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Lutheran Church of Haiti Leader, Pastor Marky Kessa, Seeks Support for Proper Burial of a Loved One Print E-mail
Pastor Kessa - Haiti Lutheran Church LCC has received the following email from Jackie Rychel, member of St. Mark in Chesterland, Ohio. Jackie has been very involved with the work being done through the Lutheran Church in Haiti. She and her husband Mark are currently in Haiti with Pastor Marky Kessa and his family:
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Peace be to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

I write to you on behalf of Pastor Marky Kessa. Mark and I are in Jacmel as I write this and share in their grief.

For all of you who know the Kessa family you may have met Dimitry and Rodolph, his younger brother. Rodolph lived with Pastor Marky and his family and was a constant companion of Howard. Rodolph was diagnosed with Leukemia at the tender age of 17. This coming just after his mother, Marie Loude was diagnosed with breast cancer. Marie Loude has had surgery and is recovering, however Rodolph was taken to Cuba for treatment of Leukemia. Early this morning (December 9) the Lord brought Rodolph home. The family is saddened by this, heartbroken even. Please keep them in your prayers... Click here to read more

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Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 08:55
 
Lutheran Church of Haiti Leader, Pastor Marky Kessa, Seeks Support for Proper Burial of a Loved One Print E-mail
Kessa Family Funeral FundLCC has received the following email from Jackie Rychel, member of St. Mark in Chesterland, Ohio. Jackie has been very involved with the work being done through the Lutheran Church in Haiti. She and her husband Mark are currently in Haiti with Pastor Markey Kessa and his family:
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Peace be to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

I write to you on behalf of Pastor Marky Kessa. Mark and I are in Jacmel as I write this and share in their grief.

For all of you who know the Kessa family you may have met Dimitry and Rodolph, his younger brother. Rodolph lived with Pastor Marky and his family and was a constant companion of Howard. Rodolph was diagnosed with Leukemia at the tender age of 17. This coming just after his mother, Marie Loude was diagnosed with breast cancer. Marie Loude has had surgery and is recovering, however Rodolph was taken to Cuba for treatment of Leukemia. Early this morning (December 9) the Lord brought Rodolph home. The family is saddened by this, heartbroken even. Please keep them in your prayers.

Now the task of recovering the body from the Communist Country of Cuba is the challenge. The family has spent a great deal of money just to get treatment and is asking for your support to bring Rodolph, Marie Laude and her daughter back to Haiti. It will cost the family $7000.00 US dollars to send the body back to Haiti and the usual cost for two airline tickets.

We trust in the Lord that this burden will be taken from our shoulders and the family will find a way to bring Rodolph back to Haiti for a proper Christian burial.

Yours Truly in Christ,

Jackie Rychel
On behalf of the Kessa Family

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:29
 
Support Needed for Medical Mission Trip to Liberia Print E-mail
Lutheran Church Charities Medical Mission Trip to Liberia LCC received the following request for support from Pastor Kenety Gee of Chatham Fields Lutheran Church in Chicago:

Chatham Fields, an urban Lutheran congregation on the south side of Chicago, is partnering with Lutherans in Medical Mission in consultation with LCMS Mercy Medical Team and Lutheran Malaria Initiative, to take a medical mission trip to Liberia, West Africa in December 2013. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia (ELCL), became an official partner church of the LCMS at the recent convention in St. Louis. This young partner church has the task of witnessing in a country that is recovering from fifteen years of civil war with over 80 percent of the population unemployed. Among some of the poorest countries in the world, needless to mention, people are unable to afford basic medical care.

Along with our pastor, we are sending a medical team lead by a urologist from Northwestern Memorial Medical Hospital in Chicago. The team will do general health assessment and perform simple urological procedures such as removal of large kidney and bladder stones and repair inguinal hernias and perform circumcisions. Hernias are common among men and kidney and bladders stones common among the broader population but especially among women.

The trip is all set. We have our airline tickets and license to practice medicine temporarily from the Liberian Ministry of Health. The Chief Medical Officer, together with his medical board, from one of the largest hospitals in the country has agreed to allow us to use the hospital for surgical procedures.

