Monday, January 17, 2022

Moldova - 2021 Distribution to Bible Mission International

Orphan Grain Train--Michigan made a shipment to Bible Mission International in Moldova earlier in 2021.  We share with you a sample of photos received from that distribution which came with the thanks of many.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

First Step in Project for South Sudan

     During 2022 Orphan Grain Train--Michigan is planning to mount a special cooperative project in collaboration with Lutheran Heritage Foundation.  For over a quarter century both missions have been pursuing distinct aims.  Lutheran Heritage Foundation has been supporting Lutheran theological training in church bodies around the world, many emerging in countries which previously suppressed Christian expressions.  Orphan Grain Train has also served internationally the humanitarian needs of peoples desperately in need of the love of Christ.

     Together with Lutheran Heritage Foundation, an effort is beginning at Orphan Grain Train--Michigan to make a shipment of ecclesiastical goods, theological books, and humanitarian supplies to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of South Sudan.  A shipment cannot happen until the Fall of 2022 to match the necessary "dry season" in that part of the world.  The coming months will therefore be devoted to assembling the shipment goods at the Sebewaing Center of Orphan Grain Train.  Join us in praying for this endeavor.

     A first step was the receiving of hundreds of theological books for the Lutheran seminary in South Sudan whose students lack the kind of library needed to train future pastors.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Embarrassment of Riches

We are so grateful at Orphan Grain Train to receive untold quantities of beautifully and lovingly made quilts.  We have receive quilts from so many different women's sewing groups and congregations.  Here is just one generous example. Judy and Wally Laux delivered this colorful supply from St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth.  Visiting the Orphan Grain Train Center with them are Mary and Gerald Hecht from Immanuel, Frankentrost, a congregation which has been enormously generous to this Christian humanitarian mission.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Shipment Loaded and on its Way to Tbilisi, Georgia

On September 29th, a wonderful team of young people and adults gathered at the Orphan Grain Train--Michigan Center to load a 40' intermodal (shipping container) with over 1,600 boxes of humanitarian aid along with medical devices, wheelchairs, bicycles, and more to be sent to the Republic of Georgia and people in need. Our thanks to the eighth grade students of Christ the King Lutheran School and the other many volunteers. This shipment is the fourth international distribution from Orphan Grain Train--Michigan in the last two years.


Changing Footprints -- 2,800 Pairs of Shoes to OGT-M

On September 28th, Dave and Karen Kuehnert who serve with Changing Footprints in northern Indiana delivered to Orphan Grain Train--Michigan 230 boxes with approximately 2,800 pairs of shoes.  Changing Footprints gathers and distributes shoes throughout Indiana and shares from their abundance with efforts such as Orphan Grain Train.  We thank them sincerely.
Dave Wiltse was handy to help move boxes from trailer to receiving room.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Valley Lutheran High - Family Group Volunteers at OGT-M

On Wednesday, Sept. 22 fifteen terrific students from Valley Lutheran High School took a service day and volunteered for us at Orphan Grain Train--Michigan.  These young Christians pitched in at every task with a cheerful heart.  We shared a devotion before they left, so they will understand what we mean by saying they took seriously the expression from Luke 17:10, "We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty."  We thank the Lord for them.  Here is a video of their generous service.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Not Exactly Next Door but Very Near at Heart

The team of lovely quilters who gather every week to serve together at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Colon, Michigan, gathered around to have a dedicatory prayer for the large load of quilts they dedicated to Orphan Grain Train--Michigan.  The congregation is more than 200 miles away from the Orphan Grain Train Center in Sebewaing, but God worked it out so the quilts could be delivered.  These great caring women represent all those who do so much for the mission of Orphan Grain Train.  Thank you!

Pastor Reed, Branch Manager of Orphan Grain Train--Michigan is with Jeanne Lee and a very imaginative quilt in the making specially to depict Orphan Grain Train.  It is such a clever and colorful idea.  Jeanne is among those so expressive of support and active in promoting God's efforts through Orphan Grain Train.