Current Relief Efforts
Bunk Beds and Food bring such Delight
Josias Marin, one of OGT’s recipients in Haiti recently received bunk beds, Kids Against Hunger meals and pinto beans to share with families in his region. He sent these pictures of food distribution and of some children enjoying the beds. Josias shared the joy he experiences handing out the packets of food because of how grateful the people are and how it impacts their lives.(7-2016)
Aid is on its way to Ecuador
Victims of the April 16th earthquake in Ecuador will soon be receiving aid and food from the Norfolk warehouse. Orphan Grain Train partnered with Kids Around the World (KAW) to ship 105 boxes of blankets/quilts, 280 boxes of clothing and shoes, 100 water filters for purifying drinking water, 7,700 pounds of processed beans, 149,688 Mercy meals, 28,512 Kids Against Hunger meals and 10 boxes of hygiene kits. OGT’s South Dakota Collection Center contributed funds to assist with this shipment. This first shipment of relief supplies should arrive in Manta, Ecuador on June 14, 2016. KAW staff with the help of local congregations will distribute the relief goods to families affected by the earthquake. Thousands of people are still living in tents and the need for help is great. Please pray for the families of Ecuador. OGT would like to thank our supporters for helping to make this shipment happen. Pictures are of the Norfolk warehouse volunteers loading the shipment for Ecuador.(5-2016)
Shipment #2 for Refugees in Greece
On May 12th the Norfolk warehouse volunteers were busy loading a shipment of humanitarian aid supplies donated from the Omaha, NE area. OGT delivered a container to the parking lot of Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church for people to drop off specific donations for refugees in Greece. Divine Shepherd, along with the help from Dr. Sehr Haroon with S.E.H.R. Mission, there was an awesome response and the container was full in about 3 weeks. OGT brought the container back to the warehouse to inventory all items and reload the supplies for the journey to Greece. The goods included diapers, premade baby formula, clothes, food, blankets, and hygiene supplies. Thank you to everyone that donated and helped to send relief supplies to the children and families in the refugee camps. The first two pictures are of the container at Divine Shepherd and the other pictures are of volunteers loading the container at the Norfolk warehouse.(5-2016)
Flooding in Haiti Causing Problems
It is the beginning of the rainy season in Haiti and Cite Soleil is starting to have terrible flooding. One of our recipients, Sandra Koch with Help for Haiti says the water in the high mountains flows down into one canal in Cite Soleil which is so clogged with debris, that the canal overflows bringing the sewage, trash, and flooding into the streets and right in the houses because when you enter a house you step down, not up. The houses are lower than the street so with every rain and flood, the houses flood. A two-foot high wall was built around a school to keep it from flooding. The canal, with all the rain, overflowed the wall--right into a school and thousands of little houses. The floodwaters are a mess but the sewage and trash are the real problem with potential health issues. Help for Haiti has sent food, beans, clothes, buckets, and blankets donated from OGT to victims of the flood. The pictures are from Sandra of precious Haitian children with trash and sewage from the flooding in the background.(5-2016)
In the Midst of Suffering there is Hope
On April 16th, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck the east coast of Ecuador killing more than 650 people and injuring 16,600. Some 7,000 buildings were destroyed leaving 25,000 men, women and children living in tents. Orphan Grain Train wants to help the families devastated by the destruction and has partnered with Kids Around the World (KAW) to work with their recipient in Ecuador to receive a shipment of humanitarian aid. The shipment will enter through the port of Guayaquil and then be transported to the town of Puertoviejo, which will be the distribution hub for relief supplies to all of the surrounding communities hardest hit by the earthquake. Orphan Grain Train is planning to ship 7,700 pounds of edible dry beans, 26,136 Kids Against Hunger meals and 154,656 Mercy Meals, blankets/quilts, clothing, shoes, and hygiene kits the first week of May. The need is immediate and long-term. Orphan Grain Train plans to make this an ongoing mission for the families in Ecuador hurting from the loss of lives and destruction from the earthquake. If you would like to make a donation to help with the shipping costs of relief supplies for the earthquake victims, please send your check marked for “Ecuador” to Orphan Grain Train P.O. Box 1466 Norfolk, NE 68701 or donate online at www.ogt.org. Thank you for your support with the missions of Orphan Grain Train.(4-2016)
