Central Nebraska

Central Nebraska Branch

Branch Manager
Mr. Dick Troester

P.O. Box 1565
Hastings, NE 68902-1565
(308) 380-3730

427 North Shady Bend Rd.
Grand Island, NE 68801
(308) 850-0363


Central Nebraska Branch Fish Feeds
Fish Feed Teams Needed

Bob & Beth Stark have served the Central Nebraska warehouse by performing fish feeds for many years.
Bob & Beth plan to do fish feeds through at least the end of 2017; however, we are needing volunteers who would be willing to be trained to do fish feeds in the future.  Fish feeds are an important source of funds for the Central Nebraska warehouse's shipping and general operating costs.  Volunteering to help with fish feeds is a good way to support orphan Grain Train.

If interested, please contact Dick Troester at 308-380-3730.

Central Nebraska Volunteers Load for Latvia
Pastor Artis with Gaugaslici Ministry in Cesis, Latvia has received shipments in the past to help support the homeless, mentally ill, and orphans. Central Nebraska Branch volunteers loaded blankets/quilts, church pulpit/baptismal font, candelabras, choir robes, clothing, coats, shoes, hygiene items, medical beds/mattresses, medical equipment/supplies, bicycles, toys, school kits/supplies, and sewing supplies for his ministry. He offers various camps to children and adults along with weekly chapel and a daily soup kitchen. Pastor Artis and the families he shares the gifts with are always appreciative of the goods. The first 3 photos are the volunteers at Central NE Branch loading the shipment. The rest of the pics are from Pastor Artis at Gaugaslici Ministry. The church pews, bikes and clothing were OGT donations.(4/2017)

Loaded for Panama
The Central Nebraska Branch volunteers shipped to Kern and Jennifer Saleena with Church of God of Prophecy in La Chorrera, Panama. They will receive blankets, bedding, sleeping mats, keyboard/organ, clothing, shoes, handbags, chairs, household items, adult and infant diapers, hygiene supplies/ kits, towels, hospital beds, hospital equipment, medical supplies, bicycles, garden tools, toys, school kits/supplies, school sports equipment, sewing machine, and sewing supplies for their ministry and outreach program. They are always so grateful to receive the donations from OGT and be able to help the families in their region.  (3-2017)

Great Gifts Help Many
In early March the Central Nebraska Branch helped the Open Door Mission by donating blankets, quilts, clothes, shoes, and suitcases to them. Every day Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty in the Omaha, NE region. These were many great gifts for the families with the mission.(3/2017)

Helping in Omaha at Open Door Mission
Earlier in February 2017, the Central Nebraska Branch in Grand Island delivered a load to the Open Door Mission in Omaha, NE. The supplies included blankets, clothes, shoes, coats, food and household items. Open door is a homeless shelter and also has an outreach program for those in need. They serve around 2,000 meals daily. Pictures are of Central Nebraska Branch delivering to the Open Door Mission.(2/2017)

Thank You From Panama
Central Nebraska Branch has shipped 3 containers of humanitarian aid to Kern and Jennifer Saleena with Church of God of Prophecy in La Chorrera, Panama. The OGT donations are distributed through their Outreach Mission Center to help low income families, local clinics, churches and schools along with teaching Biblical values and life skills. They have feeding programs that include the teaching and preaching of the Bible. Kern visited the OGT’s home office last year. He is an inspiration and dedicated to helping the less fortunate and sharing the Word of God. Kern is pictured with their banner for Central Nebraska Branch to say “Thank You Orphan Grain Train”!(2/2017)

Helping Locally Blesses Many
In early December 2016 the Central Nebraska Branch helped the Open Door Mission in Omaha, NE. They gave the mission over 800 boxes of winter clothing and will make regular shipments in 2017. The Open Door Mission is a Christian rescue mission that provides safe shelter beds for up to 816 men, women and children each night. They serve over 2,000 hot meals per day and offer preventive measures for more than 275 people living in poverty. They also work with individuals and families to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. All services, clothing and meals are free of charge. Central Nebraska Branch is happy to partner with Open Door Mission.(12/2016)


