In wrapping up the last of our reports on the 2019 LWML National Convention held in Mobile, Alabama, we'd like to share with you the closing thoughts of several of the delegates who attended. It is our hope that you might get a glimpse into the Convention and perhaps consider attending the next LWML National Convention being held in Lexington, Kentucky, from June 24-27, 2021.
Judy Donahue, Rochester Delegate: It was my honor to represent Minnesota South District as we voted on new officers, bylaw amendments, and new mission grants. The friends and connections we made on this journey is priceless, and, with the Lord's help, we both look forward to trying to make the next convention in Lexington, KY in 2021. Thanks be to God for His hand in making this journey possible.
Connie Petersen, St. Paul Metro Delegate: As one of the preachers stated, “Women know how to have a convention and have fun! Why haven’t I attended before?
Linda Seifert, Waseca Delegate: The Mission goal and designation is most important. I enjoyed Donna Pyle's Bible Study and all of the mission speakers. I also enjoyed the pastors that spoke. I love Jan Struck, the added humor. The sand artist was fantastic.
Marilyn Coleman, NE Suburban Delegate: Conventions are very important to me:
- it gives us a chance to fellowship with other ladies from all over;
- we hear how our mites have helped many by hearing from Mission speakers;
- we hear the word of the Lord from many and it is an awesome sight to see all the Pastors that attend and partake in the opening worship;
- we hear from a great Bible study leader;
- we get to receive Jesus body and blood through Holy Communion with some 3,000 plus people;
- we see how God works in the people who provide awesome entertainment;
- we come home having been inspired by the Holy Spirit and full of joy.
It truly is an honor to serve as a delegate, I pray other women are encouraged to be one.
Sandy Buckentin, South Carver Delegate: I enjoyed the LWML National Convention very much. It was a very interesting time to see the inside workings of the LWML. It was wonderful to see the dedication of all that were involved in hosting the Convention, as well as the people I met there from the youngest to the older ladies.
Rosie Swanson, Worthington Delegate: A great experience to meet and visit with other ladies of LWML. Being a "first-timer", I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was awe inspiring! The Communion service was great, communing with over 3,000 people who all believe that Jesus is our Savior meant a lot to me. I sure did enjoy our song leader, Rev. Taylor! Hearing about our "mighty mites" and all the good that is happening because of them fills my heart with great joy. It is wonderful to learn about the hard-working faith of so many people in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and his love for us! And the whole convention, I can't even imagine the time and planning and preparing for something like this.
Pamela Illies, Lake Minnetonka Delegate: I attended the closing service when the LWML National Convention was in Minneapolis years ago, but this was my first time to attend an LWML National Convention in its entirety. I truly had no idea what to expect, so I did not go with preconceived notions other than that there would be crowds, and that I might have multiple issues with my personal “thorn in the flesh”. I praise God that despite the crowds, He held me in His hands as always. My fears melted away as people of faith and my LWML sisters and brothers from around the world surrounded me with prayer and thanksgiving! I will never forget this experience and will always be grateful to LWML MN South, the Lake Minnetonka Conference, and the ladies from Our Savior Lutheran LWML for their prayers and support. May I continue to be uplifted and encouraged as I rise each day "In Praise to the Lord".
Paula Webinger, Winona Delegate: It was important for me to attend the LWML National Convention in Mobile, AL, to bring me out of my comfort zone and to realize that I and my local LWML society are a small part of a greater whole. It is amazing to me how our mites, time, energy, talents, creativity, given to us by God, can impact and benefit the many organizations and places worldwide. I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn how our sisters in the LWML, through their love of Jesus, play such an impactful part in God's plan to save others by loving and caring for them.
Karen Stephens, NW Suburban Delegate: The experience was wonderful and helped me feel more connected to the mission grants and the national organization. I was so immersed in the Word during the Bible studies and the singing. The divine service was awesome. How uplifting was that choir! The gathering of the Gifts from the Heart and the service activities really made me feel a part of a multitude of Christians extending Christ's love. Thank you for this opportunity.
Darlene Lind, Litchfield Delegate: The LWML National Convention in Mobile was an awesome, inspiring experience. Hearing more than 3,000 women singing praises to our Lord touched me deeply. I was impressed with the presentations from the mission projects and realizing that our mites are doing unbelievable things to spread the message of salvation. As a delegate, I felt privileged to represent the MN South District.
Diane Gustad, North Carver Delegate: I liked being able to connect the many facets of the national organization and the work of the national organization along with the partnerships with LCMS. We are all so active in missions! My spiritual cup was overflowing with our wonderful, awesome music, and Donna Pyle with her Bible Studies. I loved having Mobile Ambassadors join us around the convention hall. Beautiful dresses!
Irene Mensing, Blue Earth Delegate: Attending with over 3,000 Lutherans and worshiping together is a mountain-top experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. It is an honor to serve as a delegate and then to share my experience with societies in my zone. Meeting new people and sharing is always a highlight, along with reacquainting with old friends. The reinforcement of learning to praise God at all times, even in crises, is another meaningful take-away for me.
Above are some of our MN South District delegates and representatives at the LWML National Convention ~ Mobile, Alabama ~ 2019.