By Esther Hylden
Ahhh…September…crisp fall evenings, football games, bonfires, school starting…and if you are a Board Member in the AFLC…it means All Boards Meetings at the AFLC Headquarters in Plymouth, Minnesota! Many gather from all over the United States, to pray, to worship, to fellowship and to make decisions and plans for the upcoming year. The WMF board met in Pastor Kevin Olson’s office bright and early Monday morning. Barb Strand opened our meeting by sharing from John 16:33 where Jesus tells us that “in the world, we will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” We all face adverse circumstances as we live in this fallen world, but Jesus comes along side us, puts His arm around us and says, “Take Courage.” Together we sang “This is the Day”, “Jesus, Jesus, Lord to me,” prayed, then got down to the business of WMF! We are honored to be able to support AFLC Home Missions, World Missions, Christian Education and the Director of Development Position. We met with the leaders of our church, and prayed with them. We put our heads together and planned for the upcoming year. Our obligations and the needs of the congregations are many, as a new board member, it all seemed overwhelming. However, as the hours passed by, I was reminded that “God, who called us…is faithful.” ( 1 Cor. 1:9 )
Dear ladies of the WMF…let us join together to bring God’s Word to those who have not heard, and to encourage one another in our walk with the Lord.
It is here! The WMF Resource Manual is ready. Some of the WMF groups who attended WMF Day and Conference 2012 received their copies while there. These Manuals contain all the information that you need as a WMF that is functioning or as a women’s group interested in getting a WMF started. It explains the set up and function of the WMF on all three levels (local, district and national) with other information on Bible study helps, women’s ministry and leadership development. It has project descriptions, missionary information and program ideas from which to draw. It also includes some history of how the WMF began and who has served as officers throughout the years. We hope to get the rest of the manuals distributed by the end of the year to those who didn’t receive their copies yet. The grant that we received did not cover all of the expense of the manual, so if your WMF group or ladies would like to give towards this project please send a donation to our treasurer Lois Grothe.