Breakfast with Baby Ministry (BwB) at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Carol Stream, Illinois, just celebrated its 4th anniversary of the program in October of 2023. Over these few years, BwB has served over 752 families by providing diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, clothing, equipment, and toys. Over 233,000 diapers have been distributed to families in the community!
CLICK HERE to watch BwB "Happy 4th Anniversary" Video
Breakfast with Baby has seen a 20% increase in families they serve this year. To serve the increasing number of families coming for assistance, BwB has expanded the ministry to include a featured Resource of the Month from the community, allowing guests to meet face-to-face with these resources.
The organization is well known in the community as social workers, health agencies, friends, and relatives often refer guests to the program. Also, guests donate back items that their children have outgrown, and guests volunteer at the event to help serve their community.
CLICK HERE to watch interviews with participants
Families that come into the building to shop are also welcome to the buffet breakfast as a family. With the increase of families and the costs of food, diapers, and wipes, BwB continues to provide up to $1,500 per month in financial resources for these supplies. The organization's most significant needs are diapers, baby wipes, baby food, and formula, provided to families in need during their monthly event.
Please prayerfully consider donating to help Breakfast with Baby meet this need to serve families in their community.
TOGETHER, WE DID IT!
Christ the King (CTK) Lutheran Church and School in Chicago, Illinois, has been a beacon of light in the Bronzeville community since 1949. Over the years, Pastor John Brazeal and Principal Geri Brazeal have poured into the community to share the hope in Jesus Christ and life-changing education for families in this low-income area of Chicago.
The school opened in 1973, providing a Christ-centered, family environment that encourages learning, growth, and development for children who face the pressures of living in a low-income, high crime area.
The school serves children from 3 years old through 8th grade. It is a way to reach the future generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ, to pave a path for better education, and a way out of poverty.
For the past 50 years, Pastor John, Geri, and the staff of CTK have impacted the lives of hundreds of children and their families with the gospel of Christ's love and forgiveness, giving them hope, a purpose, and a future. Christ the King has a long history of teaching children their worth in Jesus and helping them make positive decisions as they face the pressures of the inner-city.
The long-time, experienced school teachers and staff are so passionate about offering a well-rounded education that many are working on a volunteer basis to help keep the education cost as low as possible. The church and school leaders do everything possible to trim the cost of school, but families continue to struggle with the rise in the cost of living.
Your continued support and generous donations will enable Christ the King to continue the ministry of Christ-changing lives through their dedicated staff and provide hope for the future of their students. Supporting Christ the King is an investment in an incredible ministry where life-changing relationships are established and an incredible education is earned.
Christ the King Student Stories
I want to take the time to express my gratitude for the scholarship that was given to my daughter, Brooklyn, for the previous school year. I am writing this letter in hopes of receiving some assistance for this school year.
Christ the King Lutheran School is and continues to remain a strong pillar within our neighborhood. Christ the King has provided a solid foundation for so many children over the years, including myself. Being that I had such a great, insightful experience.
It is my dream for my daughter to also experience the fantastic teachers and a nurturing environment. Since my daughter has started attending Christ the King, I've witnessed her thrive. She's always excited to go to school to interact with the teachers, as well as with her peers. I've seen so much growth, and I would like for her to continue her education at Christ the King.
If given the opportunity to receive a scholarship, it would be a great help as I would be able to afford the tuition. Being able to keep Brooklyn enrolled in Christ the King would mean so much to both Brooklyn and myself. Receiving a scholarship would allow Brooklyn to continue to thrive in such a nurturing environment, learn, grow, and build meaningful relationships, just as I did when I attended the school.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.
I am writing this letter seeking a tuition scholarship for Kayla. She has been attending Christ the King School since August 2022. As of August 21, 2023, Kayla has been enrolled as an eager-to-learn kindergartner.
What attracts our family to Christ the King are the low student-teacher ratios, which I believe highly benefits Kayla's student achievement. I am also ecstatic that at the age of 4, Kayla is already developing her relationship with God.
Unfortunately, our family has several additional financial obligations and outstanding debts that must be paid over the next 2-3 years. I would love for Kayla to continue her education at Christ the King; however, I am in need of tuition assistance for her to remain enrolled this year.
I appreciate your help and understanding in this matter.
My name is Donte, and I am writing this letter to apply for the consideration of tuition assistance.
My grandpa was laid off, and my grandmother has been paying all the bills, but we were not able to pay the full amount on our bills. My grandpa being laid off has put a real strain on our budget, making it hard for us to buy groceries and other household essentials.
