Greeting from the Schierkolk’s

Schierkolks10-2014-cropDear WMF friends,

Christmas is past and the wise men have gone their way but here in Jerez, Mexico the message is still being shared with young and old alike.  We had wonderful Christmas celebrations in the Kids’ Clubs and at the outreach dinner at church.  Lots of tamales were eaten by about 75 family and friends that came to see our youth group share their puppet skits and to hear the kids sing of angels, shepherds, Joseph and Mary and “Five Little Fingers” on the hands of the little baby Jesus.  Thank you so much to all of you who have so faithfully held us up before our Father in heaven.  Thank you so much for the way you have been partners with us in this mission given by Jesus; for your gifts, your boxes and your prayers.  Blessings to you for this new year.

In Jesus,

Todd and Barb Schierkolk
Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico


By Esther Hylden

Harvest--ESTHER web    Autumn is always a busy time here on the Hylden Farm.  Along with the extreme activity that accompanies harvest, we continue to meet the the ongoing needs of our Golden Valley Flax business and my job as a nurse.  One of my responsibilities is to make food…lots of food!  This fall we were blessed with the additional help of two young men, thus counting my husband Mark, our son Justin and me, I was making “nice meals” for five people…for weeks!   You may think that this would be easy for a seasoned farm wife like me…however  I was actually was waking up in the middle of the night, wondering what I would make for meals the next day!   (and yes…I am the “Be Hospitable without Grumbling Lady!!! )  The grocery clerks in our town grew accustomed to my face, as day after day I would purchase massive amounts of food, haul it to my house…and then somehow transform it in to meals for 5, and have it available at noon, have “lunch” ready to take in the field for a mid-afternoon snack, and then prepare supper which was served anytime between 7 and 9pm, unless it rained, then supper would be at 6pm!  Under these circumstances, my Crock Pot became my new best friend!   Then, when everything seemed under control, I would receive the dreaded phone call from Mark, “Esther, could you bring dinner out to the field today…then we could keep going, and wouldn’t have to waste so much time.”

Harvest 2 ESTHER“Sure, I can bring dinner out to the field,” I would answer, and then start scrambling!  Now, I hold to the belief that Harvest Meals in the field have a certain charm, and provide for many fond memories…however…THEY ARE A LOT OF WORK FOR THE COOK!!!  After hanging up the phone I started assembling all that had to be transported to the field;  the folding table, chairs, food, drinks, hand wash, plates, silverware, serving spoons, cups…and of course the food!  Dinner in the field never consists of sandwiches!  (to my dismay, none of the harvest meals consists of sandwiches)  Field dinners consist of a hot main dish, a salad of some sort, bread, and dessert.  Afternoon lunches for the “men” also must be prepared and brought to the field…for them to eat later in the day.  This usually consists of a sandwich, cookies and fruit.  This afternoon lunch is not to be confused with supper…which is a proper hot meal, served to the hungry men when they arrive home around 9pm!

In the midst of this busy season, Mark’s dear father, Don, had a heart attack.  This brought harvest to a screeching halt for a few days, and it brought four more people to our home…as family came from far away to spend time with Don.  I struggled with the emotions that came with almost losing Don, the fatigue that followed after spending nights with him in the hospital and trying to continue with my responsibilities as a RN, “harvest cook”, and now host to four additional people.

One morning, when the week loomed long and difficult before me…I read in Jesus Calling , by Sarah Young, the following:   “Trust me and refuse to worry, for I am your Strength and Song.  You are feeling wobbly this morning, looking at difficult times looming ahead, measuring them against your own strength.  ….. Since I am your strength, I can empower you to handle each task as it comes.  Because I am your Song, I can give you Joy as you work alongside Me.”  I turned to Exodus 15:2, “The Lord is my strength and my Song…”

I bowed my head that morning, and thanked God for being my strength…and my song.  Today, the harvest is completed, Don is home and recovering well, the house is quiet…with no extra people to feed…  As I look back, it was a difficult, but good time.  God provided the strength that I needed, and the creativity to come up with all those “nice meals.”

