A few weeks ago Deaconess Perla Rodriguez attended the LWML Biennial National Convention, which is a gathering of Lutheran women from around the country who raise money for missions and then assign it to different ministries.
Perla is also the District Leader for the Heart to Heart Sisters Program, which is a group who reaches out to ethnic women and invites them to learn more about the LWML and it's goals and support for the Church.
Having a member of LINC being apart of this group is very beneficial because all people are important to God.
God has given everyone gifts and talents and within the church you find a cluster of gifts and talents that God wants to use to grow His kingdom and for His purpose.
This was God's way from the very beginning, God loves Diversity!
This was and still is Jesus' way as well, His first 12 came from different places and from different backgrounds and had different gifts and talents.
Therefore, as the Word states that we should be imitators of God, LINC takes this seriously, so DIVERSITY is LINC's only way. Matthew 28:19 and Acts 1:8 says it all.
Perla says conventions like these motivate her to serve even more, as this is a time of focusing on God alone.
She says she gets to see the need of many around our nation and meet many people, hear their testimony, and see what God is doing and has done through their lives because others spoke to them about our Lord Jesus.
She says she can see first hand the power of God in the lives of others, and it inspires her and motivates her to continue to spread His Word!
Women from a few of LINC's mission churches attended the Heart to Heart Sisters program training in Pittsburgh before the LWML Convention in order to return home and help start LWML societies within their congregations and other LINC mission churches.
After their 2-day training, they were commissioned, received their Heart to Heart Sisters' shawls and pins, and were blessed by LWML Pastoral Counselor John Hickman.