sure to meet our needs.  The convention planners also believe the state-of-the art audio/visual equipment will be an added bonus.


It is the hope that this move to Willmar will be the welcome, cost-effective change that our LWML members have been seeking.  We hope that by having the convention in Willmar, more women will be able to attend and more societies will send a delegate.


In addition, it may now be possible for more societies and zones to sponsor a YWR (Young Woman Representative) to attend the District Convention.  What a wonderful way to carry on the legacy of LWML in our congregations as we use the YWR program to energize and mentor young women to connect and grow in relationships as sisters in Christ, and as we equip and encourage the young women to become more involved in their congregations and in the mission of the LWML. 


Start now to make your plans to attend the 2020 convention.


"Mobile Moms" .... Start Them Young

Gaining young LWML members and maintaining membership has been a topic of conversation for a number of years within the LWML organization, not just at our District level, but at the National level, as well. So how do we make that happen?


Start them young! This year four moms from the LWML Minnesota South District brought their young daughters to participate in Camp Insta Friends at the LWML 38th Biennial Convention in Mobile, Alabama. Pictured above are Amy Khamphanh and daughter, Natya Khamphanh; Shirley Volk and daughter, Eleanor Senart; Mary Kay Mages and daughters, Anna Mages and Grace Mages; and Bronwyn Wenzel with daughter, Madi Wenzel. The daughters ranged from young adolescents to teenagers, which placed them in two different groups at Camp Insta Friends.


Camp Insta Friends is the convention camp for children and designed to provide the opportunity for moms to attend the convention and have childcare available for their children, so the Moms may participate in the convention activities to the fullest extent possible.  This year at Camp Insta Friends the adolescents participated in field trips to the Maritime Museum and Science Center, and did arts and crafts. The teenagers did service projects that included running a carnival for young adults with cognitive and developmental delays, helping at a recycling center, and going bowling.  Through this experience, the girls not only got to know each other better, but also had the privilege to meet their peers from around the nation.


Out of the five daughters attending the Convention, three had attended a convention in the past and two had their first experience in Mobile. Many of the daughters are already planning to attend the next LWML Convention in Kentucky with their moms and grandmas. By allowing these girls the opportunity to attend, our hope is that the girls will ultimately want to continue to attend conventions and strive to be active LWML members like their moms. Lastly, the hope is that others will be inspired to bring their daughters and have multiple generations attend future conventions, because starting them young will be the catalyst to maintaining and increasing membership within the LWML.

Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done;
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

(Proverbs 31:29-31).

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