Carolinas District LWML

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LWML Mission Statement

As Lutheran Women in Mission, we joyfully proclaim Christ, support missions, and equip women to honor God by serving others.

Adopted 2021

Carolinas District LWML Mission Goal Statement

The purpose of the Carolinas District Women's Missionary League is to be bold in the spirit by God's grace and in ministry tell the world what Christ has done.

Who are the Women of the LWML?

The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML), with a membership of over 250,000, is the official women's organization of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. The LWML focuses on affirming each woman in her relationship with Christ to enable her to be in ministry among the people of the world. For over 60 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.

The LWML focuses on ...

    * Richer Spiritual Living

    * Global Awareness for Ministry

    * Avenues for God-blessed Service 


Who are your LWML members?  Who are your Women in Mission?

Last year, President Linda Reiser stated that those who attended the “Leadership for Tomorrow” training conference included “professional women, stay-at-home moms, and women who have been in careers and are now retired.”  “We have probably six generations of women here – from 20s to 70s.”  Could this be a goal for your society?  Hope so.  Let us know of your progress.

Praise God that he allows us to 'work' for him and see such exciting mission work happening in so many places.  

Our God is good!

History of the LWML

Written by Marlys Taege Moberg

“There’s no question the church is behind you because in so many ways you are ahead of the church.”  With those words, a Lutheran historian applauded the progress of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) since it’s founding in 1942.  Its roots, however, go back nearly a century earlier.

Beginning in the 1850s, women of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) started local auxiliaries to meet the needs of people – mending clothes for seminarians, equipping hospitals, establishing schools, developing convalescent and retirement homes, assisting orphanages and residences for people with disabilities, gathering clothing, furniture and food for indigents, and funding mission endeavors at home and abroad.

Not until the 1920s, however did members of congregational societies begin to coordinate their efforts by uniting in state and regional leagues.  Oklahoma was first in 1928, but it took more than a decade before official approval was granted for a national LCMS women’s organization.

Although the US was at war and travel was difficult, the founding convention, held July 7 and 8, 1942 in Chicago, was attended by over 100 women from 15 districts.  The 28 delegates adopted a constitution, approved a name, chose two projects and established a Literature Committee to publish books, a national magazine, tracts and programs.  They also determined that ¼ of the mission gifts collected in local societies would be given to the national organization and ¾ used for district projects.

The purpose of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League ( LWML), delegates agreed, was to develop a greater mission consciousness among women (“missionary education, missionary inspiration and missionary service”) and to gather funds for mission projects for which no adequate provision was made in the LCMS budget.  “Missionary” meant the individual member, who was to “win and hold souls for Christ the Master, visit the sick and the shut-ins, relieve the needy, and cultivate the spirit of sisterly good cheer and fellowship.”

Mite boxes were selected as the vehicle for collecting funds.  Those contributions have supported Christian outreach in 42 countries on five continents.  They have provided chapels and mission headquarters, hospitals and medicine, Bibles and magazines, schools and equipment, jeeps and radio transceivers, missionary vacation homes and Bible translation centers, airplanes and videos, and the list could go on and on.  By 2005, international LWML mission grants (including money for mission in reach to women) totaled more than $18,500,000.  Adding the 75% in district grants and over $2,000,000 distributed from bequests and anniversary thank offerings brings LWML gifts for the Lord’s service to more than $76,000,000.

But, the blessing of the LWML, now also known as Lutheran Women in Mission, goes far beyond the millions raised for missions.  Its benefits can be seen in faith deepened through Bible studies, in confidence built through leadership training, in the befriending of career missionaries, in blankets and clothing gathered for the impoverished, in food shared with the hungry and, above all, in the friendships nurtured and the lives changed by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.