By Barb Belanski, LWML NID Past President
Lutheran Women in Mission have the opportunity to attend two kinds of
conventions – those at the local or district level and those at the national
level. They are pretty similar in that they both select mission grants, elect
officers and offer a lot of fellowship. But then again, there are some differences.
When a attending a national convention, travel and hotel accommodations
need to be made as well as time away from home or work needs to be
scheduled. A district convention, on the other hand, could possibly require
an overnight but its destination is usually reached by car. So, it’s quite a bit
more expensive and time consuming to attend national conventions.
Do I like national conventions? Yes, I do. The sites for national conventions
offer my husband and me some vacation time – we usually tack on a few
days to do some sight-seeing and extra travel to the
vicinity around the convention site. I also relish the opportunity to meet so many
LWML sisters from around the country. Also, national conventions are very well organized
and they’ve given me many, many ideas to bring home to our district.
Do I like district conventions? Yes, I like them too. As your president, I’ve had the
privilege to help plan and organize two conventions. It’s always rewarding to see the
women and men whom I’ve worked with so closely step up and become willing participants
in our convention proceedings. The challenge of hosting a district convention. is quite awesome but so very fulfilling. You’re in it from beginning
to end and the experience is priceless. Yes, necessary convention business needs to be conducted, but it is so important to allow time for Bible study, service and fellowship.
So, which convention do I like better? I don’t have a definitive answer– I look forward to Mobile and Louisville because I’ve never
been to either of these cities and they will provide me the opportunity to re-connect with so many women I’ve met while being president.
But, I also look forward to 2020 when I will be a ‘regular’ person and have the occasion to visit and catch up with all of you. Continue
to serve Him with gladness!!
My prayer for you is from Philippians 1:9-11. That your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that
you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness
that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.