LCC received the following request from Pastor Hesham Shehab, Salam Christian Fellowship, Lombard, Illinois.
An Iranian woman who was baptized last year needs $500 in immigration fees. This woman, Salima, came alone as a refugee, scared and rejected by her community, but Christ found her at Salam. As she describes the transformation in her life after Jesus saved her: "I am not afraid anymore, even of death."
Please show the love of Christ by donating generously to this cause as she needs her Green Card in order to work and sustain herself.
In God's Peace
Pastor, Salam Christian Fellowship
LCC received a request from Pastor Jeffrey Howell from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois, to assist one of his congregation members who is having financial challenges.
Felisha is an active member of our church who is having financial challenges. She is in need of assistance with the front porch of her home. It is showing signs of serious deterioration and is becoming dangerous for her or anyone coming to her home.
Felisha has osteoarthritis which limits her physical ability as she walks with a cane. Because of her condition, it is difficult for her to work. She is on a fixed income as she receives Social Security, assistance from the state to pay her utilities and SNAP benefits. She is unable to afford to get this work completed.
I am reaching out to Lutheran Church Charities in hope they can provide Felisha some assistance to help her.
In His Name
Rev. Jeffrey Howell
Individual in Need of Donated Walker and Cane
Single Woman in Health Care Field Needs Reliable Car
LCC received the following vehicle request from Pastor Karl Fay, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Palatine, Illinois:
Dear Lutheran Church Charities,
Thanks for all the great assistance coming along side Prince of Peace in supporting two of our member families. Another individual that we have supported over the last couple of years has asked for assistance with obtaining a vehicle. She is also a recent immigrant from Pakistan and has her own distinct path that brought her to the United States. She is a single person without support or family in the U.S. trying to get established. Her father who lived in Pakistan has also recently passed away, adding to her difficulties. She has up until the COVID crisis been making due with some earning from working a part time retail job but that work has stopped. Prince of Peace has supported her by paying some of her expenses.
She is currently preparing to take exams to be certified to work in the nursing field and expects to be eligible for employment soon. She has requested we assist her in attaining a vehicle which will give her flexibility to take a job in a healthcare facility once she is licensed.
Peace in Christ,
Rev. Karl Fay
Prince of Peace, Palatine, Illinois
If you have a running vehicle to donate, contact LCC at (866) 455-6466.
Prince of Peace Still Needs Your Help in Supporting Pastor Alfred Emmanuel and His Family
In February, Pastor Karl Fay and members from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Palatine, Illinois, welcomed Pastor Alfred Emmanuel and his family as they relocated from Pakistan. After 20 years apart and an arduous process, Pastor Alfred, his wife Asia, and their four children were joyously reunited with his brother, Gulfam Emmanuel, sister-in-law Anila, and their son Austin.
Since their arrival in February, Pastor Alfred and his family are doing well and are happy to be here. Gulfam, Anila, and Austin enjoy every day being with them. “We thank and praise God for the donations they are receiving through the generosity of LCC donors, our church family, and our friends that have helped our brother and his family relocate and transition,” shared Anila.
Pastor Alfred and his family are thankful and amazed at how Christians here help others. This is something that they have never seen before. In Pakistan, he never took a salary. Any small offerings from his members, he gave back to people in his congregation who were in need. What he got from the church, he gave back to the church. He continues to see his prayers being answered, even during times there has been a setback.
"We are blessed by the generosity and love we have received since arriving,” shared Pastor Alfred. He continues to ask God to watch over and bless him and his family. “Our faith continues to get stronger, and we look forward to our kids having a bright future here; living without fear of religious persecution and having freedom of religion to do God’s Will.”
