Local women attend LWML Convention
Delegates to the 32nd Biennial Convention of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) adopted a record $1.7 million goal for the 2007-09 biennium. It is the largest in the organization's 65-year history.
More than 5,000 people attended the convention held in Sioux Falls, S.D., June 21-24 under the theme "Rest on Christ the King -- ROCK," from Psalm 31:1-3. The LWML is the women's auxiliary of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the second-largest Lutheran denomination in North America.
The funds raised by the organization's 250,000 members nationwide over the next two years will be used to support 18 mission grants to
train deaf-ministry leaders
provide portable medical clinics in Sudan, East Africa
build 10 Lutheran churches in India
support a female missionary to Muslim people in Guinea, Africa
help Lutheran Bible translators in Aurora, Ill., provide transportation for missionaries
open eight new Lutheran Blind Mission Outreach Centers nationwide
provide education to Muslims in Bangladesh
support an inner-city children's ministry in Minneapolis-St. Paul
send a female human-care missionary to Africa
support a Christian family counseling center in St. Petersburg, Russia
expand mission work in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia, Africa
begin a Lutheran campus ministry at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Ks.
expand Internet streaming capabilities at KFUO-AM radio in St. Louis
support Concordia University, Austin, Texas, students preparing for child-welfare careers
assist Lutheran City Ministries in its outreach to homeless and addicted people in Detroit
support a soup kitchen at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Chicago
support a cross-cultural urban ministry in Ohio
In her president's report, outgoing LWML president Linda Reiser of Grand Island, Neb., applauded the Christ-focused service of LWML members, who have successfully met mission goals and showed an "unending willingness to help other" not because they seek to glorify themselves but "simply and faithfully because there is a need."
The LWML has been successful, she said, only "because of God's great faithfulness to us." She encouraged attendees to return home and make a difference by faithfully sharing "what Jesus has pout in our hearts."
The convention featured daily Bible studies led by author and speaker Dr. Mary Manz Simon, processions with banners from all 40 LWML districts and the flags of 38 of the 50 countries that have received LWML mission grants, activities for children and members of the LWML group for teens, a Mission Pledge Walk, a talent show, a performance by jazz singer Erin Bode and presentation by Lutheran missionaries.
Rev. Dr. Robert Roeger, executive director of LCMS World Mission, described several LWML grants the mission board has received since the 1940s and thanked the women's auxiliary for its partnership.
"The Lutheran Women's Missionary League, Lutheran Women in Mission, has been crucial to the expansion of mission work and has made it possible for us to move in new directions in mission during every decade -- including the one we're in -- since your founding in 1942," Roegner said. "I can't thank you enough for all you have done as women in mission to spread the gospel, expand the kingdom of God and see more people in heaven."
The Lutheran Women's Missionary League, also known as Lutheran Women in Mission, focuses on affirming each woman in her relationship with Christ, to enable her to be in ministry among people of the world. The organization encourages and equips women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to support global mission work.
Those attending from Zion Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, were Corrine Frank, Helen Voll and Theresa Warnsholz. All three were part of the convention choir.