Maryland Branch

Manager: Elfie Eberle
621 East West Blvd.
Millersville, MD 21108
(410) 544-1621

Mailing Address:
Elfie Eberle
c/o St. Paul Lutheran Church

31 Rowe Blvd.
Annapolis, MD 21401

We offer opportunities for hands-on mission activities!  

Volunteers Needed for Packing/Sorting:
Every Tuesday:  9 - 1 p.m.
2nd Saturday of every month:  9 - 1 p.m.

Donations will be accepted: 
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday  10am - 1pm


Orphan Grain Train - Maryland Branch

Items accepted for Donation
Cleaning supplies (for disaster relief)
Clothing and shoes/boots (in good condition)
Winter Coats (distribution in Baltimore)
Dental Supplies
Medical Equipment (including by not limited to):
Walkers, canes, crutches, shower chairs, hospital beds, sheets
Hospital Equipment – baby warmers, heart monitors, therapy tables
Surgical equipment
School Supplies:
Backpacks, new crayons, paper, markers/pencils, chalk boards, desks
Sports equipment
Sewing Supplies (including but not limited to):
Sewing machines, sewing fabric, thread, sewing needles

Impacting Liberia Through Gifts
July 20th the Maryland Branch volunteers were busy loading for Lutheran Schools in Liberia. Joe Boway with the Lutheran Church in Liberia will be receiving clothes, shoes, commodes, school furnishings, and school books to share with the schools and those in need. Joe Boway will be speaking about how OGT donations impact the Lutheran schools in Liberia at our upcoming 25th Anniversary convention in September. (7/2017)

Shipment to South Sudan On Its Way
The Maryland Branch had special volunteers loading their shipment for South Sudan. Three of the eighteen volunteers were US citizens yet were South Sudanese by birth. They helped to load 10,152 Kids Against Hunger meals, clothing, hygiene supplies, medical equipment/supplies, sewing machines, sewing supplies, and fabric in a 40’ container that will stay in Juba, South Sudan. The Episcopal Church of South Sudan will receive the goods and keep the container. They plan to cut our windows and a door to make it into a sewing classroom to teach South Sudanese women a practical trade. The first picture is of the three men Lt to Rt: Mario Bol, Dr. Benjamin Machar, and Amal Athieu. Enjoy the rest of the loading pictures.(7/2017)

India's Christian Charitable Trust Shipment Arrived
In April the Maryland Branch volunteers loaded a shipment for India. Early July 2017 Christian Missions Charitable Trust received the shipment and was able to unload hospital furnishings, medical supplies/ linens, adult diapers, hygiene kits/supplies, and sewing machines. The ministry teaches young girls a trade to become more self-sufficient and independent. Their soup kitchen feeds the neglected elderly and those living on the streets. They also have Bethany Healthcare Center where they offer free health care to those living in poverty. What wonderful blessings for the ministry to use to help those in desperate need. Thank you to our donors and volunteers for helping in India.(7/2017)

More Shunts to Save Lives!
OGT and especially the Maryland Branch Manager Elfie Eberle are excited to share the great news that Integra LifeSciences donated 318 lifesaving shunts valued just under $595,000.00! The shunts are being shipped to Dr. Karachev with National Center of Maternity and Childhood Care in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Integra Lifesciences has now donated a total of 2,568 shunts for poverty stricken families in Kyrgyzstan that need to save their child’s life with hydrocephaly, also known as “water in the brain”. Dr. Karachev receives the shunts and is so grateful with their high quality and being able to offer them free to low income families. These have saved the lives of 2,568 children! Thank you Integra Lifesciences for your generous donation and thank you Maryland Branch for shipping the needed shunts to Kyrgyzstan. Pictures are of Dr. Karachev and some of the children he has helped in the past with the shunts.  (5-2017)

India to Receive Much Needed Medical Supplies
March 2017 the Maryland Branch volunteers loaded medical equipment and supplies for Bethany Hospital, part of the Christian Missions Charitable Trust in Chennai, India. This shipment is a response to an inquiry from an American, Dr. Viji George, former president of Concordia Lutheran College in Bronxville, New York. In February of this year Dr. George and his wife Janet visited the Mission in Chennai and saw the need for basic medical supplies and equipment. He had heard from a friend about the work of OGT and contacted the Maryland Branch Manager Elfie Eberle. In short order, goods were collected, sorted, and stored in the Maryland warehouse awaiting arrangements for a container and shipping clearances. Pictures of the volunteers loading this shipment for India.(4/2017)

Baltimore's "Helping Up Mission" Receives Winter Clothing
Last month the Maryland Branch volunteers delivered men’s and women’s winter clothing to Helping Up Mission in Baltimore, MD. They help individuals and families with homelessness and addictions to have a safe, spiritual place to stay and a hot meal.(3/2017)

Furnishing Schools in Liberia
February 24th the Maryland Branch volunteers were busy loading a shipment for Liberia. OGT’s recipient Joe Boway works with several rural Lutheran schools in Liberia and is grateful to be receiving 6 electronic keyboards, chalk boards, school supplies, 319 student chairs and 230 student desks. Awesome job Maryland Branch volunteers and donors!(2/2017)

Relief Knowing Aid Has Arrived
Maryland Branch is relieved and excited that their first international shipment from their new warehouse to Nicaragua made it safely and is unloaded! In September Maryland Branch volunteers loaded bedding, clothing, shoes, hygiene kits, medical equipment, toys, school backpacks, school supplies, sports equipment, and sewing machines/ supplies for Lutheran Hour Ministries. They were able to unload the cargo over the weekend and will distribute the items to families in need and local facilities.(10/2016)