Final Destination Reached
Fecruary 8th OGT received great news that the shipment for Bhaktapur, Nepal was delivered. This container was loaded at the Norfolk warehouse last August with 114,048 Kids Against Hunger meals, blankets, bowls, solar ovens, hygiene kits, medical equipment, medical supplies, medical linens, and PETs (all terrain wheelchairs) in a 40 foot container that will stay with the recipient in Nepal. Our recipient, B.P.Eye Foundation, unloaded the container at their facility. They shared photos and words of gratitude for the container and humanitarian aid shipped. There is still a lot of help and work needed for the earthquake victims and rebuilding Nepal.(2-2016)
Detour for Nepal Shipments
On July 10, 2015 one of two containers of relief aid for Bhaktapur, Nepal was loaded. The inventory included 41,472 Kids Against Hunger meals, blankets/quilts, diapers, and building tarps. Unfortunately, this container has been waiting in Kolkata, India for delivery into Nepal. Nepal is an inland country. The border between India and Nepal has been closed or allowing only very limited deliveries for the last 3 months. With no guarantee of transportation to Nepal any time soon, the decision has been made to divert this aid to another recipient in northern India. This will limit the daily storage and other charges that have incurred while waiting. The container of goods will be unloaded at the India recipient’s warehouse and delivered by truck to Nepal. There are still many hurting and in need in Nepal. Pray with us that the borders will be opened and these goods will get to the people affected by the April earthquake. The second container for Kathmandu, Nepal will arrive in Kolkata this week. This shipment may need to be redirected as well. Thank you for your prayers. (10-2015)
Third Shipment to Nepal
OGT’s third shipment to Nepal is on its way. It should arrive by ocean vessel to Kolkata, India around October 12 and then travel by truck to Children’s Hospital and Rehabilitation Facility in Bhaktapur, Nepal. What a journey for 70 boxes of blankets/quilts, 114,048 Kids Against Hunger meals, cereal bowls, 35 boxes of hygiene kits, medical beds, equipment, 7 adult and 10 children’s PETs (all terrain wheelchairs), medical linens, supplies and 4 sun ovens. Nepal continues to recover slowly from the April 25th earthquake. All donations for Nepal and shipping expenses are appreciated – thank you. (8-26-2015)
Millions Fed by OGT!!
Orphan Grain Train is proud to announce that we shipped close to 3.5 million meals last fiscal year, which ended May 31, 2015! OGT has shipped more than 10 Million meals since we started! That is many tummies filled, bodies nourished, and hope given. Thank you for your donations that help to make this mission possible. Praise be to God! (7-2015)
Another Shipment for Nepal
Nepal will soon be receiving its second shipment of humanitarian aid from Orphan Grain Train. The children and families of Nepal are still hurting and struggling from the destruction of the earthquake this past April. Norfolk warehouse is funding the transportation of this shipment out of Ohio and its final destination will be Bhaktapur, Nepal, right outside of Kathmandu. Our recipient is excited to be receiving 41,472 Kids Against Hunger meals, 72 boxes of diapers, 25 boxes of quilts, and 84 tarps. Thank you to everyone that donated to help make this shipment possible! (7-2015)
OGT Helps People in Kansas
Jefferson County in North East Kansas is under a ‘boil water’ order from the State Sanitation Department. The need for drinking water in Jefferson County KS was brought on by heavy rains. Contaminated runoff polluted a large reservoir that supplies several villages in the county, so residents will be required to boil their drinking water for the next 30 days. During the week of June 15th we delivered semi-trailer full of bottled water as well as a 6,000 gallon tank trailer filled with clean drinking water to Ozawkie, KS. The trailer was parked at a distribution site so that residents can fill their larger containers from the spigots on our trailer. When the trailer is empty, a local trucker will move the trailer to a fill site, then refill it and bring it back to the distribution site. This process will repeat as often as needed. This is another way that Orphan Grain Train Disaster Relief reaches out to help those who are suffering. (6-17-2015)
Food Being Shared
Orphan Grain Train’s rice meals are nourishing destitute families in the village of Kothok in Nepal! OGT had the rice meals air transported to Kathmandu, Nepal where our recipient picked up the food and is distributing it. Kothol is in a remote area and was severely damaged by the April earthquake. Many not only lost their homes but they also lost loved ones in the earthquake. We pray the food can give them some hope and strength with the rebuilding of their lives. (6/8/2015)
First Shipmet Received at Nepal!