Shipment Full of Blessings in it's Way
This past September the Central Nebraska Branch volunteers loaded a shipment for La Chorrera, Panama. OGT’s recipient Kern and Jennifer Saleena with The Church of God of Prophecy received the shipment of blankets/bedding, sleeping mats clothes, shoes, jackets, new underwear, diapers, hygiene supplies, soap, towels, hospital beds, medical equipment/supplies, bicycles, toys, typewriters, school desks/supplies, sewing machines with supplies. They have an outreach program for families in rural Panama and medical clinics for the poor.(12/2016)

Domestic Shipment to Bless Many
On August 24, Central Nebraska Branch volunteers loading a shipment for Fort Washakie, WY. Wind River Lutheran Mission received hospital equipment, hygiene items, quilts, clothing, shoes, toys, and school supplies. What blessings for the families and the community.

So Many to Benefit from these Blessings
On July 7, the Central Nebraska Branch volunteers were busy loading a shipment for Cesis, Latvia. Pastor Artis Eglitis’ ministry Gaujaslici will be receiving blankets/quilts/linens, sleeping mats, clothing, coats, and shoes, hygiene items, hospital beds/mattresses, medical equipment, wheelchairs, 12 bikes, typewriters, school and sewing supplies. Gaujaslici has camps for children and pastors, and has Bible classes. It also offers a soup kitchen and help for addicts, homeless people, and those that suffer from mental health issues. Thank you to our donors and volunteers that help get items needed to those in need.(7-2016)

Coordinator for Panama Excited to Help Out!
Wednesday June 15th the Central Nebraska Branch in Grand Island, NE loaded a shipment for Panama. This shipment included blankets, bedding, sleeping mats, clothing, shoes, handbags, diapers, hygiene kits and supplies, towels, canes, commodes, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, orthopedic supplies, bicycles, household items, hospital beds and mattresses, school supplies, school desks, toys, tents, and books. This is the second shipment to Panama this year. The first container was loaded on February 17th arrived and was unloaded on March 21st. Kern and Jennifer Saleena coordinate the receiving and distributing of the goods through the Church of God of Prophecy in La Chorrera, Panama. Kern visited the International Office on Tuesday and on Wednesday he was in Grand Island helping to load this shipment for Panama. Kern was born in Trinidad, came to the U.S. as a young man, later joined the U.S. Army and recently has resided in Grand Island. He and his wife have strong ties to Panama and Central America. The humanitarian aid will be divided among clinics, a mental institution, and churches with outreach programs in the region. It was inspiring to meet Kern and have him a part of the shipment process. The first picture is of Gary Wieck, Central NE Branch Manager; Kern Saleena and Karen Mangels, International Transportation at the International office. The other pictures are of loading the shipment at Central NE warehouse.(6-2016)

Blessings Sent to Mission Texas
June 13th the Central Nebraska Branch volunteers loaded a shipment for Valley Baptist Retreat in Mission, TX. The 1,850 boxes or items loaded included quilts, bedding, clothing, layettes, shoes, handicap items, shower chairs, crutches, walkers, wheel chairs, toys and sleeping mats. Thank you to the volunteers for your hard work with loading all these items and boxes. These are wonderful gifts headed for Mission, TX.(6-2016)

Panama Shipment Arrives!
On Monday, March 21, 2016 the Central Nebraska Branch’s shipment to Panama was delivered and unloaded!! They were very happy and blessed with the shipment and plan to distribute it to those in need after Holy week. Thank you to all the donors and volunteers that made this shipment possible. Pictures are from our recipient unloading the cargo.(3-2016)


