Orphan Grain Train

If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
James 2:15-16 (ESV)

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Epiphany (ee-PIH-fuhny), meaning "manifestation" or "shining forth", is the celebration of God's incarnation in the child Jesus, and also that His gift of grace is extended to all, both Jew and Gentile. Epiphany contains several important festivals: First, the day of Epiphany celebrates the visit of the magi and their prophetic gifts declaring Jesus to be Messiah, priest, and king. Next, Jesus' baptism reminds us that Jesus came to fulfill all righteousness - and God the Father declares that Jesus is His Son. Finally, near the close of the Epiphany season comes the Transfiguration, commemorating the day when Christ, for just a brief moment, pulled back the curtain and let the disciples have just a glimpse of His Godly glory - and, once again, God the Father declares that Jesus is His Son. The two colors of Epiphany are White and Green - White for the glory and purity of Christ, and Green for spiritual growth which comes from hearing Christ's revelation as God. At the end of Epiphany, we come down from the mountaintop and begin the penitent walk toward Christ's passion and death in the season of Lent.

What's Orphan Grain Train?

Orphan Grain Train is a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod outreach which provides relief for human need worldwide. Check out their website for more information.  Only 4 cents out of every donated dollar is used for overhead expenses; 96% goes directly to program.  Not many charities can match that record!  (As an example, the American Red Cross uses 92% of every donation for program expenses.)

Orphan Grain Train Packing Event - September 2011

Orphan Grain Train Packing Event

Cardboard boxes formed a maze on the floor as members of SonRise Lutheran Church sorted through piles of clothing, linens, and bedding. Each item was carefully inspected and folded before being placed in a labeled box, sealed and stacked for distribution.

Twenty congregational members ranging in age from 4 months to 83 years volunteered their time to help those who otherwise might go cold this winter. “Most of us wouldn’t consider ourselvesLots of Boxes rich,” said Rev. Ben Bahr, SonRise’s pastor. “Yet when we hear cries of need around the world, and even here in our own community, we realize that we can make a difference. It’s a great joy to be able to be a blessing to others, as we have ourselves been blessed.”

Clothing was donated by members and friends of the congregation, and it was estimated to weigh in at over 2,000 pounds. Some boxes were sent to victims of the flooding in local communities this year; others were distributed by Orphan Grain Train, a Christian volunteer network that shares personal and material resources with needy people in America and around the world.

How does SonRise partner with Orphan Grain Train?

In addition to regular budgeted donations from our ministry fund, SonRise holds donation and packing events like the one mentioned above.

How do I get involved?

Richard Lomnitzer leads our Orphan Grain Train outreach. He can be reached by contacting us.