So what’s for supper tonight?  Well tonight, I think that I just may give that Farmer of mine the opportunity to take his favorite cook out to eat!  (:

PS:  Here is one of the desserts I made this Harvest Season.  It was easy to prepare, and received rave reviews.  As I was in a hurry, (of course), I did not peel the apples.

Apple- Flax Crisp

Golden Valley Flax
This is a family favorite…easy to make, tasty and good for you!

6-cups fresh sliced apples (or pears)
1 T. fresh lemon juice
2 T. plus 2 tsp. white sugar
1 T. cornstarch
1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
¼ cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup quick cooking oats

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine pears and lemon juice in a baking dish (coated with non-stick spray), toss gently to coat.
  3. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and two-thirds of cinnamon; stir with a whisk. (Diabetics may substitute a sugar substitute.)
  4. Add cornstarch mixture to apple mixture; toss well to coat.
  5. Mix flax, rest of cinnamon, brown sugar, and oats in a separate bowl. Sprinkle evenly over apple mixture.
  6. Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown.

Calories:  157, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein:  2 g, Fat:  3 g, Omega-3 fats:  1261 mg, Cholesterol:  0 mg, Fiber:  5 g, Calcium:  39 mg, Sodium:  5 mg

Recipe used with permission from:  The Amazing Flax Cookbook, by Jane Reinhardt-Martin, RD, LD.

Retreat and Missionary Prayer Notebooks

RM webby  Lori Willard

Remember the Resource Manual?  You know the one – it’s purple – the one that is on the bookshelf at the church!  The National WMF Board is praying each woman’s group in our Association is enjoying the useful information contained in it!

Have you considered a retreat for your women just to read through the book together to gather information that would be beneficial to your specific group?  Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, women together enjoying each other’s fellowship over a Resource Manual – what could be better?! J

Here is Another Suggestion:  From the Resource Manual, copy pages which contain the AFLC Missionaries, AFLC Missionaries on Loan, Home Missions’ Alaska Missionaries, Home Missions’ Pastors, and Missionary Candidates.  Compile them into a nice binder.  You could make these Christmas presents for all your women in your church so they can pray for our missionaries and also know more information about them to include their birthdays, what items to mail to them, etc.  The “M” in WMF stands for Missionary which represents the original intent of our foremothers when they re-formed WMF in 1962 – to support the missionaries and their families.  What better way can we get our missionaries known?  Of course, in person is best but this way can help keep our focus on our dear ones who sacrificially serve God’s Kingdom work and how we can come alongside them!

You are welcome to copy the entire Resource Manual for everyone in your women’s groups because we have not made a copyright on it.  We want everyone to have the benefit from WMF Resource Manual!


2015 WMF Bible Study

A Word study through the book of 


By Kathy Horneman

Ephesians is an important book to me because it is a very concise and practical book on growing in Christ. It starts with knowing Jesus Christ and moves to practical living, interacting with others, and then, how to be victorious in our walk. It touches every area of our lives, as Christ should control every area of our lives.

Chapter titles for the Ephesians study are:

ephesian coverwebLesson 1   Salvation
Lesson 2   Grace
Lesson 3   Praise
Lesson 4   Prayer
Lesson 5   Walking the Christian Walk                                 Part 1
Lesson 6   Walking the Christian Walk                                  Part 2
Lesson 7   Walking in Truth
Lesson 8   Relationships
Lesson 9   Fellowship
Lesson 10   Spiritual Warfare
Lesson 11   Armor of God

About the Author–Kathy is a wife, mother and grandmother. She attends Atonement Free Lutheran in Arlington Washington. She came to know Christ as a young adult. She shares “knowing Jesus has gotten better and sweeter each year.  If I had a life verse it would probably be Philippians 3:8-12; I want to know Christ Jesus as deeply and powerfully as possible so that He would be glorified.”

These studies can be ordered for $11 per copy through the Executive Secretary, Dawn Johnson 2991  30th Ave, Wilson, WI 54027