I am asking for assistance with my tuition so some of the burden can be lifted off my grandmother. Any help that can assist me and my family would be very helpful and greatly appreciated
My name is Shuntia, and I am writing to you to request financial assistance for my daughter, Harley. I currently don’t have a steady job and am unable to make the tuition payments.
My daughter loves going to Christ the King Lutheran School. She enjoys playing with her classmates and building relationships with her teachers. If Harley gets this scholarship, it will help both of us tremendously because she can continue to go to a school that she likes. Harley will build healthy relationships with her teachers and classmates and can continue to learn in an environment that she knows is safe and welcoming.
As her mother, I won’t have to worry about her education. I know that she’ll be in good hands learning from all her teachers.
LCC received a request for assistance from Pastor Hesham Shehab of Salam Christian Fellowship in Lombard, Illinois.
Salam's truck needs major repairs that cost $2,000. The truck has been serving the community for three years by hauling furniture to refugees and new immigrants.
At Salam, we have an incarnational ministry where we get involved in the lives of people by showing them the love of Christ in action as we witness to them and share Christ crucified and resurrected.
Please donate to God's mission generously to this "Heaven on Wheels" project.
Pastor Hesham Shehab
Salam Christian Fellowship
LCC invites you to join us as we assist First Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois, and two other ministry partners, in ministering to new refugees.
The three inner-city ministries are working together to create a store where the new refugees in Chicago can shop for items they need at no cost, such as gently used clothing, shoes, backpacks, toys, small household items, and luggage.
This would be an excellent opportunity for an individual, a church, or any church group to hold a drive to collect the items.
We ask that you fill out a Non-Monetary Donation Available form once you have the items ready for donation.
CLICK HERE to fill out a Non-Monetary Donation Available form.
Please call John at 224-373-0083 or Dianna at 847-287-6624 so we can assist you with delivering the items to the store.
LCC received the following request from Pastor Steve Deombeleg of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hillside, Illinois:
Please consider a donation towards a freezer for PYHT, so they can better serve their ministry partners in need.
LCC received the following request from Pastor Hesham Shebab of Salam Christian Fellowship in Lombard, Illinois:
Salam's vehicle, used to help refugees and new immigrants, needs repairs at the cost of $1,800. Salam has helped many families for 15 years settle down and integrate in the United States. Salam shows Christ's love through social services with one hand and the Word of God in the other.
Please help Salam repair this important vehicle by donating generously towards that purpose.
Rev. Hesham Shehab
Salam Christian Fellowship
TOGETHER, WE DID IT!
Thank You for Changing Lives of Low-Income Inner-City Children
Lutheran Church Charities extends sincere thanks to our generous donors, whose donations have allowed us to provide scholarships for 16 students at Christ the King Lutheran Church and School in Chicago, Illinois.
Thanks to your generosity, we were able to raise the $48,000 needed to sponsor 16 children for the entire year!
Your donations make it possible for the children to stay in the Christ-centered environment of Christ the King Lutheran Church and School.
Thank you for changing the lives of children who otherwise would have no hope for their future.
"We are indeed blessed to have so much help to make it possible for the children to attend a Christian School during this time of stress and sickness and job uncertainties. Bless you!" Principal Geri Brazeal
YOUR CONTINUED GIFTS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE AT CHRIST THE KING
Over the past 49 years, Pastor John Brazeal, Principal Geri Brazeal, and the staff of Christ the King have touched the lives of hundreds of children and their parents with the gospel of Christ's love and forgiveness, giving them hope, a purpose, and a future.
Christ the King has a proven track record with students, who learned their worth in Jesus by keeping them on the straight path, focused on making a difference in the lives of others, and staying away from an inner-city life, which could be so very easy to fall into.
Currently, Christ the King has only one full-time paid teacher, and the rest are volunteers. Out of her love for the students and commitment to the community, TaAqua voluntarily cut her salary in half and stayed to make sure the school would remain open.
Principal Geri and the teachers at Christ the King pour themselves into each student. Often bringing students who were falling behind in public schools, back up to speed and on track with their peers.
Your continued support and generous donations will enable Christ the King to continue the ministry of Christ-changing lives through their dedicated staff and provide hope for the future of their students. Supporting Christ the King is an investment in an incredible ministry where life-changing relationships are established, and an incredible education is earned.
At Christ the King Lutheran School in Chicago, Illinois, the students are taught how to serve rather than be served, to love in both actions and words, and to care for people they don’t even know.
