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Three years ago, the women attending the 2009 WMF Day at Annual Conference voted to fund the AFLC development director position at $500 per month.  These donations can be sent directly to our WMF treasurer with a note that the funds are for that position.  As of today, donations have not kept pace with the expense.  Please consider what your local WMF could do to help.

1) The board has chosen projects to support for each of our ministries in 2013:
Ambassador Publications:  printing 7th/8th grade curriculum
World Missions:  $500 per month per missionary (1 unit)
Home Missions: Parish builder training/radio and aviation ministry in Alaska
AFLTS:  our goal (pending donations) is $100 towards books per seminarian per semester, the remainder would go towards continuing education of faculty
AFLBS:  replacing furniture in the prayer room and updating Heritage Hall furnishings and finally appropriate wall art

2) The 2013 WMF Bible study is called “Genesis” by Sandra Weaver.

3) We will meet with seminary wives in January to encourage them and inform them of the work of the WMF.  We will also host a pastor’s wives luncheon during the winter Bible conference.

4)We have provided the 2012 WMF Bible study to all AFLBS women.

5) June 2013 is the annual gathering of the WMF held in conjunction with the annual conference.  The WMF day theme will be “Forever O Lord…Your settled Word and Your enduring faithfulness”.  Psalm 119:89-90

6) A WMF Facebook page has been created.  Check it out!  Stay updated on WMF activities on the new WMF blog

7) Board members are available to come to your church or district, at no charge, to assist in regular or special programs.

God’s Wisdom in Answering Prayer

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My sister-in-law, Tammy, decided to give out plastic cups one Halloween instead of candy.  One of her kindergarten students came to her door and Tammy placed the cup in her bucket.  “Is there candy to go with that?”  she asked.  Tammy replied “No”.  The student sighed and said, “Well, it’s better than nothing.”  I laughed and then I realized that when God answers prayers, sometimes, my response might as well be “Well it’s better than nothing.”  Shame on me for ever doubting God’s wisdom.

Wanting Our Vote and Needing Our Prayers

When I was younger, I loved getting to go into the voting booth with my mom and/or dad. There was something so cool about that private cubicle; something so mysterious about that large sheet of paper that held names I’d only heard of; something so empowering about those little dark circles next a few choice names that my parents let me see. No longer do I get to sneak into the voting booth with Mom or Dad; and unfortunately, here in western North Dakota, I don’t even get to stride into a voting booth with my big adult self. Instead, I voted on an absentee ballot on my ordinary kitchen table; the same place that I eat pizza and laugh at my family.

I could say a lot about the election tomorrow. I could comment on how you’re probably ready for the 2012 election to be over with. I could probably encourage you to use the blessed freedom we’ve been granted here in America.But I’m not.

All I’m going to say tonight – all I am going to encourage you to do tonight – is to pray. Because really, truly, how often do we do that? We know that we should pray for those who are in authority over us. We know that authority has been given to us by God. We know in our hearts that praying for our government leaders – whether we like them or not – is important to do. But do we actually do it? I know I don’t. What do you think would happen if we actually did?

“And what would happen if we prayed for those raised up to lead the way? Then maybe kids in school could pray and unborn children see light of day.”

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority . . . ” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Yes, vote. But after tomorrow, don’t let all the hype about presidents, congressmen, and governors cease. Whoever is elected – whether you like them or not – come before the Lord daily on their behalf. These men and women want our votes . . . but they need our prayers.

Our Greatest Need

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“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow:  they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we
drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
(Matthew 6:25-33 ESV)

Recently we moved to the beautifully rugged and coastal town of Brookings, Oregon.
We left our snow boots and shovels behind in Michigan, and looked forward to our first
non-snowy winter season in many years. We were told it rained here, that it rained a lot.
The tellers of this information were not kidding. It does! I quickly came to the
realization that a raincoat was a very strong want, not truly a necessity, but certainly a
want. I knew that our budget was tight as we are currently paying a house payment for
our home back “east” and rent on our home here. So, I decided that between my
umbrella and rain boots I’d be good to go for this year. The next day I received a phone
call from a lady in our congregation saying she had some gently used clothing items she
wanted to give to me. I was excited at the prospect of some new clothing articles to
expand my wardrobe. As I pulled out one beautiful item after another from the bags of
clothes, what do you think I found in my hands? Yes, THE perfect raincoat for me,
complete with a hood.

God knew my want, and touched the heart of a woman who did not know of it, to bless
me. While I thanked God again and again in between happy shrieks for His provision, my
heart paused. Was I ever truly THIS grateful for answer to the greatest need of my heart
and soul? How often I take it for granted, the price that Jesus paid for me. The death he
endured. The Victory he won over the grave. The Resurrection that assured I serve a
living Savior! Yes, our dear Father is concerned about the details of our lives. He sees
our needs and so generously supplies them. But let’s not forget during this month of
Thanksgiving, to thank Him again and again for His greatest gift that filled our deepest
need.

The Saints in our Lives

Yesterday was All Saints Day. I’ve been thinking about saints…a lot. When I was a child, I thought a saint was some super-duper, really, really, really good and HOLY person. Oh, and you had to be dead. So I knew it wasn’t anything I would have to worry about. No chance of my being a saint. So, the verse in Romans 1:7 where Paul says: “To all those in Rome who are called to be saints”, or Romans 8:13, where Paul says to contribute to the needs of the saints, made no sense to me. Did they stick all those super-duper, really good, HOLY people in Rome, and if they were dead, what did they need?  Imagine my surprise when I understood Psalm 31:23: “Love the Lord all his saints..” I am a saint. Not because I’m really good, but because Jesus’ blood washes away all my sin. Jesus makes me a saint.  So I wanted to share two of the saints in my life, with you.

The first is my mother. She’s always been there for me when I needed her. She taught me to love God even before I could walk. She made sure I went to Sunday School, taught me and prayed for me and with me. She had, and has, this one annoying habit, at least it was annoying when I was a child or a teenager. When I would bring a problem to her, she would say, “Pray about it”, and I would be like, “And how is that supposed to help”? But it always did. She still prays, and still teaches. I’m glad that God made her my mom.

The other saint, was a neighbor lady we had. When I was a teenager in 1968, the turmoil in the world truly troubled me. When I had all I could take, I went to see Molly. Molly was a very devout Catholic lady. We used to watch her as she walked to Mass every morning. I don’t think she ever missed. But, one day I went to her, all upset about what was going on in the world. I will never forget what she told me: “Velma, we both worship the same God. Maybe not the same way, but the same God. And, no matter what is going on in the world, God is still in control, so, let’s pray.” I pray God blessed that lady her whole life. I know he did.

I told you about these women in my life because I have a prayer, a double prayer, for you. I pray that God places a saint in your life to guide you, to pray with you. And, I pray that you will be a saint to someone, guide them, pray with them, be there for them.