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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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Pastor Rich Gizynski Sends Gracious Letter After Receiving Donations to Help with Burial of Mother Print E-mail
Gizynski family

Because of your generous donations Pastor Gizynski was able to use the money to help defray the costs for the final burial of his mother. On Friday, June 27, LCC received the following email:

Tim and Mark,
Pictured are Michelle Pettypool, and Dale and Richard Mallette. They are the sister and nephews of Pastor Rich Gizynski. Michelle is holding a check from the gracious donations made by members of St. Paul, Lockport, and through Lutheran Church Charities. These gifts were used to defray the costs for the final disposition of Florence Gizynski, their mother and grandmother. The whole family is deeply grateful for the compassion and love that has been given in their time of loss.
Truly brothers, thank you very much.
Peace and Joy,
Pastor Rich Gizynski
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 10:03
 
Several Household Items Distributed at Salam Christian Fellowship Print E-mail
Pastor Hicham with dishes Thank you to Ms. Anderson for the donation of a set of dishes and household items that will make a difference in the life of a family at Salam Christian Fellowship.
 
Families in Need at Salam Christian Fellowship Receive Cars Print E-mail
Pastor Chehab A Ford Mustang and a Jeep Cherokee were donated to families in need at Salam Christian Fellowship. Pictured is Rev. Hicham Chehab who will deliver the vehicles to members of his church who desperately need vehicles for work. For more information about how you can donate a vehicle to a family in need, please visit www.LutheranChurchCharities.org
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 08:48
 
Evangelist in Need of Car Print E-mail
Evangelist

UPDATE:Thanks to a generous donor, Rev Hicham Chehab of Salam Christian Fellowship was able to deliver a Jeep Cherokee to this evangelist who needed a vehicle to help spread the Gospel.

On June 15, LCC received the following request from Pastor Hicham Chehab of Salam Christian Fellowship

An evangelist helping at Salam Christian Fellowship needs a car. Please help in spreading the Gospel among Arab communities by donating a car worthy of the road.
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In God's Peace
Hicham Chehab
Pastor, Salam Christian Fellowship
21w500 Butterfield Rd
Lombard, IL 60148
Mobile 331-645-0650
Please check out:
http://salamchristianfellowship.org/
http://youtu.be/O225ekmvvLs
http://muslimsforthemessiah.org
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 08:16
 
Wife and Mother of Two Young Children Seeks Financial Assistance to Battle Lyme Disease Print E-mail
UPDATE: LCC received the following email from Laurie

Dear LCC,

I just wanted to take a moment to express our appreciation and thanks for running the article about my Lyme Disease and requesting assistance for my treatment in Florida via LCC newsletter Laurie and Family I do not know who has donated to our fund, but I want to let all of them know how much we appreciate their graciousness and kindness towards us. We pray that God will bless them in a special way for such generosity. I will be posting my journey at Sponaugle Wellness Institute on my blog (www.hiswaysrhigher.blogspot.com)for anyone who wishes to follow it.

Laurie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Lyme disease last year. It has been confirmed that she is also suffering from a co-infection along with her chronic Lyme disease. She is a stay at home mom of two beautiful children, Ella and Hayden. She home schools them and enjoys the outdoors when she can.

Click here to read the full request, including more information from Laurie
Click here to donate to Laurie's treatment
Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 13:15
 
Church in Myanmar Able to Hand Out All 30 Scholarships Print E-mail
UPDATE:Because of your generous donations Pastor Edwards was able to enroll the remaining 15 students so now all 30 of the church's students are enrolled in school. Pastor Edwards sent the following email:
It is a great blessing to my students and to my church. I and my members were surprised to receive the second aid from you.

Everyone thought only 15 students would be able to attend school.. My members give thanks to God. Our church prays for LCC on a regular basis. Please pray for us. I will inform the progress of these students from time to time for your information.

Again, thank you for your help and kindness for the poor people.
Blessings.
Rev. Charles Edwards
Pastor National Lutheran Church of Myanmar.
NEED MET:

Last week we reported that $765.00 had been received for scholarships. Those monies were sent to Pastor Edwards and he enrolled 15 students. LCC has now received the remainder needed to send the rest of the children back to school for this semester. Thank you to everyone who so generously donated, you are Making a Difference in the lives of these children and their families!

Myanmar Children with Thank You sign ORIGINAL REQUEST:

We received the following request from Rev. Charles Edwards, pastor of the National Lutheran Church of Myanmar. Since 2011, LCC has been involved in raising funds for scholarships so that the children of Pastor Edwards' church can attend school. The scholarships cover the cost of admission fees, text and exercise books, uniforms, raincoats and school supplies. Each of the 30 students needs $50.00 to start back to school in June.

Dear Lutheran Church Charities,
Greetings from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Several years ago LCC raised money for scholarship for my students. I and my members always remember that. Thank you for it.

