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LWML
Lutheran Women In Mission

Grants & Mites

Oklahoma District Lutheran Women’s Missionary League

Orphan Grain Train

 

God’s blessings continue to flow. Ten Oklahoma District LWML members and spouses found out how organized the process can be to get wares from our homes to others around the world to fulfill needs. The Orphan Grain Train Warehouse’s newest location in Wichita, Kansas was the site of our service project on August 25, 2018.
Items are first dropped off or delivered to the warehouse, which is currently only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10AM to 2PM. There are no other drop off sites at this time, although local churches collect items and bring them down on Wednesday or Saturday. The bags of items are collected in large bins in the warehouse storeroom.
Bags are opened and undergo the first inspection and sorting process in the “sorting room”. This is mainly what the majority of our group did. Each item is examined for cleanliness, good conditioning and type of item. Huge barrels are labeled and items are sorted according to gender, tops or bottoms, work clothes (formal), children’s clothing, toddlers (0-4T), shoes, accessories (belts, sleepwear, robes and slippers), handbags, coats and jackets, extra large clothing and underwear. If clothes are dirty, they are sprayed and put into the laundry basket. If there is a repairable rip, masking tape marks the spot and they are put in the mending bin. Local women help do laundry and sewing repairs.
The seasoned volunteers then take a full sorted barrel and reinspect the clothing and fold it nicely into designated boxes which are packed to capacity. These boxes are then stored back in the warehouse storeroom grouped by designated type. On a monthly basis, all boxes are counted according to type of articles and the data is sent to the headquarters in Nebraska. When a request for certain items comes in, a specific warehouse is contacted and loads a truck to capacity to be sent to whatever destination has that need. Sending truckloads of items are costly (between $5000 - $7000)/shipment load. The Orphan Grain Train sent its first truckload shipment to Moldova on August 2, 2018. Local churches in the area donated the funds for the shipment.
Rarely are items thrown away. Shirts with faith-based writings or logos or patriotic symbols are not allowed to be shipped overseas. Those items can be sent somewhere in the United States. Clothes that are not in the best of condition are still saved for local homeless shelters or groups that can utilize them. Old men’s tee shirts are used to make diapers. Adult swimsuits and sleepwear are also not shipped overseas but can be utilized by different mission groups in the US. Used children’s underwear as well as suggestive lingerie can not be sent anywhere and will be thrown away.
Unique situations are always popping up to keep this process interesting. One gentleman brought in multiple bags of clothing. Unfortunately, he had given away a bag full of his wife’s formal gowns worn to beauty pageants she likes to attend. The wife is calling frantically every day to see if the gowns have been found yet. We thought that surely with ten of us sorting clothes all day, we would finally uncover the mystery bag. Unfortunately, it remained hidden by the end of our day.
The local “regular” volunteers were all very nice to us and helpful when we had questions. We stopped once during the morning for devotions and around noon for lunch. We left exhausted but in good spirits knowing we had a part in this wonderful process. We plan on doing this again in March and would like to invite others to join in this worthwhile project with us. Thanks to Aaron and Anita Gard from Redeemer Lutheran in Bartlesville, Betty and Carl Reichert from Messiah Lutheran in Vinita, Beth Schoeling, Gail Abel and Debbie Kerns from Zion Lutheran in Alva, our president, Dianna Just, from Messiah in Vinita and Bob and Beverly Bahr from Zion Lutheran in Stillwater.

OK District Convention Offerings

Friday worship offering: $3,151.00
Closing worship offering: $1,365.00
90th Anniversary Mite Offering: $5,629.73

Bear auction: $800.00
Silent auction: $115.00
Picture sales: $46.00
Centerpiece sales: $10.00
Wine & Cheese sales @ St. John: $180.00

 

Collecting Mites for the 90th Anniversary Continues

Collecting mites for the 90th Anniversary offerings will continue until June 30th. So, if you know someone who did not get her blue mite box money to the convention or who would still like to contribute, send those mites to Sue Avis, 6814 Majestic Oak Blvd, Lawton, OK 73505.

These mites are going to the 5 Oklahoma missionary projects:  Rev. Glenn Meyer and his work at the Clayton Mission, based at Trinity, McAlester; Rev. Bernardo Rangel and his work with the Hispanic population, based at Good Shepherd, Tulsa; Rev. Nourreddine Bennai and his Islamic outreach ministry, based at Holy Trinity, Edmond; Rev Mark Erler and Rufus Comfort Dog, Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog Ministry, based at Saint Mark, Edmond; Rev. Mark Wescoatt and his work among the Karen people of Burma, based at Trinity, Guymon.

Go! Tell! Serve Joyfully!
Dianna Just
". . . be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. "
Romans 12:11b -13

 

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, VP of Gospel Outreach

Click here for the Mite Remittance Form.

 

LWML Oklahoma District Mission Grants for 2018-2020

Mission Grant
Amount 
Paid 
Outstanding

  * Pastors, Vicars & Lay Ministers Wives Retreat, OK District (*Carry over from previous grants approved.)

$4,000 $4,000 $0

1. OK District Ministerial Students

$12,000

$6,000 $6,000

2. OK District Professional Church Worker Scholarships, Fall Semester, sent in August

$12,000 

$3,000 ---
2. OK District Professional Church Worker Scholarships, Spring Semester --- $3,000 $6,000

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 

$0 $2,000

6.  Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc. Tulsa & Edmond

$5,000 

$0 $5,000

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

$5,000 

$0 $5,000

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

$5,000 

$5000 $0

9.  Assistance for LWML Members Mission Trips, OK District

$6,000 

$0 $6,000

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

$0 $2,550 

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

$4,500 

$4,500 $0

17.  After School Tutoring and Outreach, Trinity, McAlester

$3,000 

$900 $2,100

18.  Summer Heights Day Camp, Immanuel, OKC

$2,100 

$0 $2,100

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 

$0 $4,950
 
SUBTOTAL 
$104,600
$57,900 $46,700
TOTAL with carry over from previous grants approved.*
$108,600
$57,900 $50,700

 

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

Your Mites have made an impact! OK LWML District logo

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Click here to view "Celebrating 90 Years of Missions"

 
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.