Last week, Christ the King's students Zayd and Morgan, with help from Morgan’s grandmother, and daughter Regina, prepared and delivered 102 Thanksgiving dinners for the homeless in their community.
Christ the King offers hot meals for the students three times a week. The meals are prepared by Morgan's grandmother in the school's kitchen.
Jaylen-Thomas - Future Entrepreneur and Architect
My name is Jaylen-Thomas. I am 12 years old and in 8th grade. Some of my interests are entrepreneurship, real estate, the stock market, world traveling, robotics, architecture, engineering, and psychology.
What I want out of education is to study psychology, engineering, business, architecture, coding, French and Spanish, and economy. I plan to become an investor, landlord, and architect.
Some of the qualities I like about Christ the King are how helpful the teachers are. I also appreciate the great society that Christ the King creates.
Zayd - Future Software Developer
My name is Zayd. I'm 13 years old, and I'm in 8th grade. My interests are baseball, coding, gaming, technology, and biking.
The things I would like to achieve in my education are geometry, robotics, coding, business school, and studying Spanish and Chinese.
When I grow up, I want to be a software developer because I can change the world by using cybersecurity to stop hackers from attacking the country. I can use web designing and coding to make robots and websites function correctly.
The goal I want to achieve is to have a Masters's degree, so I can have a good education to pursue my dreams. I would also like to achieve a major in technology. And the last thing I would like to achieve is making my family proud and supporting people who need it.
Magic - Future Fashion Designer
My name is Magic, and I'm in 8th grade. I like to play basketball, and my interests are gaming and drama. What I like about Christ the King is that they are helpful and care for their students.
What I want to achieve in my education is to be an architect-designer. I'm also considering web design and coding.
One of the other things I would like to become is a fashion designer for ages five and up. I would like to produce my own clothing to satisfy the people.
Christ the King Student Stories
"It has been my dream for my daughter to attend Christ the King"
My name is Brionna. I am writing this letter with the hope of receiving the tuition scholarship so that I would be able to pay the required tuition for my daughter, Brooklyn, to attend Christ the King Lutheran School.
It has been my dream for my daughter to attend Christ the King, as I had the opportunity to gain a fantastic education from the school from Kindergarten to 7th grade. Not only is Christ the King a great educational institution, but it is also a place that has provided a solid foundation for the educational, mental, social, and spiritual development for many children throughout the city of Chicago, myself included.
Christ the King instilled morals and values that I often utilize as I continue to maneuver through life. I am thankful for the educators at Christ the King as they continue to provide quality education to many children. Being that I've had such a pleasant experience during my time there, it would mean so much to me for my daughter to have the opportunity to experience such a nurturing and productive educational environment just as I did.
To receive a tuition scholarship would be a huge blessing as it would allow my daughter to attend Christ the King and would be a great help to me financially.
Thank you for your consideration.
"I want to stay at CTK to get smarter like my cousins"
Hello, my name is Kayla. I am 4 years old and now in preschool at Christ the King. You might have heard of the oldest grandmother at Christ the King, Mrs. Fenner. She is 101, and my great-grandmother. My grandfather told my mom about this school.
I love my teachers, Mrs. Lennix and Mrs. B. I want to stay here and get smarter like my cousins. I wonder if you can help my mom with the tuition so she can keep me here at Christ the King. They not only teach me my letters, but I am learning about Jesus and also counting pennies.
I hope my mom can get some help. While I am here I will keep you up to date on my progress.
Help a Single Father Keep His Son at Christ the King
My name is Lamar and my son's name is Avery. I am a single father, and I am in need of financial assistance to keep Avery at Christ the King.
I pick up little odd jobs from time to time, but it's not enough to keep Avery at Christ the King. Avery was enrolled in a public school but with the large classroom setting, it was hard for him to keep up and stay on task.
Avery also had a lot of health problems. Christ the King is across the street from us, so it is very convenient in case of an emergency. Avery enjoys his class and teachers, and I would love for him to stay there.
Help Haley Continue to Learn in Safe and Welcoming Environment
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Shuntia Johnson, and my daughter, Haley, is in need of financial assistance. I currently don’t have a steady job and am unable to make the tuition payments.
My daughter loves going to Christ the King! She enjoys playing with her classmates and building relationships with her teachers. If Haley gets this scholarship, it will help both of us tremendously. She’ll be able to continue to go to the school she likes and build healthy relationships with her teachers and classmates.
She will continue to learn in an environment that she knows is safe and welcoming, and I won’t have to worry about her education. I know she will be in good hands learning from her teachers at Christ the King!