An Exciting Day of Work and Fellowship
March 8th, our recipient from Cesis, Latvia, Pastor Artis Eglitis along with his wife Helena and 4 other friends from Latvia helped pack one of their own shipments at the Central Nebraska Branch in Grand Island. This was an amazing experience for everyone. The recipients were able to help pack and load items they will soon be receiving and the OGT volunteers were able to meet the people that will receive their donations half way around the world. They were able to get the shipment loaded and have lunch while getting to know each other.
The shipment included 152 boxes of blankets/quilts, bedding, 23 boxes of sleeping mats, church robes, Christian books, 1,096 boxes of clothing, shoes, coats and accessories, layette kits, household items, hygiene kits, medical equipment, 28 bikes, school kits, supplies, a sewing machine and supplies.
The first picture is of our visitors from Latvia: front row is Pastor Artis and his wife Helena. Second row L to R: Modris Kokins, city manager and their longtime friend which they had met serving in the Russian Army (joining the army was a requirement when Russia ruled Latvia). Aisma and Janis Locmele are Latvian dairy farmers and were able to visit some farms while in Nebraska, and Martins Kuskis who is president of one of the congregations where Pastor Artis preaches. The other pictures are of the visitors and volunteers loading the shipment and enjoying lunch and fellowship. (3-2016)

Thank You to the Volunteers
On Friday, October 30, 2015, Central Nebraska Branch in Grand Island, NE shipped a load to Kyrgyzstan. The volunteers were busy loading 1,161 boxes of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and coats, 183 boxes of blankets/quilts, linens, 7 boxes of towels/washcloths, medical equipment/supplies, 20 bikes, 14 boxes of school supplies and 20 boxes of school kits. A BIG Thank You goes out to all the volunteers that sort, pack and load the semis or containers. They have worked hard to pack and load about 15,000 boxes and items on 11 different shipments for the 2015 year at Central Nebraska Branch! That is a lot of devoted volunteers and blessings packed with love for others. Pictured are the volunteers from Friday’s load to Kyrgyzstan.

Central Nebraska Branch Volunteers

Volunteers Help Unload
Earlier this month, Mission Valley Baptist Retreat Center in Mission TX received blankets, linens, sleeping mats, clothing, purses, shoes, household, hygiene kits, toys, school supplies and PETs (all terrain wheelchairs).  This was a split load with Central Nebraska Branch donating all supplies and Norfolk warehouse donating the PETs.  Distribution of goods will be to children and families in need along the border.  Pictures are of several volunteers unloading the shipment at the Valley Baptist Retreat Center.  (10-2015)

Volunteers of all ages!

Central Nebraska Branch loaded a shipment for Riga, Latvia. The inventory included 1,731 boxes of quilts, linens, clothing, hygiene kits and School supplies. The picture is of the volunteers that worked hard loading all those boxes. They were able to recruit a couple of young, strong helpers. Thank you to all for your time and dedication to serving the mission of OGT. (8-2015)

Unexpected Container
Central Nebraska Branch loaded an unexpected container on Thursday, July 16, 2015 that will ship to the Philippines.  Miss-communication led the Grand Island volunteers to believe that they would be loading on Monday, July 20th.  The container arrived Thursday morning at 9AM.  Quick thinking by the branch’s great leadership resulted in successfully loading this container by 11 AM!  A neighboring construction crew (pictured in red shirts) and Central Nebraska Branch faithful workers provided help.  God Bless these great volunteers that took the unexpected arrival and turned it into a blessing.  28,800 Kids Against Hunger meals, school furnishings, school supplies, medical equipment, sleeping mats, bedding, quilts, tools, sewing machines, and sewing supplies will feed and help many in need in Manila and beyond.

Humanitarian Aid Donated and Shipped 
In January 2015, Central Nebraska Branch shipped a variety of needed items to the Philippines. These blessings included 22,500 Kids Against Hunger meals, bedding, quilts, sleeping mats, hygiene kits, supplies, medical equipment/supplies, school desks/furnishings, school supplies, and bicycles. The pictures are from our recipient, Kids International Ministries, which distributed the items. The first picture is at a feeding using the fortified rice meals donated by OGT. The other two pictures are of Filipinos using a walker and wheel chair donated by OGT. Thank you to everyone that donated the items and to those that helped load the needed cargo!

