North Dakota Orphan Grain Train Division
++ NEEDED ++
- A Warehouse - we are still located for a permanent location.
We are in need of volunteers (men and women) to help at the Jamestown "warehouse"- located at Concordia Lutheran Church- 502 1st Ave N. We work each Saturday and Monday from 9:00am to noon sorting and packing clothing. Come as an individual to help, an LWML group, a group of friends, etc. Work just one day or more -- whatever fits your schedule. Extra hands are greatly appreciated and you'll enjoy the fellowship. Please notify Elissa Rosin of your intent at 701.368.1456 or email: email@example.com
Oct 2014- New Newsletter from the Jamestown Branch
Click HERE to view the 2012 Spring Update
NORTH DAKOTA DIVISION REPORT
Harold Gessner, Chairman
ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN-NORTH DAKOTA DIVISION
We continue to work out of our warehouse in Bottineau each week as used clothing arrives and we have an average of eight to ten volunteers each Friday. We do receive school supplies, quilts, medical supplies, Bibles and other Christian literature.
Last November we drove a load from our warehouse to Norfolk to be shipped to Haiti. Also in Nov. we sent a container to Liberia, Africa and then in 2011 a container was sent to Nicaragua where a member of our congregation together with a group from the West Fargo Mission Society spent some time at the mission in Nicaragua amid the poorest of the poor doing some mission projects and worked on the OGT warehouse.
We are doing some deliveries at Tokio, ND on the Spirit Lake Reservation and are planning for some further outreach for our church there.
This past May we joined our LLL friends at their convention in Great Falls and bounced across some horse trails to get there. They graciously filled our Bus for our return. We blew out two tires before we got home, even so, the Lord granted us a safe trip.
This year the elements have provided us with many challenges. Our complete State has been inundated with water. Our Cities were flooded and thousands of homes destroyed. The containers delivered by OGT-Norfolk to Minot were so much appreciated. We fed volunteers a couple of different times. Soon the winter will be coming on and I am not sure where all the people will live. FEMA is setting up a village of trailer homes to alleviate the problem.
The past year we have been very successful with the “Thrivent Choice” program. Many Thrivent members have donated their funds to our North Dakota Branch and we are extremely thankful for their generosity. In addition to other funding, this program has helped our Branch financially!
Our longest standing project in Liberia, Africa also has been saturated with water. Rev Sam Freeman told us that 15 inches of rain fell on the roof of the Christian Day School and it is badly in need of repair and also the city of Monrovia. And so life goes on.
September 24th the ND OGT loaded a 53’semi trailer to be delivered to the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission School at Rock Point, Arizona. 7 volunteers from Americorps volunteered their time to help us load 1438 boxes consisting of Used Women’s, Men’s & Children’s clothing,Winter Coats and Quilts. They also helped us pick up 53 school desks and 15 stackable chairs donated by First Lutheran Church, Minot.
Our finances are adequate and we do with what we have. We are grateful for those who see our needs. The LWML grants have been a great blessing. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans charitable gift program, THRIVENT CHOICE, has an easy way to find out if you have Choice Dollars, and to direct those dollars to ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN, INC. NORTH DAKOTA DIVISION.
1. CALL 1-800-847-4836
An automated system will answer the phone with a message that ends with the words, "Briefly, how can I help you today?".
2. Speak the Words: "CHOICE DOLLARS"
The receptionist will come on the line and ask a few questions to verify your account information.
3. Please selection ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN, INC., NORTH DAKOTA DIVISION.
"THANK YOU" FOR YOUR PAST AND PRESENT SUPPORT.
GOD BLESS YOU
HAROLD GESSNER, CHAIRMAN
NORTH DAKOTA ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN
504 JAY STREET
BOTTINEAU, NORTH DAKOTA
CELL #: 701-263-1539
In loving response to Christ, the servant, the Orphan Grain Train movement encourages and enables God's people to share personal and material resources in bringing Christ's name and character to needy people both far and near. Sometimes that character expresses itself as a word well spoken, sometimes as a bandage well applied, and sometimes as a child well fed.
ELISSA ROSIN, BRANCH MANAGER
NORTH DAKOTA ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN
PO BOX 1546
JAMESTOWN, NORTH DAKOTA
CELL #: 701-368-1456
The wish list
+ A permanent warehouse
+ Sanitation supplies- bleach in powder form, 5 gallon buckets, re-useable latex gloves, anti-bacterial soap and sanitizers, bandaids, thermometer, mosquito nets
+ Food- $ for Mercy Meals or Kids against Hunger
+ Children & baby clothes
+ New & good used Bibles
+ New underwear for children and adults
+ Health Kits
+ School Kits
+ Personal care items
+ Portals of Prayer
+ Sunday School Materials
+ Christian Literature (but not the Lutheran Witness)
+ Children's clothing
+ Winter Coats and Jackets (for children & adults)
+ Financial Support
2010 December Newsletter
This one is full of articles that were featured in the Norfolk Daily News. 2009 Fall Newsletter