I’m sure that you have heard the statement: “God works in mysterious ways”. This is so true for Castle Rock’s Orphan Grain Train. On January 21st volunteers loaded a container of nothing but “winter” coats, sweaters and scarfs for Dushanbe, Tajikistan to be distributed by “Mayak” (Lighthouse); a Christian group sharing God’s love in a highly Muslim country. Tajikistan is one of the poorest countries in the former Soviet Union. According to the World Bank, 85% of the Tajik people are living below the poverty line. There is a shortage of work, food and other commodities. We are truly blessed in this mysterious way because a national organization donated the 731 – 30 pound boxes of already sorted and packed clothing. We estimate that there will be 17,500 sweaters, 5,000 scarfs and 3,000 coats most of which are new. Because the boxes were already on pallets, loading was done by pallet jacks and our forklift, with several “muscle” men. OGT Home Office is sharing the cost of this load with Castle Rock Collection Center. Transit to Tajikistan will take approximately 45-60 days. It will go by rail from Denver to Oakland, CA. where it will be loaded on a ship to Qingdao, China then travel overland by rail and then by truck on the Pamir highway (looks just like I-25 in Castle Rock – see second picture below) to Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Once customs clearance is completed the clothing will be distributed to those in need. What blessings for so many in need. To God be the Glory.