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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.
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Single Woman of Six Children in Need of a Van Print E-mail

Request from Pastor Mark Carlson of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Kettering, Ohio

LCC received a request from Pastor Mark Carlson of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Kettering, Ohio:
Dear Lutheran Church Charities,

Dawn Ogle is a woman our congregation has been ministering to who is in need of a van to carry 7 passengers. She has fallen on hard times due to a devastating house fire. Dawn is a grandmother caring for her six grandchildren whose mother passed away. We are so blessed that the Lord has been drawing Dawn into the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Kettering congregation as she is now attending our Adult Instruction Class to become a Confirmed Member and we are planning to baptize her six grandchildren.

Your Brother in Christ,
Pastor Mark Carlson

If you have a working van please consider donating it to LCC for this single mother. All vehicles that are donated to LCC go directly out to families or individuals through our congregations. NO vehicles are sold. If you would like to donate call LCC at 866-455-6466 and we will help with the details.

 
LCC Staff Member Marshal Frisque and Family Head to LCMS Seminary - Prayer & Financial Support Needed Print E-mail

Request from Marshal Frisque of Lutheran Church Charities

On Tuesday, March 4th, LCC received a request for prayer and financial support from LCC staff member Marshal Frisque as he and his family prepare to move to Fort Wayne, Indiana to attend Seminary:
Frisque family Greetings in Christ!

I write you today to seek your support, both in prayer and financially. My wife Kolyssa and I, along with our 8-month-old daughter Cadence, will be leaving Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) to attend Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

My time at LCC has taught me the importance of serving those in need and bringing them the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. God has laid it on our hearts to follow the track into Pastoral ministry where I will be used by Him to help nurture believers and bring people closer to Christ.

This move and entering a four-year program comes at a hefty financial cost. God will stretch my family in many ways and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve. We ask that if the Lord lays it on your heart to help support us to please do so. If you would like to keep in touch with us and follow a seminarian family through the process of becoming a pastor, please subscribe to our blog, Becoming Pastor Marshal.

We thank everyone for their support, encouragement and love as we follow God's path for our lives. We hold you dear in our thoughts and prayers.

In Christ,
Marshal and Kolyssa Frisque

If you would like to financially support Marshal and his family as they enter the seminary, click here to donate to the LCC Seminarian Support Fund and select Marshal from the list of seminarians
Last Updated on Saturday, 08 March 2014 11:18
 
Pecatonica, Illinois: Parents of Six Children Lose Home to a Fire Print E-mail
On Friday, February 28th, LCC received the following request from Pastor David Thies of St. Paul Lutheran Church & School:
Dear Tim and Friends at Lutheran Church Charities,

Aaron and Lorrie Wolf lost their family home to a fire On Thursday, February 27th, the lives of the Wolf family of Pecatonica, Illinois, Aaron & Lorrie, parents and 6 children of 8th grade to age 3, changed rather quickly. At 5:30am, Dad Aaron arose to begin his day and noticed a strange glow in the wall near the wood burning stove used to supplement the main heating unit to their two story and fairly aged home in the country on a few acres. Upon further investigation, he realized that time was short - the house and all in it were at risk.

The family was quickly aroused and exited safely, only to stand and watch the house ignite and be mostly consumed by flames as they awaited the emergency vehicles' arrival. They had escaped mostly with only what they had worn in their exit. Mother Lorrie described it contemporaneously in the following way in a posting on Facebook about an hour later:

"Dear friends, God saved us again this morning. Everyone is safe and sound, but our house is gone. A fire is consuming it right now. Please be in prayer for us as we deal with this new trial in our lives. God is with us, He neither leaves nor forsakes us. I will try to find a way to communicate our needs. I know everyone is concerned. Mostly we covet your prayers while we take a day to set up housekeeping with our family and assess our needs. God has graciously provided for us a temporary home with Aaron's parents and, most importantly, our family is safe."

The Wolfs have been a member family with us at St. Paul Lutheran Church & School for about six or seven years. We have watched several kids be born and all of them grow. Prior to this tragedy, we have walked with them in the discovery and impact of dealing with their third child Carl's diagnosis of Muscular Dystrophy for which he has been treated for about three years and their second child Kate's struggle with Diabetes and very erratic blood sugar causing repeated emergency hospitalizations. Now with this, we wish to help them financially through donations with Lutheran Church Charities helping as it might assist.

