Kansas Collection Center

John White - Coordinator

341 F Street
Philipburg, KS 67661

Kansas 2009
Orphan Grain Train - with worldwide humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies
John 14:18 - “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.”

A recent National Convention of the Orphan Grain Train was held at Norfolk, Nebraska with 16 people from Kansas as part of the 345 attendees. Eight speakers, four breakout workshops and a 50-minute opening devotion and 30-minute closing devotion were a part of the convention. Convention speakers told about the tornado recovery efforts in Greensburg, Kansas, the Katrina disaster area, and Hurricane Ike in the Houston gulf coast area. Thank yous were given to Orphan Grain Train for much assistance to these disaster areas. Plan to attend the next Orphan Grain Train convention the weekend of September 17-18, 2010.

In 2008, Orphan Grain Train shipped 147 semi-loads and containers with another 50 smaller units delivering aid. This past August, four overseas shipments went to Armenia, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan and items from the Lutheran Laymen’s League went to Nicaragua, including Bibles, medical equipment and supplies, clothing, bicycles, sewing machine and disinfectants. There were 16 domestic shipments that included backpacks-bedding-blankets and Bibles, clothes; shoes, toys, desks, school supplies household items; stove, microwave and refrigerator.

Since January 1, 2009, the Kansas Division has sent to the national warehouse in Norfolk: 53 hospital beds, 15 walkers, 74 pieces of medical equipment and 67 boxes of medical supplies, six pieces of optometry equipment, 532 pieces of new underwear and socks, 565 lbs of unsorted clothes and blankets, 2,500 boxes of sorted clothes, 815 boxes of new clothes and backpacks. 330 quilts, 200 sleeping bags and small denim lap quilts, 2,500 insulin syringes, 52 arm chair desks and 50 bicycles.
Thank you for your support to help meet shipping costs. 

Orphan Grain Train Kansas Division
c/o Bud Heisterman
RR 2 Box L26
Luddell, Kansas 67744-9753
Orphan Grain Train 
PO Box 1466
Norfolk, NE 68702

Ysleta Lutheran Mission of El Paso, Texas
At the Orphan Grain Train Convention, one of the sectional breakout sessions was a Ysleta Lutheran Mission presentation by Trisha Heimer, the daughter-in-law of Rev. Karl Heimer who was unable to attend this year’s convention because he was conducting a funeral. Trisha thanked Orphan Grain Train for its many loads of humanitarian aid. With six pastors and a vicar they serve 15 communities along the border and into Mexico. One of the neighboring communities they are trying to help is Sparks with 793 households and 2,974 people who were trying to rebuild after a severe flood. This past year the Ysleta Mission received help from 1,600 volunteers. The area they serve has felt the closing of 150 factories along the U.S.-Mexico border. They welcome your prayers, cash donations and volunteer hours that you can provide.