The problem now is that we need medical supplies to take with us. We have identified a place where we can purchase supplies at an extremely reasonable price; Project C.U.R.E sells medical supplies for developing countries. We are writing to ask you to please help us meet our goal of taking ten medical kits with us. Each kit is $200 plus airline shipping fees of $150 to Liberia.

Any question, you can email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thanks in advance for all your help.

Serving together,
Rev. Kenety S. Gee

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Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 12:27
 
Help Support Lutheran Parish Nurse International (LPNI) Print E-mail
lpni Marcy Schnorr, LCMS Director of Lutheran Parish Nurses, is requesting financial support for Lutheran Parish Nurse International. LPNI is a network of Lutheran parish nurses in the global community. Their mission statement is "With Jesus Christ as our Cornerstone, The Lutheran Parish Nurses International equips parish nurses to extend the healing ministries of Christ." As Chairperson for LPNI, Marcy is asking for help in sending two of our nurses, Raeda Mansour of Bethlehem, Palestine and Suganthi Kumar of Ambur, India to the LPNI Annual Study Tour occurring in Germany in August of 2014. $5000 needs to be raised for their attendance as their countries cannot afford to send them.

Raeda is the ONLY Parish Nurse in Palestine and the only Lutheran Parish nurse in the Middle East. She lives behind a 25 foot wall that surrounds Bethlehem serving Palestinians in all ages, from infancy to the elderly. This study tour will be valuable for Raeda as she will have the opportunity to meet with other Parish Nurses who serve their communities and to share and learn with her sisters in Christ. We expect $5000 to cover the cost for both. Can you help?

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Next week in Making a Difference Newsletter meet Suganthi, Parish Nurse from India!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 11:10
 
M-END Needs Your Help Print E-mail
mend LCC received the following request from Dr. Susan Busse of M-END, and Organization Helping End Malaria Around the World:

M-END is going to Malawi East Africa September 1-16, 2013. We have been invited by James Nyondo, author of the book ABSOLUTE INTEGRITY to go into towns, villages, and the countryside with our malaria treatment. Our goal is to provide the healing and compassion that Christ has instructed all of us to do, whether it is our own back yard or going to the nations of the world. Please consider us in your prayers and donations in our ongoing mission to spread the Word of Jesus Christ.

NEEDED ASAP: We have also been made aware of the need for 3 used laptops to bring with us to Malawi for malaria research. If anyone can donate these, we would deeply appreciate it. May God richly bless you!

If you would like to donate a laptop to LCC for M-END to take with them to Malawi, please contact Dianna Bonfield at 866-455-6466 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Click here to donate to the M-END Fund

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 10:29
 
Christian Education Projects in the Philippines Print E-mail
Support Christian Education in the Philippines Help the Lutheran Church of the Philippines (LCP) move toward establishing 100 new church and school ministries by the year 2017 to reach more people with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ! Rev. James Cerdenola is the LCP President.

Update 12-12-2013 - New Project Added: LCC received the following urgent request from Tom Grunow, Director of Biblical Generosity. Tom works closely with the Lutheran Church of the Philippines:

I received this desperate appeal from the Administrator of our sister Lutheran School in Manila operated by the Lutheran Church of the Philippines (LCP), a partner church body of the LCMS. When we think of major disasters, we often forget about the "ripple effect" as it pertains to our ministry to the Manila families of survivors in Tacloban 526 miles away!

Dear Tom,

Warm Christian Greetings! I am making my budget for the salaries of teachers/staff this coming December 15, 2013.

I tried to squeeze parents pockets to pay their monthly school obligations but unfortunately most of them could not do it because they have to sent financial assistance to their relatives in the province who were affected by the super typhoon "Yolanda", this cause me a big headache.

I need to raise to Php 90,000.00 or USD 2,094.00 to cope for the said budget. Could you help us on this?

Thank you in advance for your wholehearted support to the school.

EDUARDO S. JILOCA
School Administrator/Treasurer
Gloria Dei Christian School

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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 14:53
 
COME LORD JESUS, BE OUR GUEST ... Print E-mail
school of dame marie You recognize this prayer written by Martin Luther ...

Come Lord Jesus, be our guest And let thy gifts to us be blessed. Amen

If we really mean this prayer and want Jesus to be our Guest - wouldn't we feed him also?