With Your Help, Michael Will Remain in School Despite Financial Hardship
I am submitting this letter on behalf of my son Michael. He is a brilliant, intelligent, kind, trustworthy, dependable, loyal, considerate, respectful 9-year-old that has had his fair share of bad situations but continues to endure to be an excellent man of substance. His father walked out on us to be an absent parent to suffer and navigate the violent neighborhood in the back of the yards 5 years ago. It has been a very scary time for both of us due to crimes committed right by our home.
Even though I don't have the financial support to pay for a more rewarding educational program for Michael, I knew him going to the neighborhood school would not be a wise decision due to the safety concerns and the low scores that the school is known to have. I decided to send him to Christ the King, where safety and education are a staple of the school. My income from SSDI (health-related income, multiple sclerosis) hinders me from being able to pay tuition, and I'd be extremely disappointed if he is expelled because of my lack of income.
If possible, I would be grateful if Michael could be considered a scholarship recipient to remain at CTK because he is soaring into greatness. He doesn't deserve to be removed due to his mom's lack of financial support.
Mark, 2-nd Grader
My name is Mark White Jr., and I am a new enrollee at Christ The King in 2nd grade. I came from a school with over 20 kids in a classroom to now a very small setting. Wow! This is going to be different but different in a good way because now my teacher knows me and what I may need to improve my errors. It also wouldn't be hard making friends, which I've already done. It looks like I'm over the butterflies I had before school started, and it didn't take long.
Mark White Jr.
I'm Ebony White, Mark's mom. I was referred to Christ The King by a family who also attended there. It has only been a couple of weeks, and already, Mark has made improvements on things that I thought I only recognized. I can already see that I've made the right decision to enhance Mark's education. Thank you, Ms. Lloyd, for seeing what I may not see.
I'm looking forward to the upcoming years of more achievements and overcoming hurdles Mark may run into. Thank you, Christ The King, for being that new family we needed in education.
Thank you to all who are assisting with tuition relief for my son Mark.
Dylan, Kindergartner and Lacole, Preschooler
My name is Regina, and I graduated from Christ The King. I was a troubled kid, but Christ The King never gave up on me. They always pushed me to be my best and to do my best. And I'm so grateful for them and the guidance they have on me.
Now that I'm grown, I want the same for my two small children, but I can't afford to pay the tuition. Since COVID-19, it's been really hard to find a job. This had been challenging for me, and I'm also homeless and living with my grandmother. I'm thankful for all the things I have. And I just want my kids to go to school that will never give up on them, no matter what. Christ The King never gave up on me, and that's why I'm still here today.
Your Support Helps Magic Graduate from CTK
Your Donations Enable Jaylen to Finish School
Jaylen lives with his mom. They both have been working virtually from home for the past two years. Jaylen has been working very hard in his Zoom sessions with teachers at Christ the King. Since 2020 he has completed the curriculum for 5th, 6th and 7th grade. This year he began 8th grade in-person.
It will be a pleasure working with him again in person. Even though he reported weekly to have his assignments checked, he was missing the interaction with his classmates.
His mom is thankful that she still has employment, although her salary was cut. She is also looking forward to Jaylen graduating this year after skipping 7th grade; after great scores on his end-of-the-year exams. He looks forward to someday going into real estate investments.
We are proud of his success, he has been with us since Kindergarten, and he will always be a part of this family as he moves on in his educational pursuits. Pastor John and Principal Geri
Your Donations Support Additional Educational Assistance for Zion, 8th Grader
Zion has been with Christ the King since second grade. He has seizures and suffers from severe asthma. He enjoys learning new things and likes his classmates. His favorite subject in school is science, and he likes "Generation Genius" because the experiments are great.
CTK has a special ed teacher who helps Zion once a week because they have problems getting him assistance from the Board of Education.
Zion likes working on IXL and helping his grandmother. His mom is a clerk at Home Depot who has been out of work a few times during the pandemic. He does not want to graduate this year because he wants to stay at Christ the King, where he feels "at home."
Your Support Enables Donte to Stay in School
Donte is in 7th grade. He lives with his grandmother, who has been having problems this year because of an accident she had while cutting trees for the city last year. It set her back financially, and she is trying to catch up on her account.
She much appreciated the help she received last year from the friends of Lutheran Church Charities. She is paying what she can and has not asked for help, but her family is her main concern.
Donte loves to play the violin and does not want to leave Christ the King.