Orphan Grain Train’s first shipment of food to Nepal has made it! Praise the Lord! After hours in customs, our recipient, First Love Nepal, was able to receive the 65 boxes of rice meals donated by Midwest Food Bank. They plan to feed some of the desperate, hurting families in the village of Kothok, which was severely damaged by the earthquake. The food was air transported from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. The first picture is the food packaged for air transport and the other picture is of a worker for First Love Nepal. Another shipment of food, medical and relief supplies is scheduled to be loaded at the Norfolk warehouse in June. (5/26/2015)
Two Shipments for Nepal are Planned
There has been some delay in getting the food shipment to Nepal due to the airport temporarily closing from earthquake damage in Kathmandu. The airport is now open but very backed logged with all the relief efforts. The shipment is booked for air travel on May 22 from Chicago’s O’Hara Airport and destined for the airport in Kathmandu. Midwest Food Bank of Indiana has donated 14,256 processed rice meals and OGT is arranging and funding the transportation. Our recipient, First Love Nepal, will distribute the food to the hurting families in the village of Kothok. We are planning a second shipment for Kathmandu, which is with a different recipient. This shipment will be medical equipment for the hospital in Kathmandu and is expected to leave the end of June. Please continue to pray for these and future shipments to make it safely to Nepal and for hope and healing for the hurting families and the country of Nepal. We know this is going to be a costly endeavor, so if you would like to make a donation to help offset the cost, you can do so on our website, www.ogt.org. Checks can be made payable to Orphan Grain Train, marked “International Disaster Fund” and mailed to PO Box 1466, Norfolk, NE 68702-1466.
First Shipment to Nepal
Nepal earthquake victims will be receiving their first shipment of food from OGT. Midwest Food Bank of Indiana is donating 14,256 processed rice meals and OGT is arranging and funding the transportation. We are looking at a couple different options for getting the supplies to Nepal. Our recipient, First Love Nepal, will distribute the food to the hurting families in the village of Kothok. They have set up camp and are offering physical, emotional, spiritual and medical help wherever possible. Please continue to pray for the hurting families of Nepal and for the food to deliver safely. The first picture is of a nursing student from First Love Nepal with a newborn baby that she helped to deliver on the side of the road. The other picture is of college students helping to distribute food at their camp. (May 5, 2015)
Orphan Grain Train is Accepting Donations for Nepal Earthquake Victims
Following the recent destruction and devastation caused by the earthquake that hit Nepal, Orphan Grain Train is preparing to ship relief supplies to the area and see how we can best assist in the relief effort there. As soon as we have a list of needed items, we will post it on our website, our Facebook page, and release it to local media outlets. We know this will be a costly endeavor, so if you would like to make a donation to help offset the cost, you can do so on our website, click the Donate tab. Checks can be made payable to Orphan Grain Train, marked “International Disaster Fund” and mailed to PO Box 1466, Norfolk, NE 68702-1466. Thank you for your support of our ministry and helping the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.(April 2015)
Humanitarian Aid Shipment Received
The Republic of Georgia received a container of humanitarian aid on February 25, 2015. It successfully cleared customs and then was taken to its final destination in Mtskheta, where it was unloaded into a warehouse. The much needed cargo included blankets/quilts, canes, crutches, walkers, PETs (all terrain wheelchairs), hygiene kits, school supplies, and 158,400 Mercy Meals. The items will be distributed to families and facilities in need of the help and support.
OGT Continues to Ship Humanitarian Aid
Saturday, November 8th marked the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda that devastated the Philippines. More than 6,300 lives were lost and 4 million people were left homeless. OGT has shipped several containers full of school supplies, clothing, medical supplies/equipment, and hygiene kits. We have shipped over 3.4 million meals since November 8, 2013. There is still more to be done and we ask that you continue to pray for the children and families still effected by the massive destruction in the Philippines.
Shipment received in Nicaragua
On October 23, 2014, Norfolk warehouse shipped a container of humanitarian aid to Leon, Nicaragua. The shipment arrived safely this past week. The recipients were relieved to receive 72,000 Mercy Meals, school furnishings and supplies, men's, women's and children's clothing, shoes, medical equipment, toys, baseball equipment, layette kits, sewing machines, sewing/craft supplies, bedding, blankets and quilts. The pictures are of the families that received aid from this shipment.
South Dakota Receives Help with Recent Flood
This past June 2014, South Dakota, specifically Lincoln County, received over 20 inches of rain. As a result, flooding became a real problem for the residents of this area. One of the biggest concerns for the area were the homes and families that have had their furnaces destroyed from the flood. With the onset of winter there is a strong need for these furnaces to be purchased and installed in time for the cold months ahead.
