The South Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Women in Mission held their biennial convention in Madison, WI under the theme "Rooted and Established in Christ's Love" (Eph. 3;17-19).
About 180 delegates from 21 zones adopted a mission mite goal of $214,800 for the next biennium. Twenty-five percent of that amount will go to support national mission projects. The rest will go to help support the following needs in our district and around the world:
#7 Free at Last Ministry to Women (Prison Ministry)
To expand Free at Last Ministry to women by serving the incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and their families by providing funds for the salary/benefits package for a Lutheran deaconess to serve as chaplain at the House of Correction and through Free at Last Ministries at Mission of Christ.
#8 "Telling the Story" DVD Devotional Series for Shut-ins
Grant will help produce, manufacture and distribute devotional DVD’s for shut-ins, nursing home, hospice and assisted living centers residents who have little or no spiritual care
#9 Concordia Seminary St. Louis Food Bank
To provide healthy food, household items, personal care and baby items for the over 200 seminarians and families who shop at the Food Bank each month.
#9 Teaching Children as Christ Taught Us (LSSES)
To assist three low-income families with tuition to enroll their special needs children in the Lutheran Special School & Education Services (LSSES).
#11 CLET Togo, Africa Seminary Dorms (partial)
Funds will be used to construct one dorm for Seminary students and families to provide a safer environment and to allow for a cohesive CLET student community.
#1 Church Without Walls Deaf Ministry
To improve spiritual lives of deaf using technology in a way they can understand through “Streaming Videos”. This requires purchasing broadcast computers/laptops; digital cameras/equipment; expand the online and production resources; and to train the people to use this newly updated equipment.
#2 Church Worker Student Grant
This grant will assist church worker students (teachers, pastors, deaconesses, DCE, DCO, lay ministers) who are studying to be full-time church workers at one of the synodical universities/seminaries with funds to be used toward tuition and board.
#3 Veterans Helping Veterans in Concordia University System
Equipping military veterans to serve as peer counselors on Concordia University Campuses. Funds would be used to develop resources which would encompass and promote collaboration with other Veteran support entities.
#4 Refuge House Renovation (Place of Refuge Ministries)
The grant will provide and secure a safe refuge by renovating 2 emergency exit stairs and repairing 2nd floor overhang and roof overhang.
#5 Financial Assistance to Concordia Theo. Seminary Clothing & Food Co-op, Fort Wayne
The money from this grant will purchase perishable food items from direct delivery suppliers or from wholesalers and local grocery stores as well as the local food banks for seminarians and families who shop at the Food Bank each month
#6 Widow's Milk mission Society - India
Purchase milking cows and milking supplies and form a Milk Society to help women feed their children and generate an income.