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Dollar-In Dollar-Out Policy

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
Disabled Family Members in Need of Funds to Relocate Print E-mail
Pastor Schilf Request from Pastor Warren Schilf, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Palatine, Illinois

Immanuel is working with a longtime member family who is in need of assistance.

The daughter is moving her father and one disabled brother to a new residence in Arizona, and her other disabled brother to Minnesota. They have sold their house in Palatine; she will move to an apartment in the area.

The moving expenses will exceed what they have from the sale of the house. The brother who is moving into disabled housing in Minnesota also needs assistance with the deposit on the apartment.

The moving expenses and deposit are $4,000. Immanuel is working with the family on some additional needs. Any assistance they can receive to help them through this difficult time will be a tremendous blessing.

Donate to Help this Family Move
Haitian Pastor in Need of Funds for Heart Surgery Print E-mail
Marky Kessa Request from Pastor Marky Kessa President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti (ELCH)

On Friday, October 17, LCC received the following information from Pastor Marky Kessa for his brother:

Dear [LCC], Thank you for your prayers for my brother Rev. Raoul Kessa who has a heart problem, and Haiti can't do anything for him. He needs to go to Cuba for his surgery - very soon this coming week, the cost is about $11,000 for the surgery, travel and medicine.

Please help us with your prayers and your financial gift if it is possible, we believe God will take good care of him.

Rev. Marky Kessa

Donate to Help Pastor Raoul Kessa
Special Appeal from our Kare-9 Military Dogs to help a Marine Family in North Carolina with Medical Needs Print E-mail

Please join the LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry dogs in showing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to this Marine family in need.

Little Geronime Little Geronime was born in May 2013. Doctors did not expect him to survive, to go home, or to celebrate his first birthday. But God said differently and Little Geronime celebrated his first birthday in May.

Little Geronime has 28 medical diagnoses and is under the care of 16 medical professionals ( This year the family has already had over $7,000 in unexpected expenses and needs our help.

His father is a Marine currently stationed in North Carolina. Mom is not able to earn an income because taking care of Little Geronime is not only a full-time job, but a 24/7 blessing. Recently, she posted on Facebook:

Geronime with his momLittle man can not play chase with the little girl that is 6 months younger than him.
There was no cake and no birthday party when he turned 1, we were getting ready for more surgeries and he cant eat solids anyway.
I can't teach him to say "up" or "milk" because half the time he doesn't even want to wear his hearing aids.
I am disgusted by dirty looks from women in church who were told that they can't bring a stroller in, because I wish I could hold my child in my lap like they can. I am not able to go to any "adult only" events because even licensed nurses refuse to babysit my child.
My husband desperately wants to go on a date without kids, but knows that is not a possibility.
Anyone who thinks a crying hungry baby is horrible, should try listening to a machine that goes "bee-doo bee-doo bee-doo" over and over again every 3 hours.
Some people can't afford certain things because they are undisciplined with money. We strap ourselves in tight, do everything right, and still can't do those things because that "cute helmet" cost $1800, and we still don't know if the insurance will pay for the last bit of his most recent surgery, and gas for 3 hour drives to the hospital are not always reimbursable.

But would I trade lives with those moms if I could?

God gave me a family that doesn't give up, no matter what the challenge is!
My hubs knows when I need a hug, and he tries to be so strong for me that sometimes I have to forcefully pry to get him to tell me about his own troubles.
While other babies are expected to meet milestones, we celebrate every time ours surpassed all odds to achieve something that wasn't expected of him!
While other babies cry because they are spoiled and get whatever they want, mine smiles excitedly when by his determination alone he finally wiggles the 6 inches it takes to reach his foot off of the mat so he can tap it on the wood floor!
My children are deprived of many fun things and still are able to behave in public, often getting compliments from perfect strangers.
We have a church family now that is so much more encouraging than the church "friends" that stopped talking to me when I was pregnant with a very different 3rd child!
My little man proves that there is NO such thing as a legit excuse, they don't exist!
My God provides, at some point we will have everything we need one way or another!
The woman I used to be, is no where near as strong as God is making me to be!

And most importantly...
I know women who are stronger than me, because their baby is already waiting for them in heaven...

Mine is still alive,
Isn't that, all by itself, enough to be happy about...
You can contribute by:
Donating online:
     Little Boy Geronime Medical Fund
Donating by mail (please put "Geronime Medical Fund" in the memo line):
     Lutheran Church Charities
     333 West Lake Street
     Addison, IL 60101
Donate by phone: (866) 455-6466
Last Updated on Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:12
Former Muslim in Need of Funds for Medical Expenses Print E-mail
Pastor Hicham Request from Pastor Hicham Chehab of Salam Christian Fellowship in Lombard, Illinois

On Tuesday, October 14, LCC received the following request from Pastor Chehab:

Bahram was born in Iran to a Muslim Shiite family. When he grew up, he worked his way up to being a high official in the government of the Shah (King) of Iran. After the upheaval of the Iranian Government, Bahram, like many ranking officials, was thrown into prison.

His health was compromised while in prison. Later, Bahram was allowed out of prison but was not allowed to work. However, at different intervals of time, the consecutive Iranian governments rounded up the Shah's officials again and again, with every transfer of power. Twenty years ago, in one of those Iranian dungeons, Bahram heard about the Prince of Peace for the first time from a priest who was imprisoned with him. Bahram was able to leave Iran to Dubai, where he acquired a US tourist visa. He discovered Salam Christian Fellowship upon his arrival and was catechized and baptized in Jesus Christ.

