LWML Sets 2019–2021 Mission Goal at $2.1 Million

ST. LOUIS, June 24, 2019 — The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) welcomed 3104 people with 691 as first-timers to the LWML Convention in Mobile, Alabama, June 20–23, 2019, under the theme “In Praise to the LORD!” The convention theme was based on 1 Chronicles 16:23–24a.

Delegates to the 38th Biennial Convention of the LWML adopted a $2,100,000 mission goal for the 2019–2021 biennium. This goal, by the grace of God, will fund 21 mission grants as men and women respond in prayer and offerings during the next two years. LWML chose to support the following mission grants, pledging their support with prayers and mites (offerings) given over the next biennium:

1. Water and the Word for Rural Schools in Kenya, $80,000
2. Teach Me Too–Preschoolers with Learning Needs in Austin (LSEM), $100,000
3. Mission Outreach for At-Risk Young Women in Africa, $100,000
4. God’s Grace for This Generation (LAMP), $100,000
5. God’s Word Changes Everything (LBT), $95,000
6. Mobile Medical Mercy Mission Bus for Guatemala, $100,000
7. Restoring Hope for Detroit Children and Families, $100,000
8. Lights for Christ Scholarships in Guatemala,$95,000
9. Wind River Indian Reservation Transportation at Fort Washakie in Wyoming, $40,000
10. Ministry in Motion at Trinity in Mobile, AL, $58,000
11. Touching the Living Word (LBW), $100,000
12.Women’s Witness and Mercy Asia —Mission Central, $100,000
13. Digital Media Development (LFL), 30,000
14. Hope and Healing Hub of Downtown Lincoln, NE, $50,000
15. Pre- and Post-Seminary Training for Local Church Workers in Africa, $62,650
16. Preparing Leaders for Tomorrow (LCMS School Ministries), $80,000
17. Christ for You, Anytime, Anywhere (KFUO Radio), $60,000
18. Sri Lanka Multipurpose Building Construction,$50,000
19. Making Jesus Known in the United States Ethnic Communities at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, $100,000
20. Music Outreach, Classes, and Resources on the Border in El Paso, TX, $98,400
21. LCMS Deaconess Ministry (LCMS Office of International Mission), $39,523

The voting body elected the following to serve as officers, Counselor, and nominating committee: President – Debbie Larson, Rocky Mountain District (Formerly from the North Dakota District)

Vice President of Organizational Resources – Marie Chow, Washington-Alaska District

Vice President of Special Focus Ministries – Deaconess Betty Knapp, North Wisconsin District

Treasurer – Karla Koehler           Junior Pastoral Counselor – Rev. Brian B. Noack, Atlantic District

Nominating Committee – Sylvia Bean, Rocky Mountain District, Carrie Brumbaugh, Wyoming District, Mary Harrington, North Wisconsin District, Crysta Miller, Nebraska North District, Brianne Stahlecker, Nebraska South District

Lastly, LWML President Patti Ross unveiled the new LWML Mite Box design. The design was shared during the President’s report, and was also shared via LWML social media channels and Livestream.

For more information on convention highlights, visit www.lwml.org/2019-convention. Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, 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. LWML news releases are available at www.lwml.org

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