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Would you like to learn more about Orphan Grain Train and what goes on behind the scenes? Please click on the two short videos below to see OGT in action.
A Very Dear Friend Has Passed
It saddens Orphan Grain Train to share the passing of OGT’s Adopt An Orphanage coordinator Pastor John Reehl. He died Saturday, November 18th at his home in Grand Island, NE at the age of 83. Pastor Reehl graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri in 1960. He served in the parish ministry for 36 years. His last parish was Trinity of Grand Island. During his years as a parish pastor, he also served our Lord and His church as an Army National Guard Chaplain for over 24 years. After retirement, Pastor Reehl was a theological educator in Russia for one year, 1999–2000. In Russia he also began some limited volunteer work with helping to distribute Orphan Grain Train’s humanitarian aid shipment. From 2001–2005 Pastor Reehl assisted with pastoral ministry at an English language Lutheran congregation in Germany. During this time in Europe Pastor Reehl and his wife, June, developed the “Adopt an Orphanage” program for Orphan Grain Train. The program now includes over 85 orphanages, seven hospitals and three prisons in five countries. Pastor Reehl also developed “Warm Boots” for children in Russia to be able to attend school. This program is in its 18th year of collecting monetary donations to purchase boots at Christmas time for orphans.
Pastor Reehl’s favorite saying was “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” That is how he lived his life. Always pointing to Jesus so that everyone can experience heaven!
The Reehls were married in 1957. They were blessed with four children, twelve grand-children and fifteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 24 at Trinity Lutheran church 212 W. 12th Street, Grand Island, NE. A lunch will be served following the service.
OGT Broadcast Live on National Television
NBC Today Show's Al Roker briefly talked about and showed OGT's 35,000 lbs of groceries donated to Trinity Klein Lutheran Church to help hurricane victims in Spring, TX. We are excited and grateful to have one of our disaster relief efforts showcased on NBC Today Show. Click on "Lend a Hand OGT" to view the episode. The photos of the live broadcast are of Al Roker presenting the food and supplies to Senior Pastor Chris Singer. We also have a photo of OGT's driver Mike Fink having his photo taken with Al Roker. What an amazing experience and opportunity to have OGT's shipment of donations aired on national television.
If you would like to learn more about OGT's disaster relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria click on Disaster Relief Efforts . Thank you donors for making these shipments of relief supplies, food, construction materials and cost of setting up the bedroom units possible. OGT could not do this without your generous contributions, support and prayers for our ministry.
Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria Relief Update
The requests OGT has been receiving for assistance in Texas is for tools and building materials for rebuilding homes. OGT recently purchased $40,000.00 worth of drywall, 5 truckloads which were shipped to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Houston for reconstruction of homes. This is just the start of a large commitment to Houston and the Texas coastal region of Rockport and Victoria for restoration and rebuilding of homes destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. On October 30 we will be moving two of our bedroom units (each unit houses 18-20 beds) to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church for volunteers to sleep in while using the Gloria Dei facility for meals and showers. We will also send a container that will store tools for volunteers to access. We plan to be there for the long term and this is just the beginning of our commitment to help with disaster relief of Hurricane Harvey.
Now for Hurricane Irma which destroyed portions of Florida, OGT is planning to send volunteer village units to the Fort Myers area as well as containers of supplies for the rebuilding process. We are looking at options for the village to be in a key location with the ability to obtain proper permits. Orphan Grain Train was stationed and assisted victims of Hurricane Katrina for 5 years and we plan to be a part of the rebuilding of homes destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria for the long term. Pictured is one of the truckloads of drywall heading to Texas on Friday, October 13, 2017.
Orphan Grain Train’s first relief container for Puerto Rico was loaded Thursday, October 26 and is expected to arrive in San Juan on November 14th. A Christian church, Centro Cristiano Gracia Y Verdad will be receiving the shipper owned container filled with bottled water, generators, canned food, baby food, diapers, cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies, household items, and clothes. Cornerstone Ministry Center in Seymour, Indiana loaded the container with donated goods from the area along with supplies from OGT’s Indiana Branch in Jonesville, Indiana. Hurricane Relief funds donated to OGT’s International office were used to fund this first of several planned shipments for Puerto Rico. These goods will be distributed to the many families and individuals of Puerto Rico whose lives have been shattered by Hurricane Maria. Please pray for improved living conditions and comfort for the children, families and workers in Puerto Rico.
If you would d like to donate construction supplies, they can be delivered to OGT's Norfolk warehouse at 606 West Phillip Avenue Monday through Friday from 9 AM – 4 PM. Monetary donations can be sent to Orphan Grain Train, P. O. Box 1466, Norfolk, NE 68702 or donate on line by clicking the Donate button. Please indicate Hurricane Relief. If you would like to double your donations and your impact please read below about Thrivent Financial's amazing offer. Thank you for assisting the victims of the hurricanes through Orphan Grain Train. Please pray for those that have lost so much.
Double Your Donation for victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria
Once again Thrivent Financial will double your contribution for Orphan Grain Train through Thrivent’s website. You can make a personal donation on Thrivent.com for OGT to provide assistance to hurricane victims. When you do, Thrivent will double the impact - up to $3 million. This opportunity will run until the $3 million match is met or until December 31, 2017, whichever comes first. Go to Thrivent.com to learn more about Thrivent’s disaster response or click here to make your online donation. To be eligible for the Thrivent match, all donations must be made online through Thrivent’s website. What a wonderful way to double your impact for those in desperate need.
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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