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Dollar-In Dollar-Out Policy

Lutheran Church Charities operates with a policy where 100% of the money donated to a specific need goes toward that need. The transaction costs will be paid by LCC administrative funds, not from a percentage off of the donation.
Families in Need
Single Mother in Need of Assistance Print E-mail
Pastor Louis Vician Pastor Vician, Supply Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Matteson, Il is requesting assistance for a single mother in need. Please read his note and consider a gift to help her through this difficult time.
Hi All,

I have a small problem. We are in contact with a lady from Park Forest, Illinois (a town near Matteson). She is a single mom with several small children. Her water has been shut-off. It will cost about $1200 to pay this water bill and get her water turned on again.

Neither I nor Zion Lutheran Church, Matteson can afford to help this lady. Please help me help her.

In His holy Name,
Rev. Louis Vician, Supply Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Matteson, IL

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 18:47
Refugee Family In Need of Rent Money Print E-mail
Families in Need LCC received the following request from Pastor Hicham Chehab, Salam Christian Fellowship, Lombard, IL:
A Syrian refugee family needs help with $1,100 for rent this month. The bread winner is a hard worker but the car broke down and took most of the paycheck to fix it. Please show the love of Christ to this family of four who escaped death in Syria.

With many thanks and appreciation,
The Rev. Hicham Chehab

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 12:06
Chronic Health Conditions Leave Family in Financial Peril Print E-mail
Pastor Charles Request from Pastor Charles Strietelmeier, Augustana Lutheran Church - Hobart, Indiana
I am writing to request help for Jim and Tammi Nush. Jim held a job for many years until complications of his childhood spina bifida intensified. He now suffers from a heart condition, kidney failure and a chronic kidney infection. His right leg has been amputated and he is on dialysis and on disability.

His wife works for a local school district and their daughter and 4 year old grand daughter lives with them. For the most part they are able to make ends meet, but are one paycheck away from collapse. Because of garnishment on Tammi's paycheck, they are in arrears on rent: they have paid this month's, but are about $1,000 behind. Because of their tight budget it is hard to see how they could ever make it up.

I am supporting their request for $1,000 to cover back rent.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 13:06
Request from Good Samaritan Ministries - Immanuel Palatine, Illinois Print E-mail
Immanuel Palatine Good Samaritan Ministries is a witness of the presence of Jesus to all individuals and families at Immanuel, the Palatine areas, and selected missions. Their ministry is to those whose needs range from urgent to dire by responding in the following core areas: assessment of needs, referrals, food, clothing and financial assistance. They are currently working with a single mother whose king-size mattress and box spring were destroyed in a flood. She is in need of a new replacement due to her daughter's allergies, with whom she shares the bed.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 13:06
Army National Guardsman and Family with Multiple Needs Print E-mail
Car Need LCC’s Kare-9 Military Ministry is currently assisting a young military family with two children, one of which is a 6-year-old daughter with a rare genetic disorder, Apert syndrome. Even with military health benefits, they are behind $5,000 on hospital bills and in arrears on Cook County property taxes. Adding to the burden is major roof damage prohibiting them from renting out part of their home for added income.

The Kare-9 representatives have contacted Team Rubicon, a veteran based non-profit, who has offered to do the work on the roof repairs. They will be sending a roofer to inspect the damages this week. Once an estimate is given for the roof repairs and inside water damage, an update will be given on this situation.

We ask that you:
  • Pray for the Britton Family

  • Provide financial assistance to help cover hospital bills, back taxes or the costs of roof and home repair.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 13:05
Assistance for Associate Pastor and Family with Recent Adoption Costs Print E-mail

“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with action and in truth” - 1 John 3:18

Request from Pastor Jerry Hays, St Peter Schaumburg, Illinois: Assistance for Associate Pastor and family with recent adoption costs

When a person preaches the Gospel without using words, the Spirit moves those around into action on that person's behalf.