Latvia Recipients Grateful for Humanitarian Aid
Central Nebraska Branch shipped a load to Cesis, Latvia on October 22, 2014, which arrived November 22, 2014.  The recipients were grateful for the shipment of men’s, women’s, children’s clothing, coats, shoes, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, quilts, linens, school supplies, bikes, medical equipment and supplies.  Pictures are from unloading the items in Latvia and one of the children that got a new bike.   Thank you for all the wonderful donations and to the volunteers that sorted and loaded the items.

Food and Supplies Shipped to the Philippines
On November 12, 2014, Grand Island loaded a container that will ship to Jeff Long with Kids International Ministries in Manila. Inventory included school desks, classroom furnishings, school supplies, medical equipment /supplies, bedding, blankets, and 22,500 Kids Against Hunger meals packed in Hastings, Nebraska. The Philippines just had their first anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda that devastated their country. The shipments are such a blessing to help with the continued rebuilding physically, emotionally and spiritually. Thank you to the volunteers for loading on such a cold day.

Donate Your Used Bikes
We are still accepting bikes in need of repairs that will be taken to Norton, Kansas and distributed at the Norton Correctional Center. Prisoners will be repairing and painting these bikes so that we can send them in future shipments. Thank you for your past donations and for considering making a donation at this time.


Lavia has Blessings Coming Their Way
OGT Central Nebraska Branch in Grand Island, NE shipped a load to Cesis, Latvia this past July 2014. The inventory included men's, women's, and children'sclothing, shoes, coats, quilts, bedding, towels, hygiene supplies, new underwear, diapers, layette kits, orthopedic supplies, typewriter, sewing machines, sewing supplies, and bicycles. The pictures are of some of the recipients receiving the items. What a blessing for the people, especially the children. Thank you to all of those that donated and volunteered their time to pack such precious items. 

Krygyzstan Receives Shipment 
Kyrgyzstan received a shipment on August 14, 2014 that was loaded at the Central Nebraska Branch on June 18, 2014. The inventory included clothing, shoes, coats, hospital beds, crutches, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, commode, sewing supplies, school supplies, blankets, quilts, linens, towels, and hygiene kits. What a blessing for the people in Kyrgyzstan.

Loading Shipment for Latvia
Central Nebraska Branch shipped a load to Latvia on August 20, 2014. Pictured are the volunteers that filled the container to the brim. They worked hard loading 21 boxes of school supplies, 36 bikes, medical equipment, hygiene kits, 1,132 boxes of clothing, 7 boxes of layette kits, choir robs, bed linens and 221 boxes of blankets and quilts. What an awesome job – thank you!

Central Nebraska branch was busy loading a shipment for Cesis, Latvia on Friday, July 18, 2014. The inventory included 1,325 boxes of clothing, coats, shoes, sewing machines, sewing supplies, hygiene supplies, children’s items, diapers, and bicycles. These items are such a blessing for the people in Latvia. Pictured are the volunteers loading with care. Thank you for your time and hard work!

Volunteers Load Shipment
This is a picture of the great volunteers at the Grand Island branch that loaded a container of 1,439 boxes of clothing, shoes, quilts, school and sewing supplies and medical equipment for Kyrgyzstan on June 19, 2014.

Latvia Receives Shipment
On March 31, 2014, Latvia received a shipment from the OGT Grand Island Branch. It was received by a local church and distributed where most needed. The items included men, women, and children's coats & shoes, blankets, bedding, sewing machines, bicycles, suitcases, school supplies, typewriters, crutches, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, church organ, music, sports equipment, hygiene kits and electric medical beds. Pictured are some of the recipients of the shipment.