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LWML
Lutheran Women In Mission

Grants & Mites

Oklahoma District Lutheran Women’s Missionary League

 

ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We need help! Please contact the appropriate member(s) of your congregation to assist with folding and packaging donations to OGT. First, we are pleased to announce we will be loading 2ea 28 ft trailers with donations August 24-25 for a shipment to San Benito, TX. In addition, we most likely have enough donations for another trailer/container waiting to be sorted, folded, and packaged. We desperately need volunteers to help getting our donations to needy people around the world.

The warehouse at 911 W Maple, Wichita is open from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Arrangements can be made for groups at other times. Betty Amey is our Volunteer coordinator. Please contact her at P: 316-444-0284. Jeff Crane is our manager. You can reach him at P: 316-655-1854.
Thank you for your assistance, and God Bless.

Gus Wesche,
Volunteer. 316-682-8918, e: Bwesche@cox.net

 

LWML Oklahoma District is now Accepting Grant Applications for 2020-2022

From Beverly Bahr, Vice President of Gospel Outreach:

The Lutheran Women Missionary League (LWML) Oklahoma District is now accepting applications for Mission Grants for adoption at the District Convention in April 2020. Grant Applications must be mission focused with emphasis on proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and be affiliated with or approved by the LCMS. To obtain a copy of the grant application, visit the OKLWML.org page, go under Forms and Resources, go under Applications to Mission Grant Application and Guidelines [or click here].
Grant applications must be submitted by September 30, 2019 to Bevbahr23@gmail.com or to my address:

Beverly Bahr
LWML Oklahoma District Vice President of Gospel Outreach
1119 Oakridge Drive
Stillwater, OK 74074

Blessings in all your endeavors!

 

LWR Ingathering (Truck Pickup)

 

Monday, October 7 from (9:00 AM - Noon)
Messiah Lutheran Church
3600 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK. 73112
For more information, contact: Kelly Baker @ 405.250.9425 or view on LWR.org/ingathering and click on Oklahoma on the map of the sites or instructions for quilts or kits/40# limit on boxes. 

 

 

Orphan Grain Train Update

“I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you.” (John 14:18 NIV) This verse is the basis for the development of the Orphan Grain Train. Showing God’s love through sharing the surplus of wealth that our country has received has been able to change lives in poverty-stricken areas. These areas are not just in third world countries although the Orphan Grain Train has sent supplies and goods to 68 different countries. They also help their fellow Americans. During the most recent year, 225 semi-loads filled with clothing, blankets, medical supplies, food and other needed items have been hauled to various locations in the US. Native American Indian Reservations, Texas-Mexico Border Missions, poverty-stricken areas in the Appalachian Mountains, food pantries, homeless shelters and veteran facilities have all been recipients of the Orphan Grain Train supplies. In addition, disaster-stricken areas have also received help.

The first warehouse opened its doors in 1992 in Norfolk, Nebraska. From its inception, it has grown to 27 warehouses in different locations across the nation. The Norfolk location has become the headquarters for coordination of all the warehouses. Every month, each warehouse sends a status report to Norfolk of all of their boxed goods. When a need arises, a truck is loaded with the needed goods of a given destination and then sent to the area.

Wichita, Kansas is one of the newer locations for a warehouse and is the closest warehouse to Oklahoma. In the Fall, ten women from all over Oklahoma drove to Wichita to volunteer for the day to sort clothing items and other goods donated. It was decided at that time to repeat this service and go back in the spring. Unfortunately, due to many spring commitments and bad weather, most people had to cancel. But – a volunteer is a volunteer AND an extra set of hands sorting the items so I chose to drive up to Wichita as I was eager to hear of their progress since our last visit in the Fall.

There is a core of dedicated volunteers from the Lutheran Churches in the Wichita area who faithfully save and donate their clothing and other items and then work one or two days a week at the warehouse. They are open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm. This is an increase in hours from 10:00am until 2:00pm to accommodate sorting the many bags of clothing and other articles. While some sort the clothing or separate the other various nonclothing items, other people will pack a barrel of clothing – acting as a second pair of eyes making sure all the goods packed and sent are clean, in good repair and acceptable. Clothing that is dirty is washed first. Small mending and sewing can be done (sewing on a button or sewing a quick seam) but major tears and filthy clothing are put in a separate barrel. Clothing may have written phrases but nothing political, distasteful or religious can be sent overseas. There is a domestic barrel for religious clothing and sleepwear which can be send to areas in the US.