Hintz Family Love knows no bounds, no costs. There are times when a biological mother is unable to care for her child but still loves the child enough to make the best choice out of love. In this story, a young homeless mother was lost, considered an abortion out of desperation, but soon found out that the abortion was cost prohibitive, not just in monetary terms. She sought out a Christian adoption agency who would help her find a loving family for her unborn child. That family was Associate Pastor Greg and Sara Hintz of St. Peter Lutheran Church and School in Schaumburg, Illinois. This mother chose to give her daughter life instead of aborting her. The Lord called the Hintzes by putting little Kaliyah into their life and they answered His call even though the cost was high.

Thanks to a Lutheran Church Charities donor, in addition to Senior Pastor Jerry Hays of St. Peter, Schaumburg, this story was not only shared with us, but a lead gift for this family has been given.

A decade ago, the Hintz family had been blessed with four children and were frequently going on mission trips where they developed a heart for orphans. It was during this time they made a decision to prayerfully consider adoption. In 2008 they sadly lost their infant son, Samuel, and soon after began the adoption process.

Their prayers were abundantly answered with four children in the Lord's creative timing and way. All of these children's mothers had specifically chosen the Hintz family to be the adoptive parents of their children.

As a birth mother, Sara can understand and empathize with the gut-wrenching decision these young women must make, the sacrifice of relinquishing your child to the care of another for the rest of their life here on earth.

There is another sacrifice that the Hintz family understands all too well, although completely and without hesitation, happily made. They used almost all of their savings, originally planned for a down-payment for a house, to cover the adoption costs. This is in total, $39,500 towards medical bills for mother and child, legal fees, and social reporting. The Hintz family has 8 living children, 4 biological and 4 adopted.

Yet through it all, Pastor Greg and Sara keep their hearts and home open. They continue to keep the relationships with the birth mothers and see it as part of their ministry. They recognize these are all God's children; the birth mothers as well as the children. Through this financial burden, they continue to trust in the Lord because He is always faithful. He has always provided.

They feel blessed by having the opportunity to love on these precious children God has given them to call their own. "God has always had his hand in everything and supplied what we needed. We just keep on keeping on," said Pastor Greg. They feel these children are worth investing in no matter the burden.

The miracles and examples set by this family and the open relationship they are keeping with the birth mothers of these wonderful children of God are life affirming Christian acts. This family is a wonderful example of how to walk in the light.

"I want to walk as a child of the light;
I want to follow Jesus
God set the stars to give light to the world;
The star of my life is Jesus."

We ask you help in the following ways:

  • Pray for Pastor Hintz, his family and the birth mothers
  • Provide financial assistance for Pastor Greg and his family to be used towards the housing and transportation needs.

Please give generously today to help this loving family as they have helped others.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 09:02
Syrian Refugee In Need of Car Repair Print E-mail
Families in Need LCC received the following email from Pastor Hesham Shehab (Salam Christian Fellowship - Lombard, IL) regarding a family in desperate need of support:
Dear Friends, A hard working head of household of four who fled Syria for their lives needs auto repairs for the vehicle that he drives to work. The estimated cost is $ 400. We hope that you show the love of Christ by donating to help this family make a living in their new safe haven in the USA.

In God's Peace,
Hesham Shehab
Pastor, Salam Christian Fellowship
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 May 2016 15:10
Your Gifts Made a Difference for Isaac! Print E-mail
Isaac For Isaac Yundt, born with spina bifida, Easter Sunday, March 27th, was a very special day. As the early service ended atSt. Matthew Lutheran Church, Hawthorn Woods, congregants witnessed Jill Yundt, Isaac’s mother, receive her Easter miracle; wheels for Isaac! Because of the generous and caring contributions LCC received from God’s people, Jill received her answer to prayer. The specialty chair she needs for Isaac is on its way and soon this little boy will be going places. No longer left behind without wheels, the possibilities and potential for Isaac’s growth and development are promising.

Last week we asked if you could help the Yundt family and, as so often happens, you exhibited the compassion of God’s people to help little Isaac. Lutheran Church Charities donors have a rich history of witnessing firsthand the everyday miracles that occur when individuals extend the mercy and compassion of Christ to those in need.

Isaac’s specialty wheelchair will give him greater ease and allow Jill, his mother, increased freedom when caring for other family members. Jill Yundt is a single mother raising Isaac as well as four other children that the Lord has blessed her with (ages 3, 7, 13 and 23). Jill’s 23-year-old child has cerebral palsy and also requires full time care. (Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that appears in infancy or early childhood and permanently affects body movement, muscle coordination, and balance. There is no cure.)

