What's Your 80?

On July 7–8, 1942, delegates from fifteen districts and five pastors appointed by the Synod gathered at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois, and founded the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Eighty years later, LWML is still going strong and living out its mission to “joyfully proclaim Christ, support missions, and equip women to honor God by serving others.” So how does one celebrate eighty years of God’s blessings in the mission field? For the LMWL, the answer is simple – Do More! The What’s Your 80? project encouraged each member, group, zone, or district to reflect God’s love by blessing others with 80 of something. During this past year the LMWL groups across the Texas District have thrown anniversary parties and blessed others with lots of 80s. Happy Anniversary LWML!

Food and clothing for ministry
Abilene — Our Savior Joyful Angels and Gleaners collected food and new clothing for Love and Care Ministries.

Food collected for ministry
Abilene — Collection for Love and Care Ministries which serves the poor and homeless in Abilene, Merkel, and Clyde.

women with care packages
Coastal Bend Zone — Event attendees made 80 final exam care packages and cards for TAMUK students. Each LWML group brought at least 80 items.

students at TAMUK with care packages
Coastal Bend Zone — Allison Ulmer distributed the care packages to the TAMUK students, including members of the baseball team and music department.

Melanie Rios with gifts for Any Baby Can
San Antonio — Concordia Lutheran Women in Mission invited Melanie Rios from Any Baby Can to speak to their group and they collected over 80 items of diapers, wipes, formula, and toys.

women making hygiene kits
Houston — Concordia Women's Club collected and packaged 80 hygiene kits for Orphan Grain Train.

Women with hygiene kits
Houston — Concordia Women's Club with hygiene kits for Orphan Grain Train.

80 items collected by Crown of Life
Trinity Zone — Crown of Life LWML collected 80+ canned food and pantry items for Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County.

women with cereal boxes
Pearland — Epiphany DayLilies collected 80 boxes of cereal for the Epiphany Food Pantry.

Holy Cross Warda ladies serving food
Warda — The ladies of Holy Cross prepared and served a meal to all of their church members over  80 years old.

women with jars of peanut butter
Amarillo — Prince of Peace collected 80 jars of peanut butter and jelly and 80 pairs of socks which were donated to the local Salvation Army.

Austin — Redeemer Women in Mission

food items
Austin — Redeemer Women in Mission collected pinto beans, rice and macaroni and cheese for a local food bank.

Denton ladies collected for First Refuge Ministries
Denton — St Paul women collected 188 pounds of food for First Refuge Ministries.

Women with gifts of baby formula
Spring — Resurrection LWML ladies donated 80 cans of baby formula to the local pregnancy assistance ministry. 

Two ladies with baby bottle project
Houston — Our Savior Cheerful Helpers Night Circle completed their Baby Bottle Boomerang project and filled 80 baby bottles with change to benefit Blue Blossom Pregnancy Centers. 

signs on LWML What's Your 80
Plano — Faith LWML collecting 80 set of sheets for Gracewood for Convention Gifts from the Heart Ingathering.

Women with cleaning products
Stephenville — Faith LWML collected 80 items for Restoration Advocate.

Women with items for nursing home
Brenham — Grace ladies made 80 bibs for local nursing homes.

women with butterflies
Brenham — Grace ladies made colorful butterflies for hand puppets to be decorated by the children at VBS this summer. They also collected items for hospice patients in Brenham.

women with food items
Walburg — Zion LWML ladies collected 80 canned goods for the Jarrell food pantry.

women with LWML items
Katy — Memorial LWML ladies collected socks and underwear for men and boys. 

women at Rock Bottom Ranch
Centerville — Our Savior LWML supported Rock Bottom Ranch (pictured) with a gift of $80. Rock Bottom Ranch, Palestine, is a transitional recovery home for women coming out of incarceration who want to break free from addictive behaviors. 

women with canned goods
Anderson — Zion LWML women collected 80 items for the local food pantry. 

Women with sacks of goodies
Copperas Cove —Lydia’s Ladies of Immanuel (Sunshine Zone) blessed the Copperas Cove ISD Transportation Department, which includes bus drivers, aids, mechanics, and other staff, with 99 goodie bags in appreciation for the work they do in safely transporting children to and from school.

women with school supplies
Houston — Family of Faith LWML (Golden Harvest Zone) purchased school supplies for two preschools in two geographical areas. 

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