The Wolfs did have homeowners insurance to help some with some immediate cash which for clothes and other immediate needs. These have been supplemented by many friends from St. Paul and their homeschool group making unused clothes and other items available. They were able to move into the adjoining duplex unit to Aaron's parents that was available with the death of Aaron's grandmother prior, so that they had immediate temporary housing. Now we, as their fellow Christians brace with them for the certain time when temporary funds are expended and financial needs of the long term challenge them in being made whole from their experience and losses of property and medical care needs for the children's ailments.

Aaron works as a writer and editor for a magazine on culture from a Christian perspective. Lorrie is part time employed as coordinator of the local Classical Communications homeschool co-op in Rockford. Aaron teaches Bible class at our church and the family has always been active and faithful in worship attendance with us and a joy to all.

Please consider whether you might help us administrate the receipt of donations in partnership with St. Paul so that we can start the process of helping the Wolfs financially.

Let's extend our graciousness and help this family in a time of great need. Click here to donate
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:36
 
Single Mother in Need of Financial Assistance Print E-mail

Request from Pastor Dave Bottorff of St. John Lutheran Church in Darien, Illinois

Pastor Dave Bottorff LCC received the following request for assistance from Pastor Dave Bottorff of St. John Lutheran Church in Darien, Illinois:
Dear LCC,

I am writing you regarding a member of our St. John Lutheran Church in Darien, Illinois family. My concern is for our member, she is a devoted mother of a five year old and is struggling financially. These financial struggles are compounded by the fact that she is unemployed, living in a women's shelter and trying to meet monthly living expenses with no current income other than a monthly social security check.

In the past she has worked in a daycare position; but she no longer holds that position. Most recently, she has been in two car accidents, both requiring that she pay a $1,000 deductible towards the repair of her vehicle.

Any financial assistance that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. We are prayerfully asking for help during these struggling times.

Thank you for your prayers for this member and her son and for your financial support for her!

Pastor Dave

Click here to donate to the Member Assistance - St John Darien Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 18:13
 
Family in Need of Financial Assistance for Medical Treatment Print E-mail

Request from Rev. Dr. Lee Hagan of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Concordia, Missouri

LCC received the following request for assistance from Rev. Dr. Lee Hagan, Senior Pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Concordia, Missouri:
Funds for Martens Family St. Paul Lutheran Church Concordia MissouriGreetings in the Lord! Gina Martens is our congregation's Director of Family Life Ministry. Her daughter, Kerstin, was diagnosed with severe form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder last Spring. This fall, she began to struggle severely and was hospitalized for three months at Mayo Clinic. Kerstin has returned home, but recently went through a set of treatments that were not covered by insurance. The financial burden on the family from their time at Mayo (a portion of which was covered by insurance) and this latest treatment is exceedingly great. Would LCC assist us in striving to provide support for this family?

Thanks for all you do to support families in need.

Peace in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Lee Hagan
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Concordia, Missouri

Click here to learn more about Kerstin and her illness Click here to donate - Medical Assistance - St Paul's Concordia, Missouri
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 19:41
 
LCMS Pastor Seeking Support to Become a USA Citizen Print E-mail

Request from Pastor Hicham Chehab of Salam Christian Fellowship in Chicago, Illinois

LCC received the following request from Pastor Hicham Chehab of Salam Christian Fellowship, an LCMS Church that ministers to Islamic converts in the Chicagoland area:
Dear Friends,

Nearly ten years ago, Pastor Bernie convinced me to study theology in the USA. Moved by the Spirit, I left family, work and friends in Beirut, Lebanon, and came to the land of the free and the home of the brave arriving on the eve of Christmas 2004. I was asked to complete theological studies leading to the pastoral ministry at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

It was not an easy decision for my wife and me! However, the Spirit of Christ gave me the power to resign from two jobs, to leave my family, to leave an almost finished doctoral program of Islamic history, and took a leap, a huge leap and came to America. With several death threats from relatives in Beirut, I began seminary education in Fort Wayne, Indiana and then moved six times in two states. We lived a challenging and frugal life during the following eight years. By God's grace I found a safe haven in America the Beautiful, where I could share the Gospel with the lost, without dodging bullets and bayonets. By the power of God, doors were opened that permitted me to begin a Word and Sacrament ministry which offered God's promises to people living in the darkness of sin. This ministry aimed at bringing Muslims to Jesus is on the move, slowly growing and expanding. People from the Middle East are coming to Salam Christian Fellowship regularly. By God's grace twenty-three people have been baptized in the past five years.