Isaac Pastor Kinne, pastor at St. Matthew, and Isaac enjoy each other and laugh whenever they meet. St. Matthew’s Comfort Dog, Ladel, and her handler, Annette Lemke, have also been instrumental in bringing joy to the Yundt family. Isaac responds favorably to Ladel and loves to pet her. Every member of the Yundt family has a heart for disabilities, they even have a special-needs dog! As Jill says, “Everyone needs a family to love.”

Regarding the gift of the specialty chair, Jill said, “…you don't know how much it means until you have a child who can't move around, and watching him want to, and not being able to, it's amazing and the places we can go and do things as a family that he can join in and just be a typical little boy."


LCC thanks all who continue to faithfully come alongside the ministry and catch the God’s vision for reaching others in His Name. Your gifts help us to share the mercy compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need. Lives are being changed, hearts touched and hope renewed.

If you would like to help the Yundt family, CLICK HERE. 100% of all donations through LCC go directly to the need.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 March 2016 16:13
Monroe Louisiana Family Needs Your Help! Print E-mail
Coverage of the presidential primaries has eclipsed the plight of those affected by floods in the South. That hasn’t stopped our loyal LCC volunteers who travelled hundreds of miles to bring hope and relief to those in need. They are driven by the Lord’s command to love and serve those in need. Their mercy has extended to help a single mom and her two children who lost all their earthly possessions when their apartment flooded. The children are ages 9 and 13.

The family had just escaped an abusive relationship and was attempting to rebuild their life when disaster struck. Mom had found a good paying job and had a modest apartment of their own. They were acquiring furniture and other needed items and things were feeling safe again...normal.

And then came the rain.

Their new apartment and everything in it was flooded. Loss again.

Shelters don’t allow pets. They have pets they love, so they stayed in an empty apartment. They were stranded, but safe and dry with utilities and at least were able to communicate with the outside world until the power was lost on Saturday night. Now they are without power and are wading through contaminated flood water to get food, but it is from a gas station. So even nutritious food is needed.

They are unable to start again until the water recedes and the power comes back on. Trinity Lutheran Church is standing by to assist the family as soon as possible, but financial resources are limited.

What can you do? Pray. Pray for the Holland family and others affected by this flood. Pray for strength and protection of the first responders. Pray for Pastor Paul and the members of Trinity as they reach out in the name of Jesus to bring mercy, compassion, presence and relief to those suffering in this community.

Thank you for making a difference.

Please Give Generously Today.


Last Updated on Friday, 18 March 2016 12:29
Brother in Christ in Need of Financial Support Print E-mail
Earlier this week, LCC received the following message from Reverend Steven D. Warren (Zion Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL):

Financial Support I have been blessed to serve the congregation of Zion Lutheran Church 9901 S. Winston, Chicago, IL a little over a year now. This request for support is not only from Brian Davis, his family and the entire congregation of Zion it is also a personal request of mine, because Brian has been a personal friend of mine for many years.

Recently Brian has been diagnosed with stage IV Colon and Liver cancer. Brian is facing up to and about eight rounds of intense chemotherapy, thus making him unable to work at his private contractor occupation as a courier.

While going through these chemotherapy treatments, Brian is seeking assistance with his regular living expenses, such as, transportation, health insurance premiums, and telephone expenses so he could keep in contact with his doctors. Brian's monthly expenses are as follows: Auto note - $482.32, Auto Insurance - $136.00, Health Insurance Premium - $87.07, Mobil Phone - $109.00, totaling $814.39 per month. Brian will be unable for a total of five months and is requesting assistance for that time which comes to a total of $4071.95.

Brian is an Elder at Zion and really looks forward to his recovery so he can resume his church service.

It is our prayer that the Lord would move those who are able to help Brian get through this and all help will be and is greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much!

Serving An Awesome God,
Rev. Steven D. Warren
Zion Lutheran Church
9901 S. Winston
Chicago, IL 60643

To give to this brother in Christ, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 March 2016 11:47
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