The good news is that they sent their second truckload of clothing and other items to Georgia (the country) on April 1. We were informed at our devotion time that the items were currently going through customs at the entrance to Georgia. There are enough items packed to send a third truckload in about six weeks. Workers in the Wichita warehouse are hopeful that this truckload will be sent to a domestic area in the US.

There are always bags of clothing to be sorted and the regular volunteers that come faithfully welcome any extra help that can come. Even youth groups from surrounding churches have donated their time which was very appreciated, especially when loading the trucks. Even if it isn’t a “servant event for the Ok District LWML”, if you feel motivated to help, you or a group of friends can go to Wichita on a Wednesday or Saturday to help. And prepare to have fun interacting with the other volunteers with joking and laughter. If you are interested, call Betty at 316-655-1854 to let her know when you will be coming. Also, check their website for what items can be brought to them.

The two pictures enclosed are of several of us at the tables sorting clothing. I was busy using a lint brush on everything in one bag that was covered in dog or cat fur. The second picture is getting ready for our devotion time about 10:30 a.m.

Submitted by Beverly Bahr, VP of Gospel Outreach


Mission Project Making Lasting Impact

Bryan and Keah Payne

In 2008, Bryan and Keah Payne were assigned to Sharpvale, Malawi with the Peace Corps. They lived like the villagers while assessing the needs of the community and one problem became quickly evident. People in the village talked about Malawi having three seasons – the rainy season, the dry season and the hungry season. During the rainy season, they grew crops and had what they needed to feed their families. But during the dry season, food was scarce and when it was used up – they were hungry for the next several months. Their water supply was from a small river close to the village and women had to carry the water on their heads back to their homes every morning. Some of this water would be used to help water the crops but with little water supply, crops would eventually dry up and die.

Bryan suggested that the village get treadle pumps which would pull the water from the river and deliver it to the crops through hoses. That way, the crops would receive adequate water to grow and flourish. The villagers could sell the surplus and make extra money for other needs. But the village people had no money to invest in the treadle pumps. Bryan contacted Zion Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma - the church he and Keah attended during college. He asked if they could raise money for the purchase of the Treadle Pumps. Zion was able to raise enough money to purchase 26 of the treadle pumps. Two members of Zion Lutheran Church, Robert and Kristian Bahr went over to present the pumps to the people. A plan was devised to have each treadle pump shared by seven family units. Each of the family units was assigned one day of the week to use the pump. This plan allowed for 118 families to use pumps to irrigate and grow their own crops. Crops flourished with the additional water and allowed the people to survive during the dry and “hungry” season. The villagers were also able to sell their surplus crops and make additional money.

The project was so successful that a group of women approached the leader of the village and asked if they could also have some of the pumps. This group of women were ostracized from the village as their spouses were all victims of AIDS or other communicable diseases. The village leaders had given them a plot of land to live on several kilometers away from other villagers and most importantly several kilometers away from the river. The hoses of the treadle pumps were not long enough to stretch the distance. Several Lutheran Churches and families in Oklahoma heard of the need for more treadle pumps and contributed enough money to send more pumps to Sharpvale. A deep well was dug close to the property that the women lived on and these new treadle pumps could then be utilized for them. The same plan was initiated in that each family unit was assigned a certain day to water their crops. However, these women did not just use the pumps on their assigned day but they all contributed and worked every day to help each other. Their crops grew abundantly and also flourished.

