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January 2019 eNews


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January 2019

eNews ... a monthly email publication of news and information
by and for the women of the LWML MN South District.

2019 New Year's Greeting from President Deb

We have ended our year’s journey of 2018 and have begun our new journey for 2019. The birth of Jesus is our light that sheds the everyday darkness of this world we encounter. Jesus came to us humbly as a little baby that was born in a manager and then humbly and innocently stood in our place and hung on a cross for our sins. May we always remember daily that Jesus is the greatest gift we have received.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:7 ESV). Let us continue to shine among others this coming year and tell everyone what Christ has done! Praying this New Year will bring you joy and peace, for strength and wisdom to meet all challenges, and the courage to share God’s word to the lost and hurt. May you continue always “To Serve the Lord in Gladness.”

In Christ’s Love,
President Deb Vinkemeier
LWML MN South District

"With a Cross in His Pocket ..."

The Whitewater Conference held its Fall Rally on October 13, 2018 at St. Matthew in St. Charles, MN. Pastor Andy Audette, a church planter from Remedy Church in Oakdale, spoke to an enthusiastic group of 51 LWMLers and 5 Pastors about “Connecting Disconnected People to Jesus.” At one time, Pastor Audette personally felt disconnected, especially during his college days right out of high school. He shared a story about a very special quilt given to him by an LWML Society that had a pocket with a cross stitched inside. As he laid on the quilt his hand often felt the outline of the cross which reminded him that Jesus was there for him. His life experiences led him to helping other disconnected people become connected to Jesus again.

Devotions and Bible Study centered around the Bible verse from John 15:5. “I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Gifts from the Heart donations of Bibles were given to Pastor Audette’s ministry. Donations of canned soup, children’s socks and underwear were given to the St. Charles Resource Center. The offering total was $254.79.

(Thank you, Kathy Kohner for sharing this news!)

Look what 12 years of LWML Support Can Do! 

Jesse Baker is a seminary student at St. Louis, completing his last year. He will receive a letter in May of 2019 that will inform him of where his future as a Pastor will be located. Jesse grew up in Lino Lakes, MN and attended church at Good Shepherd in Circle Pines, MN, where his mother, Chery Baker, is an LWML member. She is an active member and former teacher. Jesse is her third son, is musically talented, and is known for playing the French Horn. He attended high school at Concordia Academy through a scholarship from LWML MN South District. After he finished high school at Concordia Academy, he went to Concordia St. Paul for his undergraduate degree, before going to Concordia St. Louis to complete his seminary education. Both of those college settings were funded through LWML, which adds up to 12 years of support from LWML mites. Imagine how many people's lives he will impact by sharing God’s word, and how 12 years of mite support will contribute to sharing God’s message. The number is unknown, but when you think about how mites will impact the lives of so many people through his Christian education journey, it is impressive. The purpose of mites is to share the Word of God by supporting missions, and these 12 years will definitely achieve that purpose.

Below is a letter the LWML received from Jesse Baker: 

Dear Ladies of Minnesota South District LWML,

Our journey together began in the spring of 2006 when I decided to follow in my brothers’ footsteps and attend Concordia Academy (CA), Roseville, instead of public high school.  This decision meant I needed to complete an application for financial aid.  LWML graciously fulfilled the need that year and for the remaining four years of high school, four years of college, and four years of seminary.  During those formative years at CA and under the guidance of the Christian teachers, I decided God was calling me into the ministry. 

The next four years of college were spent at Concordia St. Paul (CSP).  Each spring I completed an application for financial aid and LWML graciously supplied the funds.  During the time at CSP, I grew in my faith and was certain of my decision to go into pastoral ministry. 

The next chapter in my life began when I attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis during the summer of 2015.  LWML not only graciously supplied a scholarship these four years, but they also supplied funding for the Seminary food bank through the collection of mites on the national level.  As meals at Seminary are not provided for all seven days each week, the Seminary students depend on the food bank to survive. Also, the LWML ladies from my home church purchased an alb and clerical during my second year of Seminary, and other LWML groups from Minnesota South have regularly supported me during these last four years. 

The financial support, and more importantly the prayer support from LWML over the past 12 years has been a blessing -- my heartfelt thanks goes out to each and every one of you ladies -- thank you!  Please continue to lift up future pastors and your current pastor in your prayers. 

In Christ,
Jesse Baker

Your Mite Dollars at Work ... And Very Much Appreciated!

The Mission Grant focus for the month of January 2019 is “LCMS Missionary Support: Funding to meet needs of missionaries passing through Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa”.  At the November 2018 LWML MN South District board meeting, $1,000 was approved for partial payment to Mission Central.  In response to receiving that payment, a letter was received from Gary Theis of Mission Central along with a page of biographical information on the missionary recipients of that money, Rev. Dr. Thomas and Mary Aadland.