Consider becoming a part of LCC's individual challenge and FEED THE INVISIBLE GUEST - AND MAKE HIM VISIBLE program to help feed the hungry.



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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 11:31
 
Scholarship a Child in Myanmar Print E-mail

Because of your Donations Two of 10 Students have Received Scholarships

Child in Myanmar Strict regulations in Myanmar (formerly Burma) make it difficult for children to advance to a University education. Without specialized schooling outside of the inadequate public school system most poor children never get the chance for higher education which can lift their family out of poverty.

The National Lutheran Church of Myanmar is trying to change this and needs your help to sponsor children in the 11th grade (the final step prior to University). Because of your generous donations two children have already received scholarships. LCC received the following email from Rev. Charles Edwards:

Greetings from Myanmar. In our church there are many students but in grade 11 (entrance control by the government directly) there are 10 students. They are very clever but they are from the very poorest families. Their parents can not support them due to their poverty. Our church is trying to give scholarships but we are also facing and struggling for finical difficulties. Two months ago Lutheran Church Charities(LCC) gave scholarship to 2 students and they are now studying hard. Our church decided to send a prayer request to all our connections. Please pray for them. Our church believes that through your faithful prayers God will certainly help them in wonderful ways. Again, please pray for them.

Blessings.
Rev. Charles Edwards, Pastor

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LCC Staff Member Tim Kurth and Mission Team Return from Kenya Print E-mail
On Tuesday, September 6th, Tim Kurth and the Mission Team serving in Kenya returned home. Below is an update from Tim:

Medical clinic in KenyaThe trip went very well. Everyone is safe, had a great time and did a lot of serving. We did check-ups for over 110 people, left a room full of medicine for future help, refurbished a building to be a medical clinic and resurfaced the floor of a boys dormitory. We enjoyed a couple of safari days and got to see the Wildebeest crossing the Mara River, one of the natural wonders of the world and the last large mammal migration on earth! All in all and excellent trip for everyone.

Click here to donate to the ongoing care of the orphaned and blind children of Kenya Click here for pictures and mission updates from Tim
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 09:00
 
Updates from Tim Kurth in Kenya Print E-mail

Sunday, August 28, 2011

team member readingThe whole team has arrived and we've enjoyed our first day together. I delivered the message at two services this morning and some of our team helped lead the teen Sunday School time. We visited the orphans and they sang for us. After lunch we visited the Nairobi National Museum then came back for dinner, team meeting and medicine sorting.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Made final preparations today at Jehovah Jireh Orphanage, meeting with the manager, Florence, and surveying the project site. Tomorrow it's church followed by a visit to the orphanage, a city tour and an evening of sorting medications and planning for Monday's first day of work. Praying for all of you as Irene strafes the East Coast. In the attached pictures you'll see Debbie Bornholdt, my co-leader, reading to orphans at Jehovah Jireh and Daniel and me with Florence outside her office. Please keep us in your prayers.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Tim Kurth and Rev J.V. MuleSpent the day in Kitui where I visited with Reverend J.V. Mule the Bishop of Kitui, assisted with the repair of a vehicle for the diocese, surveyed the project site and purchased some initial materials. We then drove the three hours back in time to greet early arrivals. Four team members came in tonight. We all got to the guest house by about 10:45 p.m. It's almost 11:30 now and I'm just getting back to my room. Tomorrow it's a visit to the orphanage and time to work on my message for Sunday. I'm speaking at St. Catherine's Church at both the English and Swahili services.

I'm praying for all of you and the people of North Carolina as Irene bears down on them. May God protect everyone as the storm passes.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Met with a newly formed committee that is charged with taking care of Jehovah Jireh orphanage. Then met the new principal of Carlile College who knows Harry Wendt. Carlile uses Crossways materials in their training curriculum. Then met with the General Secretary of Church Army Africa and talked about the work they've done to plant 120 new churches as 'healing ministries' all around Africa. Great stuff. Had dinner with some of our partners here before my driver brought me back to my room. Tomorrow it's off to Kitui to review the project and get some final supplies before coming back to Nairobi to meet early arriving team members.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 September 2011 19:54
 
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