One concern that Bryan and Keah had when leaving Sharpvale was the success/longevity of their plan. Would the people continue to use the pumps? Would the pumps hold up or be discarded if something broke down? Would the people return to their old habits and end up having their hungry season again? Eleven years have passed and Bryan contacted the leaders of the village to find out how the villagers were doing and if the treadle pumps were still in use to provide water for their crops. The answer was a resounding “YES!” Only one of the treadle pumps was broken and waiting for a piece to be welded. All the rest were still being used daily and the crops continued to grow and provide nourishment for the people all year round! Bryan and Keah visited Zion Lutheran in Stillwater on May 12, 2019 and gave them this encouraging update. WOW! What an impact this mission project made for those people in Sharpvale as well as encouragement to the people of Zion Lutheran and others who were able to provide the means for the treadle pumps!

This is the time for accepting new proposals for mission grants for the years 2020-2021 for the Oklahoma District LWML. (The deadline for submission of new proposals is September 30, 2019. Go to the Oklahoma LWML web page for more information.) Not only is it important to consider those in need and ways we show God’s love and assist people but also it is important to show the results afterwards. People who contribute their mites faithfully for the different grants are eager to hear how their generous donations have helped others in need. Seeing or hearing those results in turn encourages them to continue with their donations.

An update on Bryan and Keah Payne: After returning to Oklahoma and starting a family, Bryan and Keah went on a mission trip with their current church, St John’s Lutheran Church in Moore, to Haiti. They felt very moved by the needs of so many people and felt that God laid it on their hearts to go into the mission field. They discussed their idea with several pastors and mentors and it was decided that they could best serve by Bryan entering the ministry and Keah becoming a deaconess. After further education, they hope to serve in Kenya, Malawi or Haiti. They leave in early June for Fort Wayne, Indiana for their schooling. They could use your prayers as they prepare for what God has in store for them.

 

Oklahoma Mites Update

Our God has done amazing things! Reflecting back over this past biennium, through our faith, we know our Oklahoma mites have served as God has ordained. What a blessing to have been a part of it all! We can be confident that our pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills have carried the good news of His salvation. To the glory of God, His Kingdom continues to increase! Thank you for sharing your blessings, so that His will can be done.  ~Delia Collard

Click here for the Mite Remittance Form.

 

LWML Oklahoma District Mission Grants for 2018-2020

July 31, 2019

Mission Grant
Amount 
Paid 
Outstanding

1. OK District Ministerial Students, OK District 2018 - December

$6,000

$6,000 $0
 1b. OK District Ministerial Students, OK District 2019 - December  

$6,000

$0 $6,000

2. OK District Professional Church Worker Scholarships, Fall Semester 2018

$3,000 

$3,000 $0
2b. OK District Professional Church Worker Scholarships, Spring Semester 2019 $3,000 $3,000 $0
2c.  OK District Professional Church Worker Scholarships, Fall Semester 2019 $3,000 $3,000 $0
2d.  OK District Professional Church Worker Scholarships, Spring Semester 2020 $3,000 $0 $3,000

3. Equipment for Redeemer, Claremore

$7,000 

$7,000 $0

4. MEND Medical Clinic & Pregnancy Resource Center, Tulsa

$5,000

$2,500 $2,500

5. Canoes for Lutherhaven Retreat Center, Knowles

$2,000 

$2,000 $0

6.  Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc. Tulsa & Edmond

$5,000 

$2,500  
  6b.  Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc. Tulsa & Edmond   $2,500 $0

7.  Financial Assistance for Concordia Theological Seminary Food & Clothing Co-op, Ft Wayne, IN

$5,000 

$2,500 $2,500
7b.  Financial Assistance for Concordia Theological Seminary Food & Clothing Co-op, Ft Wayne, IN; January 2020      

8a.  Trinity Hope Haitian Feeding Program, Lutheran Churches in Haiti

$5,000 

$2,500  
8b.    Trinity Hope Haitian Feeding Program, Lutheran Churches in Haiti   $2,500 $0

9.  Assistance for LWML Members Mission Trips, OK District:  Dianna Just for Alaska VBS Mission in June, 2019;               Beverly Bahr for Eye Glass Mission in Guatemala, Sept 14-21, 2019; Lori Steele for Africa in January 2020

