How can we help?
By Lynn Wellumson, National WMF President
The National WMF officers had the opportunity to meet with the World Mission Director, Home Mission Director, President Lyndon Korhonen, AFLTS Dean and President of the Schools, AFLBS Dean, and Parish Ed Director during the All Boards Meeting at headquarters in September. We got to ask “How can we help?” First and foremost, they all asked for prayer. We were thrilled to pray with them then and assure them of our broadcast to all women of the AFLC to unite in prayer ministry on their behalf.
We are called today and every day to join in the spiritual battle that has been raging since creation. While the outcome is certain & coming, the WMF, along with all of you, are called into the active duty of pray for God’s guidance, strength, and courage. To share what He is doing in our midst and seek how best we can work together to further His kingdom.
In conferring with World Mission Director, Pastor Del Palmer, the donations given to World Missions in 2016 will be used at the World Mission Board’s discretion to support whatever work has current needs.
Home Mission Director, Pastor Paul Nash, stated the WMF can best come alongside by letting the Home Mission Board designate gifts as they see the need.
Parish Education Director, Mrs. Marian Christopherson led us to direct 2016 contributions toward the publication of the history of the Brazil mission book authored by Loiell Dyrud in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of AFLC Missions in Brazil.
AFLBS Dean Pastor Joel Rolf requested the WMF renovate the furniture in the girl’s dorm rooms. Donations to AFLTS will continue to provide a $100 gift per semester for each seminarian for the purchase of books as well as a yearly subscription to the Lutheran Ambassador. Contributions above and beyond will go towards faculty continuing education.
After giving the report to those at this years All Boards meeting we closed with this verse from Onward Christian Soldiers.
Like a mighty army
moves the church of God;
Christians, we are treading
where the saints have trod;
we are not divided;
all one body we,
one in hope and doctrine,
one in charity.
Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war,
with the cross of Jesus
going on before!