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OGT Match Day – September 28
Mark your calendar to Double your Donation and double your impact to help children and families living with poverty and starvation! Thrivent will match online donations on this one day only opportunity - September 28th at Thrivent.com/orphangraintrain. Thrivent has made it easy to donate online by being able to use your routing number from checking or savings account, credit or debit card.
Thank you for helping Orphan Grain Train reach the goal of doubling $24,000.00 to help serve those in need worldwide.
The Passing of OGT's Vice President/CEO
It is with a heavy heart that Orphan Grain Train shares the passing of Clayton Andrews: CEO and Vice President of Orphan Grain Train. Clayton died peacefully on September 15, 2016 with family by his side. Clayton was 96 years old and dedicated his life to Orphan Grain Train since its start in 1992. Clayton passed away on OGT’s Anniversary date of 24 years.
Clayton was owner of Andrews Van Lines, which shipped goods, general commodities and moved military families worldwide. In 1992, Rev. Ray Wilke, Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, returned from a mission trip to Latvia. Pastor Wilke witnessed the poverty people suffered and promised them that he would help. He asked Clayton, because of his shipping knowledge, if he would be able to help get a shipment to Latvia and Clayton said “Yes, we can do that”. Within a year, the first shipment of clothes and quilts shipped to Riga, Latvia and OGT was born.
Clayton helped fund and establish Hope for the Starving LLC, which facilitates Mercy Meals and other food packing programs to feed the starving worldwide. OGT has shipped over 10 million meals throughout the world. He donated several warehouses for storage of OGT donations. Mr. Andrews donated numerous semi tractors and trailers to OGT and was instrumental in starting OGT Logistics. He financially supported OGT privately in many ways, which are known only to him and our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Orphan Grain Train has shipped to 65 different countries and 28 states with more than 2,654 full shipments delivered to date. Mr. Andrews was very dedicated and believed OGT was his “calling” in life with helping needy people in Third World countries and in the US. OGT staff and volunteers will truly miss him.
He is preceded in death by his wife Vivian and leaves behind two daughters, Jean and Jane, their spouses, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandsons.
Visitation will be Tuesday, September 20 from 5-7 p.m. at Home for Funerals in Norfolk, NE. Funeral will be Wednesday, September 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Norfolk, NE. Pastor Wilke and Pastor Asbury will be presiding. Clayton will be laid to rest at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Supplies Needed for Flood Victims in Louisiana
The flooding in Louisiana is devastating and OGT is preparing to ship needed items for disaster relief. OGT’s Norfolk warehouse (located in Norfolk, NE) and some of the other OGT regional locations will be shipping needed supplies. Please contact your local OGT site to see if they are planning to ship to the disaster area. If you are not able to donate needed items and would like to help, please consider a monetary donation for OGT to purchase some of the necessary supplies or to help pay shipping expenses. If you would like to send a monetary donation or donate on line then please designate it to “Louisiana Flood”. You can mail donations to: Orphan Grain Train P.O. Box 1466 Norfolk, NE 68701 or online at Donate Now.
For a list of needed supplies and additional information click on Louisiana Flood Victims.
Thank you for your support of Orphan Grain Train and its mission to help our neighbors devastated and hurting in Louisiana.
Amazon Wish List for Louisiana Flood Victims
OGT is excited to share another way you can donate to the cause of the Louisiana Flood Victims. OGT now has a Wish List with Amazon.com where you can purchase relief supplies that ship directly to the Norfolk warehouse. You can click on the link below or go to amazon.com, create an account, click on Lists (by Shopping cart upper right corner), then Wish List then Your Friends, type in Orphan Grain Train and start shopping.
Thank you for supporting OGT with this domestic disaster.
The Great Need
In loving response to Christ, the Servant, the Orphan Grain Train movement encourages and enables God’s people to share personal and material resources in bringing Christ’s name and character to needy people both far and near. Sometimes that character expresses itself as a word well spoken, sometimes as a bandage well applied, and sometimes as a child well fed.
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Last year more than 4.6 million meals were shipped to starving people around the world.
Only 3 % of every dollar spent go for administration and fundraising. 97% goes for helping needy people.
At last count, more than 2,650 semi- loads or 40 ft. shipping containers of relief supplies have been sent in the united States and worldwide since 1992.
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Relief for Human Need Worldwide Since 1992
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