This February (2014) will be the big moment when my family and I can begin the process to apply for American citizenship. Then, I will be able to hang my hat, in the greatest country in human history, and bring more stability to my family and the Lord's ministry in the Chicagoland area.

Now my challenge is to come up with more than $4500, which is needed for the citizenship application for my family of three, Mona, Nour, and myself. I am asking you to prayerfully consider helping me to make this project a reality. Thanks for your partnership in God's mission.

Rev. Hicham Chehab

Click here to donate to the Hicham Chehab Citizenship Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:51
 
Christian Single Mother and Son are in Need of Support for Living Expenses and Medical Bills Print E-mail

Request from Pastor Alan Buss from Immanuel Lutheran Church - Belvidere, Illinois

LCC received the following request from Pastor Alan Buss of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, Illinois:
Single mother and son are in need of assistance with living expenses and medical bills. The mother had major surgery four months ago and has been unable to return to her full-time job. Her son had a major physical injury this past year and needs surgery on his head in the coming months. Because of being off work, bills have been a financial challenge and emotionally draining to both. Any help would be greatly appreciated to help them through this difficult time. Help the Body of Christ be the Body of Christ to this wonderful Christian mom and son.
Click here to donate to the Financial Assistance Fund - Immanuel Belvidere, Illinois
 
Family Seeking Temporary Housing in Northwestern Chicago While Son is Receiving Treatment for Leukemia Print E-mail

Request from Eileen Fitzenreiter of the Ohio District for the LCMS Foundation:

LCC received the following request for temporary housing from Eileen Fitzenreiter of LCMS Foundation's Ohio District:
My assistant's 28-year-old son has been suffering through treatment for his rare form of leukemia for nearly a year. With no good match for a bone marrow donor found in the national database he needs to go to University of Chicago Hospital in Chicago, Illinois for a complex transplant. His home is in New Orleans, Louisianan and his family's home is in Ohio. He was finally being taken to Chicago on a medical flight on January 18th and will need to be there for at least six months after the transplant. He will be in the hospital some of that time but his family and caregivers need a place to stay. We are currently looking for some economical housing available for his family now. Perhaps a snowbird that would sublet their home to this wonderful family. Later on when he is able to leave the hospital, his immune system will be completely compromised so he will need a "sterile" environment then too. If you have any suggestions for these situations, we would certainly appreciate your advice.
If you or someone you know has a home for this family, please contact Eileen Fitzenreiter by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this trying time.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:12
 
Help Iranian Convert with Final $800 for Dentures Print E-mail

Request from Pastor Hicham Chehab of Salam Christian Fellowship in Chicago:

Shaker needing dental work Shaker, 53, is a convert from Iran who helps at Salam Arabic Fellowship, and opens his home for our ESL classes. For the past two years we have been working on getting Shaker's teeth pulled and dentures made. All of the teeth he had left were badly infected and had to be pulled. We are in need of $800.00 for lab work to finish his dentures. We have a dentist who has volunteered his services, the $800.00 is for lab costs only. Thank you for your continued support to help this dear brother with his terrible dental problems. Click here to donate to the Iranian Dentures Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:16
 
Car Needed for Immigrant Man in Columbus, Ohio Print E-mail

Request From Pastor Marc Schroeder, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio

Pastor Marc Schroeder Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Columbus Ohio LCC received the following vehicle request from Pastor Marc Schroeder from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio:
Thinking of getting rid of an old car at the beginning of the new year? One of the immigrants that we serve at Prince of Peace in Columbus, Ohio is in need of a vehicle. His current vehicle has 219,000 miles and the transmission has just gone out. He works faithfully 40 hours/week, but does not have money saved to purchase a car. If anyone has a car you are thinking of getting rid of, that is still in working order, this person would be a very grateful recipient! Thank you for your help to a fellow Christian in need!

If you have a working car please consider donating it to LCC for this gentleman. All vehicles that are donated to LCC go directly out to families or individuals through our congregations. NO vehicles are sold. If you would like to donate call LCC at 866-455-6466 and we will help with the details.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:15
 
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