Lutheran Women in Ministry
The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. For over 77 years, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to support global missions.
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News from the NID LWML
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
These words of Jesus served as the theme of the LWML-NID Convention held at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Carol Stream on September 23 and 24, 2022. One hundred nine women and men attended and were strengthened through Word and Sacrament, Bible study, music, and fellowship. The business of the District was also an important part of the Saturday sessions: a mite goal of $160,000 was adopted, new mission grants were selected, and new officers elected.
LCMS Northern Illinois District President Rev. Allan Buss was the proclaimer for the Friday evening opening worship service and Lana Gibbons served as song leader throughout the convention. Deb Burma led us in Bible study on Friday and Saturday and was our keynote speaker as well. National LWML President Debbie Larson brought greetings and news about all that is happening within our organization and a look toward the next national convention, to be held in June of 2023 in Milwaukee. Our LWML-NID will be one of the host districts, along with North and South Wisconsin.
Included in the $160,000 mite goal for the 2022-2024 biennium is $99,000 for nine grants which will support ministries in our District, across our nation, and around the world. We pray God’s blessings on the mite offerings we will give in the next two years and the ministries they will fund.
Gifts from the Heart donations were shelf-stable food items designated for the food pantry at Family of Faith in Glendale Heights. They partner with other neighborhood food pantries and the Northern Illinois Food Bank to help the people in their area. Convention attendees donated enough items to fill 65 boxes!
As we begin this new biennium, we look forward to funding our chosen mission grants, attending upcoming events (YW/Young at Heart Retreat, Lenten Inspiration, spring rallies, Milwaukee Convention), and continuing to “serve the Lord with gladness” in all that we do as LWML sisters – and brothers – in Christ. We “take heart” that He is always with us, in our joyful and difficult times. Pray for our LWML, its members, officers, pastoral counselors, and all the ministries that our mites support.