Our lives have changed in the last couple of months, but our Lord, Jesus Christ is continuing to watch over us. It is hard not getting together with our friends to share and do God’s work and seeing each other. He has given us other tasks to do to continue our mission work at this time. We pray for others, bake and share goodies for ones in need or just to say “thank you”, ones who are making masks and giving to those to help contain the spread of this Covid-19 virus. In whatever capacity we do things, we thank you Lord for giving us the strength, the know-how, and the love to do all of these things out in our mission field, wherever it takes us. It is empowering to realize and remember that we work in God’s mission and time, not ours.
With our LWML mites, some have asked where do these dollars go and are they always going overseas to help build churches, hospitals, orphanages, and the spread of the good news. How much of our mites go overseas depends on our biennium goals and funding. This starts with each church having the circles vote on which grants our delegates from Trinity should vote for at the Minnesota North LWML Convention held every two years. The two delegates (President and Christian Growth) vote for the grants we would like to see become part of the budget goal and they rank them 1-15. At the convention, we find out through the voting process what our budget goal is and which grants we want to fund. We do this on the even years, so we will be finishing the 2018-2020 biennium mission grants which were decided at the Minnesota North LWML Convention in Bemidji, MN in June of 2018. Our mission goal was set at $139,000.00 with 2/7ths of our goal being funded to help with grants overseas in Kenya, Puerto Rico, and Haiti. The other 5/7ths of our mission mite goal funded here in the United States and even within our Minnesota border. As of January 14, 2020, we already received mites that covered $130,000.00. All we needed to raise was another $9,000.00 to meet our biennium goal. The mites we receive here at Trinity are sent to the Minnesota North LWML office in Grand Rapids, MN. From there, the district sends 25% of the mites to the National LWML Mites to help cover the goals/funding for the National 2019-2021 biennium, which was set at $2.1 million at the National Convention in Mobile, Alabama back in June of 2019. 75% of the mites stay within the Minnesota North LWML to cover our goals and funding.
We can be proud of our mission mites that we receive here at Trinity Lutheran as we (MN North) usually reach our goals and funding and sometimes exceed. This usually happens even at the National LWML. We are blessed by all who help in the mission of mites. God’s kingdom is spread through the mission grants and His work is kept alive and thriving everywhere we look in the world. He is alive!
We, as the Women of Trinity – LWML, “are to assist each woman of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world.” Our Minnesota North District Convention that was to take place in June at Grand Rapids, MN has been cancelled. At this time, our delegates do not know what or how things are going to be done to make the important decisions for our new 2020-2022 biennium become a reality. We can be assured that our Heavenly Father has this all under control and things will happen according to His plan. Now, more than ever, we as women of the LWML must remember Joshua 1:9b “Be strong and courageous, do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” This is and would have been the verse we would have focused on at the Minnesota North LWML Convention. Through this verse, the Lord is encouraging Joshua to have assurance of success and promises of His presence through the Work, as Joshua begins his work of conquering and allotting the Promised Land to Israel. If we are left alone in our sin and weakness, we would not be able to serve God and become successful in His eyes. He makes us strong and courageous for service by assuring us that through Immanuel, (God with us) that we are forgiven and will inherit not a piece of land as Israel did, but blessed by His presence that we may serve Him with strength and courage and find success through Him. Remember, “His Mites.”
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Your Women of Trinity LWML President,