$6,000 

$3,000 $3,000

10. Holy Cow Smokers Disaster Relief Ministry, Lamb of God Lutheran, Flower Mound, TX

$5,000 

$2,500 $2,500

11.  Mission Central Support for Missionary Expenses, Mapleton, IA

$10,000 

$10,000 $0

12.  Funds for iPads and Software for Underprivileged Students, Good Shepherd, Midwest City

$4,000 

$4,000 $0

13.  Lutheran for Life Post-Abortion Crisis Hotline Expansion, Nevada, IA

$4,000 

$0 $4,000 

14. Good Samaritan Fund, Lutheran Senior Citizens, Inc. Oklahoma City

$5,00

$5,000 $0

15. Family Promise of Lawton

$2,550

$2,550 $0 

16.  Outdoor Adult & Family Campfire Ring, Camp Lutherhoma, Tahlequah

$4,500 

$4,500 $0

17.  ***After School Tutoring and Outreach, Trinity, McAlester    *Funds obtained from another donor

$3,000 

$900 $0

18.  Summer Heights Day Camp, Immanuel, OKC

$2,100 

$1,000 $1,100

19.  Bibles for Bethany, Our Savior, Bethany

$500 

$500 $0

20.  Ends of the Earth Team Member Support, MOST Ministries, Ann Arbor, MI

$4,950 

$4,950 $0
 
SUBTOTAL 
$104,600
$77,900 $24,600
***(After School tutoring #17 removed; received outside funding; returned all but $66.98.) ($3,000) ($833)  
 
$101,600
$77,067  

  * Pastors, Vicars & Lay Ministers Wives Retreat, OK District

$4,000 $4,000 $0
TOTAL
$105,600
$81,067 $24,600

 

2017–2019 LWML Mission Goal: $2,075,000

Your Mites have made an impact! OK LWML District logo

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News from the Guatemala City church, Castillo Fuerte . . . from President Patti

Last Thursday afternoon, the church had the carpet activity in Guatemala. I am not sure if you have heard that Catholic people in Guatemala make carpets with flowers, sawdust, and different materials for the processions. The people of the procession step on the carpet while they are holding the religious image. Antigua Guatemala is very famous for that. It is not a Lutheran tradition, but the youth group of church (Iglesia Luterana Castillo Fuerte in Guatemala City) have been making a small carpet in the hallway of the building with some Lutheran symbols for several years; so we could say that it is an adaptation of Catholic Church in Guatemala to the Lutheran church. That night, we had the Holy Thursday service. ~Melina Orozco Aguirre

 

Holy Cow Smokers

We would like to thank the Oklahoma and Texas districts of the LWML again for your generosity for funding the purchase and outfitting of our disaster relief trailer.
~Holy Cow Smokers, Lamb of God Lutheran Church, Flower Mound, TX

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LWML Mite Boxes

Your Mite Box Offerings Are Spreading the Gospel! 

 
The Widow's Mite
Children Mite Box 75th Anniversary Mite Box

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth, but she, out of her poverty, put in everything — all she had to live on" (Mark 12:41-43).

 
Mite Box Prayers

I ask You, Lord, these mites to bless... It is not much, I must confess My box of coins all by itself that sits upon a desk or shelf. But, joined with others they unite to help us spread Christ's holy light. So, help me, Lord, this box to fill, live our mission, and do Your will.

O Lord of love, as I return these mites to You, guide my willingness to share the bountiful wealth You have given me with others so that Your kingdom may grow through the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, our Savior. In His name, Amen.

Lord, You have been bountiful in Your blessings to me. Accept my humble gift in grateful appreciation. May these few mites be joined with many others to accomplish Your will in bringing Christ to all people. In Jesus' name, Amen

Keep me mindful every day, Lord, of Your mercies, and grant that I gratefully dedicate myself to You with all that I have. May these mites be bountifully blessed to work Your will in the harvest fields of those needing to hear of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. In His name. Amen.

Download Mite Box Prayers

 

Mite Label Wraps

These free colorful downloadable labels can be attached to a small Pringles™ potato chip or similar container and used in the cup holder of your vehicle and other places as one more way to collect mites for missions. Click on the Mite Label Wrap image to download the full-size pattern.

 

 

 

To learn more about the history of the  LWML Mite Box, visit lwml.org/mites.