This year our country's financial situation is not good and this is effecting my church's donations.

Girl with new dress

Here the school will reopen on 2nd June and 30 middle school students from my church need scholarships to continue their education. Each student needs 50 USD for half year education.

All of their parents are hard labors and poor. And these families are new believers converted from other religions through our mission works.

In Myanmar there are very few Lutherans living here so it is very hard to ask for donations from other churches. My members and I pray and hope that you will help our poor students this time also. Please pray for us and for our country.

Blessings,
Rev. Charles Edwards
Pastor
National Lutheran Church of Myanmar
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 10:16
 
Founder of Operation Get It Done Donates Several Disaster Response Tools and Cleaning Supplies Print E-mail
Diane and Jim Talela Lutheran Church Charities would like to convey their gratitude to Michelle Talela. Michelle, the founder of Operation Get It Done, along with her parents, Diane and Jim Talela (pictured left), generously donated disaster response tools and cleaning supplies. The numerous rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and mops are greatly appreciated. We thank her and wish her God's blessings as she begins a new opportunity of service in Anchorage, Alaska.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:23
 
Several Household Items Donated Print E-mail
Ms. Jeanne Anderson A thank you to Ms. Jeanne Anderson for her donation of a number of furniture items. They have already been distributed to a number of families and individuals who needed them. We are grateful for your help in fulfilling those needs.
 
Pastor and Wife From Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pensacola, Florida Lose Everything in Recent Floods Print E-mail

Request from Reverend Michael Vokt of Trinity Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa

Rev Vokt On Tuesday, April 29th the worst flood that had has occurred in generations ripped through Pensacola, Florida destroying houses, flooding out cars, and has killed 36 people across seven states. It rained 26 inches in less than 24 hours and the rainwater in the houses was waist-high.

In that flood a dear friend, Rev. Randy Blankschaen (Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Penscola, FL) and his wife Lydia lost everything. The house is ruined, the cars are ruined, the clothes are ruined, and the cats are missing. The only thing that didn't get completely destroyed were the clothes they were wearing, and the insurance company isn't going to cover anything.

 
Family Donates Materials for Disaster Response Print E-mail
Materials donated A special thank you to Danny and Diane Curtiss - members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake who made the connection for some corporate donations, then picked up and delivered three skids containing pneumatic-framing nail guns, staple guns, trim nail guns, roofing nail guns, hand tackers, hand staplers, an assortment of nails, and other materials to be used in disaster response.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 11:11
 
Mustang Donated Print E-mail
1999 Mustang On Saturday, May 10th, Jerod and Maggie Ferry, members of St. John's Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois, donated their 1999 Ford Mustang to LCC.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 11:08
 
Your Donations Help a Family in Central Illinois with Medical Care Needs Print E-mail
Rev. Mark Miller with Check

Last week, Reverend Mark Miller received a check from LCC to present to the Central Illinois District Pastor's family whom has been in great need due to medical care their family has required.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 11:13
 
Car donated in Fremont California Print E-mail
Honda Accord donated in Fremont Lutheran Church Charities was able to connect Ian, a donor from San Romon, California, who wanted to donate a 2003 Honda Accord, with a church worker (Lisa) at LCMS-Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont, California.
 
Haiti Feeding Program Continues to Bless Starving Children Because of Your Generous Support Print E-mail
Haitian children gathered during the new year LCC received the following email from Sydney Kessa regarding her feeding program in Haiti. Thank you to everyone who so generously supports this vital program. Also thank you to the mission team from Trinity Lutheran Church of Urbana, Illinois who were in Haiti and helped serve the children:
"We give thanks to God who provides food for so many kids in the Jamel area especially in Beaudrouin. Last Tuesday, it was a feast and a dream for those kids to have the opportunity to eat at the restaurant for the first time. We do not know how to thank you, the only thing that we know is that God will continue to bless you."

These children are continually fed because of our generous supporters. This program will only continue with your continued support. Please consider supporting again or for the first time and may God richly bless you always.

Click here to donate to the Haiti Feeding Program Click here to view this exciting first time eating in a restaurant Click here to read the original appeal
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:37
 
Special Appeal for St. Matthew Chicago Family Who Lost Everything in a Fire Print E-mail

THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THIS FAMILY and showing what the Body of Christ does!

children's bed The outpouring of support for the Valdivia family following the fire that destroyed their home has been truly amazing. Donations have ranged from financial support, volunteer services - who have helped to pick up donations and help the family to move to their new home, in-kind donations of furniture for their new home, household items, clothing, to toys and personal items for the family. Pictured left is a new toddler bed for Tony and Korissa's 18-month-old daughter, which they were able to purchase from a donation of a gift card.

Valdivia family with donor George Ott Pictured right is Tony with his two younger brothers and father with Mr. George Ott, who donated the rental of a moving truck and three rooms-worth of furniture for the house. This is another act of God at work in the lives of His children and how He turns tragedy into blessings.

