• Christ Lutheran Church

  • 4325 Sumner St
  • Lincoln, NE 68506
  • Ph: 402-483-7774
  • Fax:402-483-7776

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Disaster Relief Efforts

 
Contact: Tom Grunow, Director of Biblical Generosity, Christ Lutheran
402.483.7774 x107 or tgrunow@christlutheranchurch.org
 
 This is a running narrative regarding the Disaster Relief Efforts underway through Christ Lutheran Lincoln, Nebraska. We appreciate the opportunity to provide this information and keep you up-to-date on how we at Christ Lutheran are blessed and look forward to be a continued blessing to others especially those affected by the most recent disasters.
FUNDS RAISED: $18,085 towards $25,000 goal (as of October 10, 2017)
 
HOUSTON  Update
  • Everything sent has been a big blessing. It's helped very much! 
  • The gift cards have blessed many of our volunteers. And we've used the Home Depot cards to buy wood and small material that has been needed here.
  • Our attendance has not been the same, and as you already know it directly affects our giving. We are believing God will make a way and we continue to be wise with our finances.
  • We have not been able to repair anything on the exterior roof: Insurance has denied our claim.
(Our Next LERT Trailer Delivery is scheduled to depart from our warehouse on Monday, Oct. 23 with John and Pam Van Cleaf).
 
Additional Note: Almost all of the LCMS churches, schools and agencies have been adopted by LCMS churches throughout the USA and Texas. In the future, for long-term relief, Orphan Grain Train plans to set up a mobile village, much like their Camp Restore in Louisiana, to open up opportunities for volunteers to assist throughout southeastern Texas.

FLORIDA  We have teamed up with our Disaster Relief partner, Lutheran Church Charities (LCC), and plan to distribute an initial $2,500 from our Disaster Fund; awaiting the call for any needed personnel and the need for additional funds. Originally, we were planning to send clothing on a semi-truck provided by Orphan Grain Train but by the time we received clothing from the Good Life Lincoln collection, the assessment indicated other collections were more pressing. In the future, for long-term relief, Orphan Grain Train plans to set up a mobile village, much like their Camp Restore in Louisiana, to open up opportunities for volunteers to assist throughout Florida. LCC has people in Florida now on our behalf:

Kathy O'Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, arrived in Florida to assess communities that are still heavily impacted from Hurricane Irma. She met with Pastor Richard Browning from Hope Lutheran Church in Bonita Springs, Florida to deliver financial aid to assist individuals served by Hope Lutheran and toured neighborhoods that remain flooded, specifically their partnership with Amigos En Christo or Amigos Center, a mission Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Amigos En Christo serves the Haitian, Hispanic, and Creole immigrants of southwest Florida and was founded in order to be God's hands and feet by attending to the physical, mental, and emotional needs that many immigrant families face. The Amigos Center immigration office, located on Hope Lutheran's property, lost their roof in the hurricane and now has been condemned.

LCC gave Pastor Robert Selle, Founder and CEO of Amigos En Christo, immediate financial aid to purchase a laptop and printer to replace the desktop he lost as a result of the damage to the building. LCC also gave Pastor Selle 10 Walmart gift cards for families he is working with and very concerned about. The Amigos Center has a social services branch of this ministry in Immokalee, Florida (referred to as the "Third World Country" within the U.S.!
 
LOUISIANA  The destruction from flooding is widespread with more than 60,700 homes destroyed. It will be a long-term effort of clean up and rebuilding. You can donate directly to the cause of Louisiana Flood Victims by going to your amazon.com ACCOUNT (or set one up), go to WISH LIST, then YOUR FRIENDS, and TYPE in Orphan Grain Train, then start shopping. These purchased items will be sent directly to the OGT warehouse for shipping!

PUERTO RICO  Christ Lutheran LERT (Lutheran Early Response Team) is teaming up with 2 agencies already at work in Puerto Rico, along with asking all to be in prayer for those affected by the dual hurricanes!
  1. Nebraska for Puerto Rico of Omaha is collecting donated bottled water, baby formula, diapers & wipes, adult diapers, canned food & milk, batteries, and disinfectant by Thursday, Oct. 12 to ship over right away. You can simply leave these items in our OGT/LERT trailers in the Christ Lutheran parking lot from 7 am to 7 pm beginning Thursday Oct. 5 to Thursday Oct. 12.
  2. Lutheran Church Charities has a local contact working in Puerto Rico. Money to help stabilize and rebuild can be given to "Christ Lutheran Church”, designated "Disaster Response."
WILDFIRES  Intense, fast-moving wildfires have claimed the lives of many, destroyed tens of thousands of acres, including thousands of residences, businesses and public buildings, and left hundreds of residents unaccounted for. They follow immediately in the footsteps of the roughly 50 wildfires that demolished more than 1.2 million acres in some beautiful parts of our country!
 
Thrivent.com is receiving donations and will match them for a selected group of organizations on site.

As always, thanks for your generosity to bless these people in great need. For current updates on Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas relief efforts through Christ Lutheran.

Please visit the church website: www.christlutheranchurch.org or contact: Ron Bender, LERT Coordinator at 785.632.0861, or Tom Grunow, Director of Biblical Generosity, 402.483.7774 x107.

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response



     



Mission Trips





National Partnerships


Youthworks Family Mission Trips

Mission contact: Rebecca Fisher
Every summer our middle school students travel to a Youthworks! mission site where we rendezvous with other church youth ministries to be the hands and feet of Jesus, serving as Jesus served. We work in Kids Clubs, city missions, nursing homes and more, loving others in the name of Jesus.


Prison Fellowship Ministry

Mission contacts: Liz Stanosheck Jeanette, Area Director for Prison Fellowship Ministries, for the State Prison System
Pastor Jeff Bloom, LCMS Nebraska District Jail & Prison Ministry, for the City and County Jail System