The Orphan Grain Train Collection Center in Milbank, South Dakota donated $2,000, and the home office of Orphan Grain Train, in Norfolk, Nebraska, donated an additional $8000 to Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, to help with the funding and purchase of furnaces for the victims of the flood.
“It is our mission to help the victims of disasters in all regions of the world, but especially to our friends and neighbors here in the states. June was a destructive month for this region of the country and with the generous donations of our supporters and the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, it is a priority for us to provide much needed aid for these families!” Grant Schmidt, Vice President of Operations for Orphan Grain Train.
A New Alter Installed
The mobile chapel has been set up in Pilger, NE near where St. John’s Lutheran Church once stood. The church building was destroyed by a tornado last June 16. The altar, lectern and baptismal font were installed. Orphan Grain Train is grateful for the opportunity to help people who were faced with such devastation and to provide a place to gather and worship our great God. The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Disaster Response Division helped fund the mobile chapel with a grant to Orphan Grain Train.
The Mobile Chapel Gets a New Home
Orphan Grain Train’s mobile chapel is nearly complete and has moved to its temporary resting place in Pilger, NE. St. John’s Lutheran Church will use the mobile chapel until they rebuild their church building which was destroyed by a tornado in June. The mobile chapel will seat 70 to 100 people and has a restroom. It will have its first church service this weekend with a dedication at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 7. Orphan Grain Train is excited and proud to be able to give people a place to gather and worship in a time of such destruction and sadness. Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Disaster Response gave a grant to OGT to help with the funding of the mobile chapel.
Mobile Chapel's Outside is Finished
The Mobile Chapel that is being built at the OGT Norfolk Office is about finished on the outside. The roof is on and it has been painted. This Mobile Chapel is being built by Orphan Grain Train and is being funded by a grant from Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. The Chapel will be placed in Pilger, NE for Pastor Terry Makelin to use as his temporary church until St. John’s Lutheran Church is rebuilt. The church building was destroyed by a tornado in June.
Mobile Chapel Being Built
Due to a generous donation from The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, Orphan Grain Train is in the process of building a mobile chapel that will provide for a place of worship for the members of St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Pilger, Nebraska. We are both pleased and proud to be able to provide a place of worship for the members of St. John’s, as they continue to recover from the June tornado that destroyed their church building. Through generous donations, Orphan Grain Train has been able to provide aid to many families in Pilger as well as to families in northeast Nebraska. We are saddened by the damage that was done by this tornado and the hardships that so many have had to deal with. Our prayer at OGT is that this chapel will allow the members of St. John’s and the community of Pilger, to gather and worship together as they continue to rebuild. (August 15, 2014)
The Stories Bring Tears to Our Eyes
As of August 15, 2014, Orphan Grain Train has given out over $80,000.00 to northeast Nebraska tornado victims. The families have shared how they lost everything except the clothes on their back. They recount the horrors of living through the tornado, huddled in their basements while their houses are lifted off the foundations and then looking up into the blackened sky. Orphan Grain Train is committed to giving 100% of donations to the northeast Nebraska tornado victims. OGT has also delivered 21- forty-foot security storage units to tornado victims to lock up their salvaged possessions. There is still much that needs to be done for the families that lost everything; homes, cars, and belongings in the tornadoes last June. If you would like to donate to Nebraska tornado victims, please designate on the check and mail to Orphan Grain Train P.O. Box 1466 Norfolk, NE 68702 or go online to www.ogt.org. Thank you for your support.
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ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN HELPING DONATE A MOBILE CHURCH TO PILGER
NORFOLK- An international service organization is building a mobile chapel for a northeast Nebraska town still rebuilding from this summer's tornado strike.
The Orphan Grain Train has helped hundreds of tornado victims across northeast Nebraska with everything from storage bins for their valuables, to donating thousands of dollars to help get residents back on their feet.
Now, the service organization is about to bring a mobile chapel to Pilger to help serve as a temporary gathering place for the St John's Lutheran Churches congregation. The Parrish was destroyed in the June 16th tornado,with the churches bell tower left as the only reminder of its existence.
Orphan Grain Train's Vice President of Operations Grant Schmidt says as Christians how we react can bring other people to believe in the faith of God.
Schmidt: "By bringing a place where this town can now congregate, meet, and be together and have a sense of belonging then it gives people a sense of hope."
