At the 2003 Western North Dakota Synodical Women’s Organization Convention, the women of Western North Dakota voted to establish a fund to support those women from Western North Dakota who are furthering their education through seminary courses. Throughout the year, the WND Synodical Women’s Organization relies on gifts from our units, clusters, and individuals to replenish this WISE Fund which is then given away in annual awards to eligible candidates. This gives the women a concrete means of showing our women seminarians that they are not only prayed for, but also can receive monetary support for their seminary studies. Since conception, thirty-two women have received financial as well as prayer support, and $49,175 has been given as the WND Women of the ELCA seek to encourage our women in seminary study. Women in Western North Dakota are grateful for their sisters in Christ who are pursuing their calling to serve God in this way, and our women seminarians have expressed their thanks for the support they receive. We are one body in Christ, each one receiving special gifts for the glory of God.
by Janet Rhoads, Christ Lutheran, Minot 2/16/2015