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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
Roof Repairs Needed for Army National Guardsman Print E-mail
Car Need LCC’s Kare-9 Military Ministry is working with a young military family in dire need of a roofing contractor licensed to work in the city of Chicago. Over Christmas, one of the violent windstorms removed a number shingles from their home. Now every time it rains, water pools in the attic and seeps through the ceiling causing more damage and unhealthy living conditions for the family.

This soldier and his family just do not have the financial resources to meet all the medical bill for their 5-year-old special-needs daughter, major car repairs, and now this major roof repair. This soldier loves his Lord, his country, and his family, works two minimum-wage jobs to support his family - yet it is not enough to make ends meet.

LCC needs your help to find a Chicago licensed roofing contractor to provide the repair services for free, and donations to buy the shingles and the supplies needed to make the repairs to the roof and interior of their home. If you know of a roofing contractor, please contact Jim Morrison or Dianna Bonfield at 866-455-6466 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please give today to cover the costs of the roof repairs.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 12:27
 
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.

Donate today
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
Donate today
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 09:35
 
Army National Guardsman Needs Car Repair Assistance Print E-mail
Car Need An Army National Guardsman and his family are in need assistance getting their minivan repaired. The family has a 6-year old daughter, Tinley, who was born with Apert Syndrome. Apert Syndrome is a genetic disorder characterized by the premature fusion of certain skull bones (craniosynostosis). This early fusion prevents the skull from growing normally and affects the shape of the head and face. In addition, a varied number of fingers and toes are fused together (syndactyly). There are costly expenses associate with such a medical condition, which places a financial strain on the family. LCC has assisted the family in the past with other unforeseen expenses.

An LCC staff member reached out to Krage’s Service Center in Addison for help. Krage’s generously agreed to do the repairs for the cost of the parts. However, parts still are not inexpensive and it is still over and above the family budget. LCC and the family greatly appreciate the kindness and generosity of Krage’s Service Center.

Please give today to cover the costs of the van parts.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 09:09
 
Special Easter Miracle Needed for Little Isaac to "Get His Wheels" - Can you help? Print E-mail

Isaac

Easter is about Sacrifice so someone else can have New Life! Jesus was that sacrifice so we can have new life and have that life eternally. Easter is not just about eggs, baskets, and chocolate bunnies. As Jesus made a difference in your life - please consider making an EASTER difference in the life of little 17-month-old Isaac.

Left Behind Without Wheels

Parents want what’s best for their children. Jill Yundt is no exception. Jill adopted a special needs child who needs our help. Isaac was born with Spina bifida (Latin: "split spine"), a birth defect where there is incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord. While the birth mother was encouraged to abort this child, she chose instead to put Isaac up for adoption. She chose life.Isaac

Jill, a single mother of four other children, welcomed this special needs child into her heart and home. Isaac is currently 17 months old and in need of a special chair that will cost approximately $4,500. This chair will grow with Isaac over the next four to five years and will allow him to become increasingly mobile and able to sit. Currently his existing chair has many limitations, which will further exacerbate his condition. Insurance denied coverage stating that Isaac has no future potential and that providing funds for his chair would be a drain on the system. Isaac's mom disagrees.

Isaac is living proof of what God can do and how He defies logic. LCC met Jill and Isaac on Monday, March 21st, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, where Jill has been a lifelong member. Pastor Timothy Kinne, his wife Deb, and Annette Lemke (handler for Ladel Comfort Dog) were also present.

Isaac Jill was told that Isaac would not be able to wheel himself in a chair, he would not be able to sit up from a laying position, and that he would never be able to see. During the visit with Isaac we saw what was nothing short of a miracle. During the visit, while Isaac was in his chair, he wheeled himself over to look at things that caught his attention. Isaac saw Comfort Dog Ladel and reached out to touch her. When he was out of his chair lying on the floor, he managed to wiggle on the floor and sit up, propping himself against the wall. Isaac is a child filled with smiles, joy and God's potential.

Isaac Pastor Kinne asked Lutheran Church Charities if we could help and appeal to our LCC family and friends to secure funds in order to provide this blessing to the family. $4,500 is needed immediately in order to present a check on Easter Sunday Morning to the family for Isaac's chair. What a glorious testament to the power of Christ, Who provides all things we need before we even ask. Jill shared, “Isaac wants to play with the other children but right now he is left behind without wheels.”

We ask for your help in any of the following ways:

  • Pray for Jill, Little Isaac and the family
  • Consider sending a Resurrection Card to Isaac or a care package:
  •       St Matthew Lutheran Church
          24500 N Old McHenry Road
          Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047
          Attention: Little Isaac

  • Provide financial assistance to purchase the chair and help Jill and her family with any other future medical needs. Help Little Isaac get his set of wheels so that he is never left behind. CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE to meet Isaac and his family.

”Tim"

Tim Hetzner
President
Lutheran Church Charities

Help Little Isaac get his set of wheels so that he is never left behind. CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 March 2016 17:35
 
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."

Isaac

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.

To give, CLICK HERE

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):
Greetings,

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
 
Family in Desperate Need of Support Print E-mail
 Pastor Hesham Shehab LCC received the following email from Pastor Hesham Shehab (Salam Christian Fellowship - Lombard, IL) regarding a family in desperate need of support:
Dear Friends,
We need your prayers and financial support to a family in Jordan. Because the head of the household was persecuted for his faith, he left the country (and has petitioned for asylum in the US). While he goes through hard conditions of homelessness and scarcity of provisions, his seven-year-old son needs surgery that costs $800. Please show the love of Christ by donating to this cause. Thank you!

In God's Peace
Hesham Shehab
Pastor, Salam Christian Fellowship

To Donate CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 March 2016 16:58
 
Faith, Oaklawn Reaches Out to a Struggling Neighbor Print E-mail
Pastor Mark Birkholz
Dear Friends,

Several times in the past year you provided assistance to a friend of our congregation in need. He has struggled with health issues while caring for his disabled brother. Since that time he was struck by a car and injured, and his brother has undergone another major surgery. He will need approximately $500 per month for the next several months until he is able to return to work or qualifies for government assistance.

Any help that you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Pastor Mark Birkholz
To donate CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Friday, 01 April 2016 07:34
 
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