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Edition 17

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March 2018

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

YOU are a blessing to the Ethiopian Children

Look what YOU, an LWML member and mite collector/contributor has done to bring books (and Christianity) to the children of Ethiopa.

It’s time for religion class, and a Lutheran school teacher walks into her classroom of 50 first graders. As she meets their expectant gazes, she sighs with frustration. How to teach them? She has no books, no materials. She’s out of ideas.  For the past decade, the scenario described above has been all too common in Ethiopia’s Lutheran day schools and Sunday schools.

“About 8 million Lutherans live in Ethiopia, and the number of children is more than a million,” explained Rev. Dereje Tilahun, a pastor in the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY). “But for all our churches and schools, we have not had any Lutheran Bible storybooks. The teachers have had nothing to teach from.”

Now, thanks to the women of the LWML Minnesota South District, they do.

In 2014, the LWML Minnesota South District voted to give a $3,000 mission grant to the Lutheran Heritage Foundation (LHF), an LCMS recognized service organization dedicated to translating and publishing Lutheran books for churches and missions around the world. LHF gives its books free of charge to the people and ministries that need them.

The mission grant has been used to help translate and print 10,000 copies of A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories into the Amharic language, spoken by millions of people in Ethiopia. The colorful Bible storybook provides 60 Old and New Testament lessons, along with simple discussion questions.

“The book is well prepared and translated according to a child’s level of understanding,” said Rev. Tilahun. “It is also attractive and excellent, quality-wise. Once our children know these Biblical stories, it is very simple for them to understand the whole message of the Bible. I have good respect for this book.”

“The children like this book very much!” exclaimed Chali Bijiga, director of Addis Ababa Mekane Yesus School. “They always carry their books in their bags when they go home and return to school.”

More than 500 students in 10 grades attend Bijiga’s Lutheran school, where the students have daily devotions and religion classes twice per week. The students come from a variety of backgrounds, including Orthodox Christian and Muslim.

“It is very important for children to learn about God while learning their secular subjects,” Bijiga said. “Most of our students are not Christian, but here they learn the Bible and of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

Rev. Tilahun said that the next step is to train Sunday School teachers how to use A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories in their classrooms using LHF’s teacher guidebook, which is nearly finished being translated.

“Additionally, we have started translating the book into Ethiopia’s other major languages, in order to reach more children in their mother tongue,” he said. LHF’s Oromo language edition has been completed, and the Tigre, Haddiya and Sidama translations are underway.

“Our people have been amazed to get such quality children’s books for each student in the church schools,” Rev. Tilahun concluded. “There has been no book prepared for children for the last 30 years, and this book is the first in its kind and quality. We all thank LHF supporters for their generous gift to our children.”

To learn more about the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, or to order free books for short-term mission trips or to share with non-English speakers in your neighborhood, go to

Serving our Lord through LWML for over 65 years!

St. John's LWML of Norwood Young America recently celebrated a milestone of one of its members, Alice Schrupp.  Alice joined LWML in November 1952, and for 65 years, has served as a blessing and mentor to the women of St. John's.  St. John's LWML was organized in February 1944 with 23 members signing the Constitution. 

Pictured above is Pastor Josh Bernau of St. John's; Carolyn Durbin, President of St. John's LWML; and long-time servant, Alice Schrupp, during a heartfelt recognition service honoring Alice.  We pray God's greatest blessings on Alice as she continues to serve her Lord with gladness and as a mentor in her society.  We thank and praise God for allowing Alice these many years of dedicated service and pray for many more!  To Him be the Glory! 

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.
There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  
There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 
I Corinthians 12: 4-6

An LWML MN South Mite Update

The LWML MN South had a great Mite-giving quarter, but we still have a bit of work to do. Thank you for your mites!  This past quarter, we were able to pay six of the eight remaining Mission Grants in full. This leaves just two Mission Grants that need to be fulfilled.

The closing date to send in mites for the last quarter of this biennium is April 25. We have a remaining balance of $59,857.98, which is needed to reach our 2016-2018 biennium goal. If each LWML MN South member could give $20.00, we will come close to reaching our goal. Please consider being that faithful servant by continuing to pray for our mission grants and giving a generous gift in order that we may fulfill our commitments and may reach the many who are waiting to hear the Word of God.

The Dwelling Place - One of Our LWML MN South Mission Projects

The Dwelling Place vision and mission is to allow God to use The Dwelling Place to shine Christ's love and hope into the dark reality of domestic abuse so lives can be saved and transformed. For 20 years, The Dwelling Place has served to provide safe places for women and children whose lives are at risk to find refuge, healing, and hope through Christ's love. 

Through LWML partnership, the lives of women and children are blessed, protected, and loved. Thank you!

If you are interested in coordinating a “Basic Needs Drive” for The Dwelling Place, please visit their website for a list of their basic needs.  You can also contact them directly to schedule a drive and coordinate a pickup.

Words of Thanks from Hope Lutheran High School, Winona

Our sincere thanks and appreciation to the LWML MN South District and the Gospel Outreach Committee for the grant for tuition assistance for students seeking a Lutheran high school education!

Please pass along the thanks to as many as possible. We are sharing the gospel with teenagers everyday thanks to the LWML!

With much appreciation from all of us at Hope Lutheran High School.

In Christ the King, Creator, Savior, and Redeemer,

Rocky & Hope LHS
Rocky Sandcork
Principal/Teacher/Activities Director 

Concordia, St. Louis Food Bank ... LWML Feeding the Body and the Soul

February 6, 2018

Dear Friends in Christ,

Your Thanksgiving and Christmas donations were such a blessing to the Food Bank! From canned goods, granola bars and ground beef to diapers and shampoo, you continue to keep the Food Bank shelves well stocked. Thank you for your enormous support!

With your donations, we are continually trying to offer a variety of food at the Food Bank. We are now purchasing more fresh produce including: spinach, broccoli, peppers, carrots, celery, potatoes, apples and oranges. We are also expanding our special dietary section to include more salt-free, sugar-free and gluten-free items. More and more students are in need of these particular foods, and we can now purchase them affordably at Aldi and Shop 'n Save.

Thank you for making it possible to offer a "free" Food Bank to our students here at Concordia Seminary!

God's richest blessings to you,

Cindy Bunte, MS, RD,Food Bank Coordinator

Register Online for Convention...

Guess what? You can now register online for the LWML MN South Convention!  Online registration opened today! You can register online with your debit or credit card.  Please keep in mind that the District pays more for those registrations (2.9% of your registration) - so feel free to donate an additional amount to mites through our online donation portal to help cover that cost!   If you would prefer to register via the paper form, that is still available here. Can't wait to see you at "Grace Above All" on June 29-30, 2018!