The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women's organization of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. For 75 years the organization has been encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to financially support global missions.
Our Chesapeake District of the LWML is blessed to serve over 125 churches, divided into eight zones. With our unique geographic location the District consists primarily of churches in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, with a few churches in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, as well as members who live in West Virginia.
Explore our site to learn more about our mission outreach, join in the fellowship we offer, and find resources about growing in grace and being part of the mission yourself!
For information about our national LWML, go to www.lwml.org
A Special Message From our Junior Pastoral Counselor,
Rev. Keith Beasley
Coronavirus. I just added this word to my spell check function so that it does not keep auto-correcting when I type it in. This is just one of the changes—albeit very small—that I have experienced as our nation responds to this pandemic.
Of course, you have felt the effects, too. The guidelines, the restrictions, the executive orders, the church closings, the cancellation of your LWML zone rally, the school closings, the businesses shutting down, the working from home, the rush to buy toilet paper, etc.—these all have had an effect on you in some way. They bring various trials into your life. Some trials may be minor, even a bit of a nuisance. Other trials may be major—shifting major aspects of your life concerning your health, your income, and even your interaction with those whom you love. You are all suffering in some way because of the desire to limit the devastating effects this disease could have on you, your loved ones, and your neighbors.
Also, you have had to do without gathering together as God’s people at your church. We are doing our best as children of God still to gather around His Word with our online worship services, Skype and Zoom Bible studies, and drive-thru communion. Hopefully, you have found a routine that helps you be in the Scriptures, in some way, so that you may “hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them.”
The words from Saint James in his epistle give us hope and encouragement during these times: “Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (James 1:2-3).
The Coronavirus pandemic really has caused you to “meet trials of various kinds.” I am not sure you would want to “count them as all joy”—maybe not at this moment. But, your faith, by which you know Christ and trust in Him, ultimately leads you to know that the Lord is working all things for your good (Romans 8:28). Yes, these trials try and test your faith—producing steadfastness as James the Elder says. In other words, as you meet these various trials in light of your faith in Christ, you are made stronger and will remain steadfast even as other trials come.
James continues: “And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:4). In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, and as you meet the various trials it brings, always remember that as you “let steadfastness have its full effect,” ultimately you lack in nothing through Christ Jesus, our Lord.
In Jesus, our Good Shepherd,
The mission of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League is to assist each woman of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world.