Friday, July 1, 2011
I just got back from the National Lutheran Women's Mission League convention in Peoria, Illinois. It was such an uplifting experience. I've been involved in this organization since college. It's mostly an older group, as most religious organizations are, but I love the mission focus. There's a story in the Bible about a widow who gave coins or mites sacrificially. As an organization, we give mites in our mite boxes and those coins (and bills and checks) add up to fund mission grants. There are prayers with every coin we put in the box. We adopted a new mite goal and decided which mission grants would be funded. There was a charity golf tournament and mission walk for mites. Offerings to different charities added up to more than $110,000. There was an awesome worship service on Thursday night with an on-fire sermon by Dr. Ken Klaus. You can see many of the speakers on line here. The Bible study was awesome, but my favorite part was the mites in action mission speakers. These are missionaries and administrators who received mites from previous bienniums and came back to say thank you and tell us what was going on with their missions. Most of those are at that link too. So uplifting. Lots to think about. Lots to pray about. One fun thing is one of the food bloggers I read happens to work for Lutheran World Relief, which had a booth at the convention and she was there. I was such a fan girl, I'm a little embarrassed.