Construction of the mobile chapel is being funded by a grant from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Disaster Response, and can fit between 70 and 100 people inside. The church is expected to be delivered on the first Friday in September, with a dedication of the mobile chapel taking place the afternoon of September 7th.
OGT Continues to Help Tornado Victims of Northeast Nebraska
Since the end of July, Orphan Grain Train has given over $70,000.00 to the tornado victims to allow for them to use for their own specific needs. We are committed to giving 100% of all donated money directly to the victims of the storms.
We have met with a grandmother who lost her granddaughter, as well as having her daughter( the child’s mother), severely injured in the tornado, we met with a single mother of four that had nothing left, as well as a couple who now has only a trailer to live in for the next 12 months. All the stories are real and brings a tear to all of our eyes. We want to thank the many people, churches, and organizations that have sent us their donations for the victims of the Northeast Nebraska Storms. We are able to give some form of aid to the people that are desperately in need! It is humbling to hear the heartache and stories of loss that each of these families have experienced, but it is a true blessing that all of us here at OGT can express God’s love to the victims through these gifts and acts of kindness!
Several of the victims who admitted that they had not been at church for awhile, have expressed their gratitude and stated that as a result of having their life spared and receiving OGT financial support and aid, they will be giving thanks to God, and returning their family back to church. To all of us here at OGT, there could not be a better response!
Pilger and Northeast Nebraska are Devastated by Tornadoes
The people of Pilger, Nebraska and the surrounding area were devastated by tornadoes on June 16, 2014. OGT was there that night and again the next morning to see what we could do to help. Pilger has been evacuated and is in the process of assessing the situation. At this time, OGT is accepting donations for Pilger & Northeast Nebraska Tornado Relief Fund. The monies will be used however needed for disaster relief for the people of Pilger and the surrounding area. To donate, please mail check to Orphan Grain Train P.O.Box 1466 Norfolk, NE 68702 or go to our website www.ogt.org. The pictures are of the destruction of Pilger.
Clayton Andrews Visits Pilger, NE
Clayton Andrews, co-founder and CEO of Orphan Grain Train, is at the Disaster Communication Center in Pilger, Nebraska shortly after a tornado ripped through the town. Clayton was assessing the damages and seeing how OGT could best serve the people devastated by the tornadoes.
Orphan Grain Train Delivers Storage Containers to Tornado Victims
On June 16, 2014, Pilger and northeast Nebraska were devastated by several tornadoes. After the tornadoes hit, families began to rummage through what was once their home to find whatever possessions they had left. Then what do they do with the possessions, where do they put them? Most of the tornado victims didn’t even have a car left. Orphan Grain Train immediately started delivering 40’ security storage containers at no charge for the tornado victims to use for their few salvaged possessions. The containers were placed in Pilger and surrounding communities devastated by the tornadoes. Pictured are some of the containers located in Pilger, NE.
Voluteers to Help Out
The picture is of volunteers in Pilger, Nebraska taking a break from the hot sun and cleaning up from the tornadoes that destroyed 75% of the town on June 16. The Orphan Grain Train truck is a refrigeration truck to keep water cold for the volunteers. OGT has also placed several 40 ft. security storage containers throughout northeast Nebraska for tornado victims to put their possessions. Thank you to the volunteers for your help and support for the people devastated by the tornadoes.
St. John's Lutheran Church is Destroyed by Tornado
St. John’s Lutheran Church and parsonage in Pilger, NE were destroyed by a tornado. Pastor Terry Makelin and his family were not home at the time of the tornado. All that is left of the church is the bell tower to show where the church once stood. Pictured are Pastor Makelin and Grant Schmidt of Orphan Grain Train.
Orphan Grain Train Helps St. John Lutheran Church of Pilger, NE
Pastor Terry Makelin of St. John Lutheran Church of Pilger, NE lost his church building and personage in the June 16, 2014 tornado. All that was left standing was the bell tower. Neither he nor his family were home during the tornado. Orphan Grain Train is supplying a mobile office unit for the church to operate out of until a more permanent office can be built. OGT also put up tents where the church once stood for St. John’s parish to have church service. Pictured is Pastor Makelin at his temporary church office and the tents are his temporary church service site.
Orphan Grain Train Shipped to 21 Different Countries
Orphan Grain Train shipped 83 loads internationally during our 2013-2014 Fiscal year. The shipments went to 21 different countries. Thank you to all the volunteers, donors and employees that helped provide humanitarian aid and support to those in need.