Pastor Alfred’s faith is strengthened by the hope he gets through Jesus as promised in Joshua 1:6-7, “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”
Financial Assistance Still Needed
Transition to their new life here is going well but some progress has slowed down due to the current COVID-19 situation. Alfred and Asia, along with their two oldest children, look forward to start working as soon as things improve so that they can to take care of their family needs. The two oldest children, Zabloon and Zoya, are waiting to start the GED program at Harper College during the summer session in July. Zain, who is 16, started his studies at Fremd High School and his doing really well. The youngest, Zonara, soon to be 11, started at Hunting Ridge Elementary School and absolutely loves her new school. Both Zain and Zonara are continuing their school work through the e-learning programs with their respective schools.
Pastor Alfred participated in the virtual worship service at Prince of Peace the weekend of March 28-29 with his family by sharing the Lord’s Prayer in his native language.
This past weekend the entire family and another female Pakistan member from Prince of Peace celebrated their first Palm Sunday in the U.S.
Your financial assistance is still needed to help Pastor Alfred with rent, utility and grocery expenses until they can secure employment. Connections have been made for employment but they cannot start during the current COVID-19 crisis.
Please prayerfully consider donating generously so that LCC can support Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in helping Pastor Alfred during these challenging times.
Financial Assistance Still Needed for Faithful Prince Of Peace Members Battling Challenging Health Issues
In the beginning of March, Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) received a request from Pastor Karl Fay, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Palatine, Illinois for financial assistance for a couple burdened with ongoing and extraordinary medical concerns and expenses.
Thanks to your support, additional donations were presented this week by LCC staff member Debra Baran to Pastor Karl Fay to help the couple with their medical expenses.
They are extremely grateful and thank all for the financial support and continued prayers in this difficult time.
Unfortunately, they just received test results that the husband’s work-related injury is not recovering as they had hoped and he needs additional specialized medical attention which they are now seeking. They continue to need financial support during this very difficult time.
If you are so moved, please prayerfully consider making a generous donation to assist this family. Together, we can demonstrate the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to this family in need.
$2,000 Needed for Christ the King Graduate to Continue Advanced Counselor Degree to Serve His Community
Lutheran Church Charities received a request from Pastor John Brazeal, Christ the King Lutheran Church and Geri Brazeal, Principal, Christ the King Lutheran School, Chicago, Illinois. They are requesting $2,000 in financial assistance to help a former Christ the King student pay his student loan balance for transcripts needed to obtain a Master of Social Work Degree. He is one of three full scholarship picks from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Jane Adams College of Social Work.
Darrell graduated with honors from eighth grade and went on to Mount Carmel High School (Chicago, Illinois) on a scholarship. After graduation, he went to Northern Illinois University to study psychology and education. His student loans and grandmother helped him with tuition. Unfortunately, while Darrell was still in college, his beloved grandmother passed away. He also lost his mom to drug overdose and witnessed his best friend get killed.
Please prayerfully consider making a monetary donation to enable Darrell to pursue a Master of Social Work Degree and obtain his license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to serve his community.
Prince of Peace Welcomes Umbreen Upon Her Arrival from Pakistan; Help Still Needed to Relocate Pastor Alfred and His Family
Gulfam, Austin, and I feel so blessed and would like to give a big Thank You to Prince of Peace pastors, congregation, and Lutheran Church Charities donors. We have no words to explain how we feel by everyone’s love and continued prayers for Gulfam's brother and his family, and my sister Umbreen. I am so happy and thankful to God for reuniting me with my sister; we are so happy and thanking God that this day has finally come and for this time together. Umbreen is still thinking it's a dream and said she can't believe she’s here.
May God bless you for your compassion and generosity!
Anila and Gulfam
Let me take this opportunity to thank our heavenly Father for allowing me to write this email to thank the respective pastors, congregation members, and donors for their support and prayers for me and for my sister and brother-in-law.
My sister and brother-in-law came to the United States 20 years ago, and when they became citizens, they put in a petition for me and my younger sister. After 14 years of waiting, finally my turn came. Arriving Friday, November 8, I feel so blessed to be here on this blessed land. On Sunday, I received a very warm welcome at Prince of Peace; I was speechless by everyone’s love. I would like to thank the pastors and congregation for their prayers, and everyone who generously gave financial support to get me here. I feel like I am in Heaven.
May God bless you all!