Financial Assistance Needed for a New Jersey District Pastor after His Home Is Destroyed by Remnants of Hurricane Ida
LCC received an immediate financial assistance request from Pastor Phil Ressler, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Old Bridge, New Jersey, for a pastor who lost his home due to impacts from Hurricane Ida:
Pastor Dan Fenco from Camino De Fe, a newly planted Hispanic congregation in the New Jersey District, lost his home caused by remnants of Hurricane Ida. During the storm, his home was severely damaged from their neighbor’s house exploding, leaving his home inhabitable. Fortunately, everyone in both homes had already evacuated safely prior to the explosion. Impacts were felt throughout the entire street. They are currently living with family.
If you are so moved, please donate to help this Pastor and his family recover from this devastating loss so he can continue to serve his congregation and community.
Financial Assistance Needed for Illinois National Guardsman Whose Family Escaped from Afghanistan
Last week your donations were delivered to Rev. Jim Buckman, Faith Lutheran Church in Lake Forest, Illinois, and Chaplain with the United States Air Force Illinois National Guard for Lt. Masoud, whose family escaped from Afghanistan.
Thank you to all that have donated. The need for this family is great and ongoing. If so moved, please consider a generous donation to help Lt. Masoud provide for his family.
LCC received an urgent financial assistance request from Rev. Jim Buckman, Faith Lutheran Church in Lake Forest, Illinois, and Chaplain with the United States Air Force Illinois National Guard:
As Chaplain with the United States Air Force in the Illinois National Guard, I was activated to support the National Guard vaccination efforts in Illinois. While on this deployment, I met a young lieutenant named Fahim Masoud from Afghanistan. At the age of seventeen, he volunteered to be an interpreter for our military, serving three rotations. Fortunately, his family was able to escape from Afghanistan this past week. His mother, father, and two siblings have come to our country, but they have nothing.
Fahim shares this about his service to U.S. troops in Afghanistan:
My name is Lt. Masoud of the Illinois Army National Guard whose family is getting resettled in the United States and needs your help. The sudden collapse of Afghanistan forced my family to flee to the United States after working for the U.S. government for years. My parents are elderly and don’t speak English. My two young siblings will have to be enrolled in school.
Please prayerfully consider supporting Lt. Masoud, who risked his life to serve our troops in Afghanistan, take care of his family who made it safely to the United States.
Vehicle Needed for an Ethiopian Pastor in St. Louis, Missouri
LCC received the following request from Rev. Abraham Mengesha in St. Louis, Missouri.
While I was alone at Concordia Seminary studying in the Doctoral program, I did not need a car. Since my family from Ethiopia has joined me in St. Louis, now I find it very important. My daughter and two sons go into three different schools (elementary, mid-school, and high school). The elementary is a walking distance from Concordia Seminary, yet the mid-school and high school are far. I am sharing this so that you may pray for us and kindly request that your organization help me find a used car (van) that I can use to transport my daughter and sons to school.
Rev. Abraham Mengesha
If you have a running car to donate, contact LCC at LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org or call 866-455-6466.