Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) President Kay Kreklau was pleasantly surprised at The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Board of International Missions meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, May 29, 2015. LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison presented Kay with a certificate of appreciation surrounded by messages from the staff and board members.
The LWML is an auxiliary of the LCMS with a primary focus on supporting missions. The LCMS Board for International Missions took this opportunity to show their appreciation for President Kay’s commitment and the work of all women of the LWML. Kreklau’s four-year term as LWML President concludes at the 36th LWML Biennial Convention in Des Moines, Iowa, June 25-28, 2015.Share this via:
We have two large donation loads coming Monday June 8th ( very large trailer full and a truck full of desks and chairs). The plan right now is to unload them into the container as we have VBS going on in the church this week and packing will be crazy working around their set up. My husband and I are going to work on rearranging the container to make room for the donations on Sunday June 7th in the afternoon. (As I type this my 5yr & 4yr old are coming up with a plan. )
We have been blessed with so many donations, but not very many volunteers to pack and sort. I know this is partly my fault for not getting the word out and that when people have come to help we haven’t had too much to do. That is changing quickly around here!
If you’ve ever thought about coming to help and pack and sort, this summer is the time! We’d love to have the company, show you the ropes and get to know more brothers and sisters in Christ as we work together to prepare to help others! And it’s amazing the difference even 3 more people make. We get so much more accomplished!
1. We usually assess what we have the most of and the grab a bunch of it.
2. Then the sorting begins. For example, if clothes we make piles of men’s, women’s, children’s, infant/toddler. And Women’s and Men’s get sorted into 4 categories Winter/Summer Tops/Bottoms. Children’s just into Winter/Summer categories. Infant/Toddler (up to 4T) we do sort into Winter/Summer categories too. While packing we check for stains, buttons missing, smells, animal hair, holes, etc. We make a mend/wash pile and a discard pile.
1. We are thrilled to open boxes full of CLEAN clothes! Any pre-washing, pre-mending, pre-sorting, pre-folding that you can do on your end is MUCH appreciated! We want to give nice clothes to people. We keep the mindset- the people we are giving to don’t have a washing machine. If disaster struck- most likely washing machines will be out of order. Or that is the last thing your mind would be on. Or the people in other countries we are helping most likely don’t have a washing machine, let alone a lot of water. If it was us and we were in tough times, which would we like to open better- a box full of dirty clothes, or a box full full of nicely folded, clean clothes. We want these boxes to truly be a gift… a moment of grace.
Now if you are like me, you hate to see a good box go to waste. So I propose that if you bring a big load full of boxes, we can do a trade. The boxes we have left over from other loads you can take and re-use for your next loads (Lord willing!)
Our first container is officially unloaded from the ports of Liberia and being dispersed (as I type this) through the rural countryside. There were some complications getting the container out of port. That full story will be in the upcoming newsletter. For now here is Joe’s email:
Good morning Karen,
We were finally able to cleared the container on Monday, June 1. Thanks
for all your prayers. We have two 20 foot trucks filled with the
contents from the container heading to rural Liberia today (Tuesday).
I have decided not to fly back to the U.S. on June 5th. I changed my
return flight to June 16. I will travel to rural Liberia tomorrow
(Wednesday) to help with the distribution of the supplies to our schools
and churches. I hope to return to Monrovia on Sunday after service – June
Thanks again for all your prayers and support.
Men and women of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) from across the nation will gather together for the 36th Biennial Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Convention, June 25-28, 2015, at the Iowa Events Center, in Des Moines, Iowa. The theme for this convention, “Bountiful. Sow, Nourish, Reap,” is based on 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV).
The worship proclaimer for Thursday’s opening worship will be Rev. Gregory Seltz, speaker of The Lutheran Hour® radio program. Rev. Keith Piotter, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bettendorf, Iowa, will serve as proclaimer for Sunday’s closing worship service. Bible studies will be led by former LWML Pastoral Counselor Rev. Michael Mattil, from Denison, Texas.
A downloadable pdf of the opening worship service will be available at www.lwml.org for printing, making participation easy. On June 25-28, 2015, go to https://livestream.com/LWML2015 to watch all events and events will be archived for future viewing.
Guest speakers include Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. James Lamb, Executive Director of National Lutherans For Life; Carly Hatcher, Executive Director of Mission Opportunities Short Term (MOST) Ministries; Rev. Jim Rivett, an LCMS Southern Illinois District Prison Ministry Coordinator; Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities; and Rev. Dr. Tilahun Mekonnen Mendedo, president of Concordia College, Selma, Alabama. Gary Thies, Director of Mission Central, Mapleton, Iowa, will speak at one of the eight special interest luncheons.
Recommended changes to the Bylaws, selecting mission grants recipients, election of officers, and other business of the LWML will be intermingled with mission speakers, song, and laughter. For a lively finale to a busy day, Humorous Interrupter Jan Struck, from Appleton, Wisconsin, and Convention Song Leader Dr. Dina Vendetti, from Dover, Delaware, will provide the Saturday evening entertainment.
More information is available on the LWML website at www.lwml.org.
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This summer at the national LWML Convention, Concordia Publishing House is again partnering with Gifts from the Heart.
You may be traveling to the convention with donations of school supplies or hygiene kits. Here’s a way to add Bible stories to your gift:
When you participate in CPH’s Arch Book 2-for-1 offer by selecting book titles for donation,* they’ll prepare your order and bring it to the convention for you! Simply send CPH an email, and they’ll take care of the rest.
*Recipients of this year’s Gifts from the Heart initiative will be
Orphan Grain Train & Concordia Gospel Outreach.