Your Donations Provide a Life-Changing Education for Mirahri, 6th Grader
Below is a letter from Terina, Mirahri's mom, who speaks to the importance and quality of education her children received at Christ the King:
My name is Terina, and I'm a mom of five. Mirahri is our baby boy that's currently enrolled in Christ the King as a 6th grader, and we would love for him to continue the outstanding education that this school offers.
Our son, Marquan, who's 20, graduated from Christ the King and is now a college student studying cyber security. Milan, who's 16, also graduated from Christ the King and is currently a junior with honors at Kenwood Academy High School. Torri is four years old and will soon be enrolled in Christ the King preschool program.
We are greatly appreciative of your support in helping us provide a life-changing education for our children. Thank you all in advance.
Your Generous Support Enables Cayman, 6th Grader, to Continue His Quality Education at Christ the King
Cayman has been with Christ the King since Kindergarten. He comes from a single-parent home and is being raised by his mom. He lives across the street in a small apartment. The landlord is very kind, and if his mom gets behind on the rent, he allows her some time to catch up.
Cayman's mom has had difficulty paying tuition since COVID-19 started. She is a secretary but has worked from home for the past two years because the office was closed. She had to take a reduction in salary. Christ the King helps her through the food pantry.
"If it were not for the donors of Lutheran Church Charities, she would have had no way to meet her tuition obligation. We would like to see Cayman graduate from Christ the King. He is now a sixth grader who tries very hard and loves science. He wants to have good grades and perfect attendance so that he can be accepted at a good high school. He wants to have a good job so that he can take care of his mom when he grows up and finishes college." Geri Brazeal, Principal, Christ the King Lutheran School
"I have to work hard in school so that I can get a college scholarship," says Cayman.
Your Donations Make a Difference in Zayd's Life, 8th Grader
Zayd is 12 years old and will be entering 8th grade at CTK, his last year. Six years ago, his mother abandoned him at the airport, and he was found wandering around looking for her. When asked where he lived, he didn't know, but he remembered that he went to school at CTK and remembered Pastor Brazeal.
Through help from LCC, Pastor Brazeal, working with DCFS, was able to have Zayd's grandmother (who was in her 80s) be given full custody of her grandson. Grandma Kenny, now in her 90s, with the help of the Church community of CTK, the Brazeals, teacher TaAqua, and grandma Kenny's daughter, Zayd, has thrived in so many ways.
Over the past years, he has jumped the 1.5-grade level. A child age 12 would typically function in the later part of 6th or 7th grade. Academically Zayd can do 8th-grade work.
Zayd plays the violin, acolytes for worship services, and excels in math. When he enters high school, he wants to play on the high school baseball team. He plans to become a doctor when he grows up. Zayd has a servant's heart and is always willing to help other students. He helps Pastor Brazeal with the cleaning of the school, and when Pastor Brazeal goes to the tent cities, Zayd always goes with him to help.
Your Donations Make a Difference in Morgan's Life, 1st Grader
This school season Morgan will move to first grade. While in Kindergarten, Morgan was already reading at a 1st-grade level.
She's a voracious reader! She's also very artistic and inquisitive and loves to take pictures, especially of nature.
Morgan enjoys going on field trips and exploring the world around her.
She loves to help out Pastor John, Principal Geri, and her mom, a CTK teacher, around the school.
Funding Still Needed to Continue Camp J.O.Y.
Lutheran Church Charities is helping to support Our Savior Lutheran Church in Buffalo, New York as they seek to help bring stability and growth to children affected by the tragic Tops supermarket shooting on May 14th.
Click the video to watch Barbara Glover, Church President at Our Savior Lutheran Church share her moving testimony about Camp J.O.Y.
Our Savior is hosting Camp J.O.Y. (Jesus, Others, Yourself), a 6-week day camp focused on spiritual and developmental growth for area children. After any community tragedy, children are often scared, confused, and looking for stability and comfort. Camp J.O.Y. seeks to provide that stability and comfort through faith-focused personal development for children.
With massive changes in the economy, Camp J.O.Y. has had to hire four additional staff members and cover more expenses than usual in order to make sure that community children are supported. This additional cost has become a hardship for a ministry that has impacted the community of Buffalo for many years, bringing faith and personal development to a generation of children who need it most.
On Saturday, June 18, LCC Staff member John Pejchl visited with Karen Farruggia and Dawn Janke, founders of Breakfast with Baby at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Carol Stream, Illinois. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for their services has grown.
Their most significant needs are diapers and baby wipes. They spend nearly $1,000 per month to purchase the items they provide to families in need during their monthly giveaway.
Please prayerfully consider donating to help Breakfast with Baby meet this need to serve families in their community.