Since Bahram was persecuted for political reasons by Tehran, and he converted to Christianity, something that incurs execution by decapitation in Iran, he has since filed for asylum.

Because of his prison experience, he is frail and recently spent about a week in a hospital. While in the hospital, he was praying to be granted asylum, because health benefits are part of asylum. Since he has no health insurance, Bahram's chronic health issues and expenses have become a burden on those he is staying with. The immigration judge postponed any decision on asylum for five years to this man, who will soon be 78, on the pretext that immigration cases are backed up and there are no available officers to process such cases.

In Christ,
Rev. Hicham Chehab
Donate to Help with Medical Expenses
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:46
Family in Need After Flooding and Accident Print E-mail
Pastor Eaves Request from Pastor Thomas Eaves of St. John's, Barnesville Minnesota

On Tuesday, September 23, LCC received the following request

Assistance is needed for a family in our community that our congregation is trying to help. The basement of their home was flooded just as they had begun to remodel the home.

A year after the flood the husband was involved in a freak accident that left him partially handicapped and unable to find a job. The wife was working, but recently had their third child causing her to be unable to work as childcare is not available.

During this time, they have been able to pay for necessities, but the repairs to the home are only possible with donations of time, talent, and money. Family members are maxed out on helping with finances. Installing a furnace and landscaping to prevent further flooding still needs to be done before winter arrives. Any assistance that could be given would be received with great thanksgiving to the Lord.

Pastor Thomas E. Eaves
St. John's Lutheran Church
1103 4th Ave NE Baresville, MN 56514
218-354-7158 - Office
701-340-8324 - Cell
Donate to Help this Family Out
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:51
Lutheran Church of the Philippines Bookkeeper in Need of $2,500 for Cancer Treatment Print E-mail
Tom Grunow LCC received word from Tom Grunow, Director of Biblical Generosity at Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, that Espie Ariones, the bookkeeper and assistant at the Lutheran Church of the Philippians, has been diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.
Her surgery, chemotherapy and medications will cost $2,500. Espie receives a salary from the church that covers her daily needs but not the extra expenses from the cancer. Espie has been vital to the recent turnaround of the LCP as President James right hand person, handling all the details of running his office and the church finances. Her illness prevents her from working and the LCP only can afford to keep her on pay roll since there are no health benefits, the LCP cannot afford to offer benefits. Three years ago she took confirmation classes and became Lutheran when I was honored to provide her with an engraved Bible recognizing this. She has several grown children and a daughter in high school. Espie will begin chemo therapy when she has the raised the money she needs to pay for it.

Tom, who works closely with the LCP and will be traveling to the Philippines later this month, is asking for our help to cover her medical expenses.

Doante to Help With Breast Cancer Treatment
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:19
Veteran in Need of Housing Print E-mail
Bob A 53-year-old single male is looking for a room to rent in a home or garden apartment, preferably in a Northwest suburb location that is close to his work. He is an ex-marine who works full time, is quiet, a non-drinker and a Christian. He is a smoker. If you can help please contact LCC at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 866-455-6466
Couple in Financial Need After Loss of Job Print E-mail
Past Wahl Request from Pastor Harold Wahl of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thornton, Illinois

LCC received the following message from Pastor Harold Wahl of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thornton, Illinois.

Assistance is needed for an older couple, both of whom are life-long members of our congregation. The husband (age 60) has been laid off for about a year and has had no results in job hunting. The wife (mid-50's) has had medical issues, including hospitalization for depression. During this time, the bills have been accumulating for housing, utilities, car payments, insurance, and other necessities. Family members are maxed out on helping with finances. Any assistance that could be given would be received with great thanksgiving to the Lord.

Pastor Harold Wahl
St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church
508 Chicago Road
Thornton, IL 60476
708-877-6564 - Office
708-269-4382 - Cell

Donate to Help This Family Out
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:42
Pastor Hicham In Need of Funds to Finalize Naturalization Process for Himself and Family Print E-mail
Pastor Hicham Request from Pastor Hicham Chehab of Salam Christian Fellowship

On Tuesday, September 2, LCC received the following message from Pastor Hicham Chehab of Salam Christian Fellowship in Lombard:

Dear Friends, We thank all those who donated generously towards the naturalization process of my family. More funds are needed for that process, which is heading towards its last stage. The estimated additional cost is $ 1000.

Thanks for being part of God's mission.

In God's Peace,

Hicham Chehab
Pastor, Salam Christian Fellowship
21w500 Butterfield Rd
Lombard, IL 60148
Mobile 3316450650
Read Original Request Donate to the Hicham Citizenship Fund
Joliet, Illinois in Need of Volunteers After Being Hit by Two Microbursts Print E-mail
Joliet Damage

On Tuesday, August 26, LCC Disaster Response Team members Ed Boerman and Joel Moritz deployed out in a six-block area in Joliet, Illinois, after that neighborhood was hit by a microburst the night before.

Although the public works has cleared most of the streets of fallen trees, some private residents are still in need of removal. LCC is working with Our Savior Lutheran Church in Joliet.

This area of Joliet is impoverished and populated with many retired shut-ins. Most cannot afford to have the trees taken off of their houses or cut up as they do not have insurance.

Chainsaw teams will be be deployed today and this week to assist these residents, who have little or no insurance to cover the removal.

If you have time this week to help, please contact the LCC office at 866-455-6466 or click the link below.

LCC never charges those we serve, so please consider volunteering (chainsaw people or people to haul cut up wood). Thank you for all of your support in bringing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who suffer.

Register to Volunteer in Joliet Donate to the LCC Disaster Relief Fund View Photos of the Damage Caused by the Microbursts
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:59
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