First Shipment Out of New Warehouse is a Success
On Saturday, September 17, 2016, a crew of Orphan Grain Train volunteers in Maryland did something this location has never been able to do before, they filled a shipping container with donated goods from one place—a new warehouse in Millersville. Previously, the Maryland Branch of Orphan Grain Train has had to gather donated items at several locations around the state, waiting while the cost of a shipping container is gradually met by contribution, then use small trucks to bring the items to a shipping container for loading. Logistics were costly in terms of time and effort. Now the Maryland Branch has a central location. The container being loaded is bound for Nicaragua, specifically the Lutheran Church of Nicaragua, which has 14 congregations and 14 schools enrolling 2,700 children. The church also operates a sewing school that teaches a marketable skill to women, enabling them to support their families. The shipment contains men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing; sewing machines; dozens of large boxes of hospital linens, scrubs, and patient gowns donated by a textile company; and hundreds of disability aids such as crutches, walkers, canes, and bathroom aids. Thank you to our donors and volunteers that help make shipments like this possible.(9/2016)

Travels for OGT Staff
OGT’s Karen Mangels, International Transportation Coordinator and Chris Carstens, Inventory Manager took time off from their duties at the office and made a trip to the east coast area. This was a dual-purpose trip and they made it using personal funds. OGT’s Maryland Branch, located in Millersville was holding their 2nd Annual Luau Fundraiser on Saturday, September 10th. Their locality in the DC area made it possible to also visit one of OGT’s Freight Forwarders, BKA Logistics. 
They flew in on Thursday and met up with some of the Maryland Branch volunteers, Elfie & Bill Eberle, Dean Castle and Ron Phipps. They were able to tour the new warehouse and see where their first international shipment will be loaded next Saturday. 
On Friday they met up with Benda Bushell from BKA Logistics whom OGT has done many shipments with over the years. Benda showed them around the office where they met some of the staff. It was interesting meeting the people that they have spent so much time working with through emails and phone conversations and finally putting a face to them. The afternoon was spent seeing the sites and a visit to Arlington Cemetery.
On Saturday, Chris and Karen attended the Maryland Branch Luau, enjoyed Hawaiian food, entertainment and fellowship. Another highlight of the weekend was that Juris Blodnieks of the Latvian-American Shipping Line whom OGT does many shipments with was able to come down from New Jersey and attend the Luau with them. Again, this was great being able to meet face to face with him and speak on a more personal level. 
Karen and Chris are grateful for the opportunity they had to make this trip and appreciate all the hospitality given to them by the people on the east coast. (9-2016)

Armed Forces Help to Deliver 
Kids International Ministries (KIM) in the Philippines received a shipment of blankets, bedding, handbell tables, shoes, household items, hygiene kits and supplies, hospital beds, medical equipment, medical supplies, hospital linens, gowns, school kits, backpacks, books, and sewing supplies from OGT’s Maryland Branch. The medical equipment/supplies and hospital beds were part of a medical mission’s trip to Calayan Island - a remote island in the northern Philippines. The Armed Forces of the Philippines played a huge part in transporting equipment between islands. Much of the equipment will be used in a hospital that was recently built on Calayan Island. What wonderful pictures of the Armed Forces of the Philippines helping with the medical mission trip.(8/2016)

Smiles Abound During Independance Day Parade
Joining America’s liberty bell symbol of independence and the more sobering reminder that not everyone around the world has freedom from want, volunteers from the Maryland Branch of the Orphan Grain Train decorated a borrowed truck and entered the Severna Park 4th of July Parade. Organized by the Severna Park Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the parade included floats from dozens of public and private organizations. Walking alongside the OGT float in the two-mile-long parade, volunteers distributed hundreds of flyers describing our charitable work. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17).
The first picture is of Branch Manager Elfie Eberle and volunteers Patrick and Joanne Loprete standing in front of the Orphan Grain Train float. The 2nd picture is of Sam Phipps and Nate Eberle leading the Orphan Grain Train float on the parade route.(7-2016)

So Many Will Benefit
This past May the Maryland Branch shipped a load of blankets, bedding, hand bell tables, shoes, household items, hygiene kits and supplies, hospital beds, medical equipment, medical supplies, hospital linens, gowns, school kits, backpacks, books, and sewing supplies to Manila, Philippines. Our recipient, Kids International Ministries will use the supplies in their school, orphanages, clinics and pregnancy center. Maricel with KIM, clears all their shipments and had a baby boy in early June. She just returned from maternity leave in time to clear this shipment. Photo of the proud mother with her son is below. Other photos are of unloading the humanitarian aid yesterday.(7-2016)

Praise Be to God
On Sunday, May 22, 2016, approximately 250 volunteers and supporters of Orphan Grain Train gathered for a dedication service and celebration at the new Maryland Branch warehouse in Millersville, MD. Elfie Eberle, Maryland Branch Manager, welcomed people to the dedication. The President of Orphan Grain Train, Rev. Ray Wilke of Norfolk, Nebraska, led attendees not only to appreciate our heavenly Father’s love in Jesus Christ, but also to consider opening their hearts and giving time to help those in need near and far. The celebration also included speakers, entertainment, food and fellowship. Volunteers at the new warehouse will gather, sort, store, and ship donated goods nationally and worldwide. It will also offer opportunities for hands-on mission activities. Thank you to all that supported OGT Maryland Branch to make this dream facility a reality and blessing to help more people.(5-2016)