LWML Mite Explanation and History


Based on the Biblical account of the widow’s mite (Luke 21:1-4) the mite box is intended for regular contributions of “mite” offerings above and beyond the support given to congregations and LCMS.


The Widow’s Mite


Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury.  Many rich people threw in large amounts.  But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper  coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.  They gave out of their wealth, but she , out of poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on (Mark 12:41-43).


Mite Boxes — How They Began


Perhaps inspired by the various “cent” or “mite” societies of the early 1800’s the “Woman Mission to Women” (Baptist) urged members in it’s first circular letter in 1871 to use their new mite box to raise funds. The entire family was encouraged to contribute.  The garnet color paper box had an opening on top and the words, “Woman Missions to Women”, in gold letters on the side