LCC staff members Deaconess Dianna Bonfield and Jessica Eggert sat down with the Valdivia family to hear their story:

Click here to hear Tony tell how he seen God working through this storm in their lives Read the original appeal
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 10:50
 
Special Appeal for St. Matthew Chicago Family Who Lost Everything in a Fire Print E-mail
Appeal went out last Thursday — over $11,000 given! The family is staying with Tony's parents right now. After some minor repairs, they will be moving into their new home in less than a week. THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THIS FAMILY and showing what the Body of Christ does!

Lutheran Church Charities staff members went to the EL Comedor Popular Soup Kitchen at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, April 22nd to present a check of your generous donations to Pastor Loza for Tony Valdivia and his family after their house burned down last week.

Tony and his family are extremely grateful for all the assistance they have been receiving. Tony told staff members:

Throughout the years I've been helping, whether it was the soup kitchen or home visitations, helping elderly people getting groceries, even preaching at church, helping people find God, get on that path to salvation and I always thought - I'm helping them and God will help me one day, and my day has come. Everyone at the church has been supportive; everyone at Lutheran Church Charities has kind of lifted me up... Knowing that I'm not alone and I'm not doing this by myself is telling me in my heart that there are people out there that care. The same way that I tried caring for them in God's eyes, in God's love, we all share that now.

Tony also expressed how they have seen God working in the midst of this tragedy. He said, "It's been very helpful because I do see now, truly, because I feel it, I see that the materialistic things are not important in life. What's important is you have your family around that loves you. The importance of life is what Jesus came here to teach us, which is caring about one another and not caring about oneself and not caring about the materialistic things we want in life and more about giving to others."

While this family is still struggling financially and emotionally, they did express great thanks for all of the support that they have already received, and they have a feeling of hope for the future: "Knowing that God did not leave me at any time from the point of the phone call until now... He is there and He is calming me down and keeping me strong. God's miracles work through people."

Click here to read the original appeal
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 10:50
 
Fire Burns Home of St. Matthew's Staff Member Tony Valdivia Print E-mail

Request from Pastor Julio Loza of St Matthew Lutheran Church (home of the El Comedor Popular Soup Kitchen LCC supports) in the Pilsen Neighborhood in Chicago

EASTER is NEW LIFE - Please consider sharing that New Life in Christ with a family who is hurting. Just this week, the two flat apartment building where Tony Valdivia, a lay assistant at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, and his family lived, burned down causing the loss of all their belongings. Tony, his wife Korissa, and their two children, 1-1/2 year-old daughter Kiara and six-year-old son Tony Jr., were not in the apartment at the time of the fire. For that they and we are thankful. However, the family did not have renter's insurance and have lost everything, including their appliances that they had purchased and just paid off.

Tony has been a member of St. Matthew since age 7. He is now in his mid-twenties and assists with bilingual worship services (English/Spanish) at St. Matthew's mission of faith. He also teaches a confirmation class. When not serving at St Matthew, Tony works as a manager of a fast food restaurant. Korrissa, his wife, just completed her training and is a certified nail technician. In January she had back surgery. She is still receiving physical therapy and is unable to work. Once she has completed her therapy she is hoping to find a job and help support the family financially.

The family has found very short-term temporary shelter in the home of friends. They are looking for another apartment as soon as they can, but need $1,600 to cover the first month's rent and security deposit. They also need financial assistance to replace their lost possessions.

Lutheran Church Charities joins with Pastor Loza and the congregation of St. Matthew to request your prayers and financial support for the family as they struggle to rebuild their lives.

So consider this Easter of Bringing a New LIFE gift to this family who are truly Servants of Our Lord.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 10:46
 
Clothing Donation Made to the Baby Bank at Calvary Lutheran Church in Wood Dale Print E-mail
Debbie Potts presenting Pastor Rich Heller from Calvary Lutheran Church with a baby clothes donation LCC staff member Debbie Potts presented Pastor Rich Heller from Calvary Lutheran Church in Wood Dale, Illinois with baby clothes for their Baby Bank.

Many thanks go to the anonymous donor for this contribution.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:03
 
Blankets Donated Go to a Family in Need Print E-mail
Tim Hetzner, Dianna Bonfield, and Pastor John Brazeal of Christ the King Lutheran Church with the donation of blankets for a family in need On Wednesday, March 19th, blankets which were made and donated by a family had been picked up by Pastor John Brazeal of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Chicago for a family in need.
 
Car Donated to Member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Chicago Print E-mail
Nissan donated by Craig Brown and his son Nissan donated to Pastor John Brazeal and recipient member Tim from Christ the King Lutheran Church On Wednesday, March 19th, LCC President Tim Hetzner presented the car donated by Craig Brown and his son in December 2013 to Pastor John Brazeal of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Chicago and member recipient Tim.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:04
 
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