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Dear Friend of Orphan Grain Train Mid-Atlantic,
The world calls December “The Christmas Season” and it starts with shopping sprees, bright lights and festivities – right after (and even on!) Thanksgiving Day. Christians call it Advent, a season of reflective preparation for our King’s arrival. He comes to us; we cannot come to Him. As Orphan Grain Train continues to do the work he prepared for us, we remember this month especially to “bear fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8).
Hurricane Maria Relief on Its Way – November 29th was a beautifully warm and sunny day – perfect for loading the hurricane relief supplies you so generously donated! Three branches – Connecticut, Mid-Atlantic, and Maryland – came together to help hurricane victims. A dedicated band of MAB volunteers loaded rakes, shovels, brooms, cleaners, clothing and shoes into a partially filled Penske truck driven by Richard Klepps, the Connecticut assistant branch manager. From Wilmington the truck went to Annapolis and combined its contents with Maryland Branch donations for a shipment to Puerto Rico. We thank Norfolk for coordinating our joint efforts, and pray the container’s disaster aid will be delivered quickly to those most in need.
Grant-Matching Campaign Update – There is still time to contribute! With ten days to go we are 80% of the way to our $10,000 goal. We know 2017 has been a year of many appeals for disaster support. Thank you so much for choosing Orphan Grain Train! Your donation will go a long way to help suffering people. Remember, any money you send will be doubled up to $10,000 and we don’t want to leave any funds unmatched. Our deadline is December 10th. Please make your check payable to Orphan Grain Train Mid-Atlantic Branch and mail it to Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, 89 Line Road, Malvern, PA, 19355. Help us to be a blessing to others.
Did You See OGT on NBC? – On November 13th the Today Show mentioned Orphan Grain Train in their story about hurricane victims in Spring, TX. In their “Lend a Hand “segment Al Roker introduced OGT and showed 35,000 lbs. of groceries from Norfolk donated to Trinity Klein Lutheran Church. If you missed the program click on Lend a Hand OGT to view the episode. How exciting to see OGT on national television!
Warehouse Update – Our interim warehouse is a joy to work in and a vast improvement over our previous leaky roof situation! We continue to pray for Wilmington City Planning to permit construction so our space will be ready sometime in early 2018. As with most projects there are barriers along the way, but thanks be to God that we have a place to sort and pack while the details are worked out! We are operating as normal and need more volunteers Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9 am-noon. This is how and where our missionary work begins. Join us as we serve our servant King and hear him say, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
May the Lord bless your Advent preparations and grant you a Christmas rich with joy at the birth of his Son!
See you at the warehouse!