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LWML President Kay Kreklau Honored

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.

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Orphan Grain Train Warehouse Update

I’m putting a call out for HELP!

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!

If you can’t come on a Monday, but there is enough interest in coming on a Saturday let me know and we can get a Saturday packing day planned.
I’ll give you an idea of what goes on in those 3 short hours Monday morning.

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.

3. We then fill as many boxes as we can, label them, tape them up.
4. The final thing we do that day is take inventory of the boxes and then take them out to the shipping container to store them.
Number 2. changes depending on the item we sort.
We do take a short break- coffee, water and if someone brings a snack to share.  We then take time to refocus on our Lord who gave us so much and the reason why we do what we do.
Some things to consider when packing up items to bring to the warehouse.

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.

2.  We pack everything donated into uniform sized boxes.  So whatever boxes we receive, we unpack and then re-pack into our OGT boxes according to categories we are given by the main office.  This helps the main office assess value when we get ready to ship esp overseas.   We have to give an estimate of the value of the items we are donating for customs purposes.    It is much easier to keep track of one size of box than 4 different sizes, or every single piece.  :)   So we pack boxes full of like-kind items.  I learned the hard way last time when it came to school supplies.  We were trying hard to fill boxes to the brim, so the school supply boxes were filled with all kinds of things.  Well the pre-inspection company had lots of questions.   We had to open each box and count every single item and submit a very detailed list.    So this time it will be a box full of pencils, a box full of crayons, a box full of notebooks, etc.  That is how we are planning to roll this time.

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!)

And I don’t want to discourage you from donating if you can’t do all the above mention things (pre-wash, pre-mend, pre-sort, pre-folding).  Believe it or not, there are people who like to do this and have the time and have let me know that!  And for me- a busy mama- this is music to my ears!  :)
Exciting news!
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
14.

Thanks again for all your prayers and support.

Joe

So all of this hard work is worth it.  All those precious items are on their way!   I can’t wait to get more stories and pictures from Kirk (our assistant manager) and Judy  who just returned a week ago from Liberia to share with you all!

Lastly…
We are exploring via warehouse locations and options.  And this is been a pretty serious endeavour.    We are soon to be overflowing… and need a larger space to work out of.  We are trying to be good stewards of the money that has come in and want to find that perfect place and not get stuck in a situation that would take away resources and time otherwise put directly into helping.   Seriously keep this is your prayers especially as we meet as a board to seek God’s will in this.
Thank you to all who have contacted me about how you can help!

Stay in touch and hope to see or hear from you soon!

In Christ,
Elissa Rosin
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A Video Message from President Kay

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) President Kay Kreklau shares her heart, thanks, and hope in Christ with her LWML family in this video: https://youtu.be/ZtldMF7AbPY. This video is also available on the LWML website.

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LWML Gathers in Des Moines, Iowa

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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Special Offer for Gifts from the Heart – Arch Books

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.
Learn More

*Recipients of this year’s Gifts from the Heart initiative will be
Orphan Grain Train & Concordia Gospel Outreach.

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