Below is the letter received from Gary Theis:

Dear Women of LWML MN South District,

Your gift is truly a witness of your faith in the Lord Jesus. We are all missionaries because we are all to be "witnesses" for the goodness and grace of our Savior. Jesus said in Acts 1:8, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth."  That's a command and not an option...we are ALL missionaries and we need to be witnesses for Jesus every day! You realize you can't go to those lands of darkness, but you can help to send someone in your place. So many people still don’t realize that these missionaries must raise their own support and that is why we work day and night for these dear people, so that they can go and bring people out of darkness, people who have NEVER HEARD OF THE NAME OF JESUS. We can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate your kindness, love, prayers, and support for the Lord's work here at HIS Mission Central.

What a blessing to hear from the women of the LWML MN South District and to receive your amazing gift of love of $1,000 that we have directed toward your Minnesota missionaries, Pastor Tom and Mary Aadland who are serving the Lord Jesus so faithfully at Matongo Lutheran Seminary in Kenya. Yes, these dear friends are from Rosemount, Minnesota, and have been very short on their support. Your gift of $1,000 couldn’t have come at a better time and is certainly an example of God's divine intervention! I hope this letter will be shared with your LWML members. I took the picture of the Aadlands when they were in my office and you will see our boss in the background. I want you to know that this is truly the greatest Thanksgiving gift you could have sent, and every penny of your gift will go directly to the Aadland support account. I am so thankful for the LWML and for the Minnesota South District. I sure hope you will plan a trip to Mission Central in the future to come and see our new Creation Theater.

We want to keep you posted on what goes on at this MIRACLE PLACE in the middle of a corn field and with an old set of farm buildings. Yes, this past week we had three missionaries come and report and we had such large crowds come to hear them. What a blessing to have them come here to this regional center to show their pictures and report on how the Lord is using them to share the Good News of Jesus. It was such a busy, busy week as we have thousands come here from all over the United States. All kinds of people come here from all backgrounds and all walks of life. May the Lord bless you and keep you each day.

Your Co-workers for Christ,

Old Missionary Gary and Missionary Brent

Here's a bit of background information on the Aadlands to help you to know them better:

Rev. Dr. Thomas Aadland serves the Lord as a career missionary through The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in Kenya. Thomas partners with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya and teaches at Matongo Lutheran Theological College, Kenya. In addition to teaching, he serves as the Dean of the Theological Faculty, preaches in chapel and counsels students when requested. Thomas also preaches in local Kenya congregations as needed.

Thomas was born in Minneapolis, MN, and his home congregation is St. John Lutheran Church of Rich Valley, Rosemount, MN.  He graduated from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. He received his Master of Divinity from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN. Before serving in Africa, Thomas was a pastor at Christ Lutheran Church, Duluth, MN, and, most recently, was a staff missionary for the Saint Timothy Society at Matongo Lutheran Theological College, Kenya.  In his free time, he enjoys playing chess, fishing, and listening to classical music. 

Thomas’ wife, Mary, was born in Minneapolis, MN, and her home congregation is also St. John Lutheran Church of Rich Valley, Rosemount, MN.  She enjoys sewing, reading, gardening, and scrapbooking in her free time.

Pray the hearts of people here in the United States are moved to pray for and to financially support Thomas and Mary so they can "go with him" as he serves. Let us give thanks to God that Thomas is serving His children in Kenya.

Creative Mite Contributions ... The Red Stockings

Over the past years, the St. John’s Lutheran Society of Winsted, MN, has passed out “Red Stockings” to the women of the congregation to fill the red socks with mites for Christmas. This year, Pastor Dave Hormann challenged the men of the congregation to join in and see if the amounts raised by the men of the congregation could surpass the amount raised by the women of the congregation. A total of $1,184.60 had been collected from the “Red Stocking” to help the mission of the LWML. What a great gift from the congregation of St. John’s Lutheran Church to help the women of the LWML MN South District reach their mission goal. 

2019 National LWML Convention ... Mobile, Alabama

“In Praise to the Lord!” is the theme for the 2019 National Convention being held in Mobile, Alabama this year, less than six months away. The Winter 2018 “LWML Quarterly” has all the information about registration, meals, tours, speakers and hotels. Registration opens on February 1, 2019. If you are flying to Mobile, hotel registration opens on January 2, 2019. The MN South District will also be taking a bus to Mobile. If you would like to ride on the bus or need information, please contact LWML MN South District President, Deb Vinkemeier, at 612-720-7264 by January 6, 2019. If you are planning to ride the bus, please do not make hotel reservations as the bus and hotel are being arranged for you as a “package deal”.