President's Message

Letter from the LWML District President, Lisa Kamrath

 

We are at the start of a new biennium. Traditionally, Presidents set goals for their boards so everyone knows what those goals are and can work together to reach them.  For example, when raising our sons, we had family goals. They were framed and sat on our kitchen counter as a daily reminder of those goals.

My goals for the LWML MN South are:

  1. Communicate daily with God through prayer, and be in devotion and Bible study, for God answers your prayers and reveals His love for you in Christ in His Word.  Communicate with your LWML sisters in your district, zones, and groups through the eNews, the WOM, attend rallies, meetings, and servant events, use the Quarterlies, and answer your emails. 
  2. Build relationships with our young women and our Heart to Heart sisters.  We need to be creative and learn what attracts them to become involved with LWML. Think outside the box. Ask them what they would enjoy for a Bible study, servant event, or a “What’s your 80?” idea.  Engage them by being interested in what they are interested in. After traveling with 42 women on a bus to Lexington, my husband Keith observed, “Women need women, more than men need men.” Be a mentor to those young women. Both of you will benefit from it.
  3. Remember, you are not alone!  God is always with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. You have LWML sisters to pray for you, encourage you, cheer you on, just as you do for them. Support one another, share ideas, and invite each other to some of your events, meetings, and special speakers. We are not in competition with one another; we are family, God’s family. So work together, forgive each other, and pray for each other.
  4. Be a missionary, reach out and share Christ. One easy way to do this is to wear purple with LWML on it. When I do, people always ask, “What is that?”  always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15). Share with people the love that Christ has for them and the mission work we support to take that message to those who need to hear it.
  5. Be…  Be accountable, be timely, keep your promises, do your best, always be prepared, be polite -say please and thank you, be kind, be thankful, be patient, and be a servant leader.
  6. Remember you are loved by God the Father, the Creator of the Universe. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:17).

Finally, I asked our sons what I should share with you that would encourage you from what Keith and I taught them while they were growing up. They said, “you told us…”

  • “You are strong” so we learned we were capable.
  • You told us, “Look for ways to help,” so we learned to be observant of what was happening around us and figure out how to use our abilities to make it better.
  • You told us, “Be patient,” so we learned things take time.
  • The next phrase needs explanation. In the 80’s and 90’s when we were raising kids, people did not carry water and sip on water all the time. That was not a thing like it is now. So, we would be riding in the car, and the kids would be thirsty, and we did not have water with us. When they would start complaining that they were thirsty, I would say, “get all the saliva in your mouth together and then swallow your spit.” So, you told us…

“Swallow your spit,” so we learned to use what we had and to be creative problem solvers.

  • You told us, “Remember you are a Kamrath,” so we learned people were watching us and that we represented our family.

Those are the goals for the LWML MN South District family.

You are my sisters in Christ, and together we are serving the Lord with gladness. So, swallow your spit.  Thank you.

Lisa Kamrath, President
LWML Minnesota South District

 

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