St. John’s Lutheran Church supports Ukrainian refugees

The congregation of St. John’s Lutheran Church recently hosted a collection of much needed items for refugees from Ukraine. The effort was coordinated by St. John’s Missions Committee Chairperson Ellen Ware in connection with the Orphan Grain Train out of Sebewaing, Michigan.

Orphan Grain Train is a non-profit Christian volunteer network that ships donated food, clothing, medical and other needed items to people in 69 different countries, including the U.S. This effort was for immediate aid for Ukrainian victims — especially women and children — through organizations in Romania, Moldova and Poland.

Individuals at St. John’s were asked to purchase and donate personal items, including diapers, baby wipes, powdered baby formula, quilts and towels, powdered laundry soap, bar soap, toothbrushes, combs, and new socks and underwear for women and children.  While financial support may seem easier, the quantity of supplies in the neighboring cities was not sufficient to accommodate the influx of thousands of refugees, so they asked for physical resources.

The plea was met with overwhelming support and in just five short days, St. John’s collected four truckloads of supplies. Ellen and Kirk Ware, along with Suzanne Booth and Bruce Siebert, made the drive from Midland out to the Orphan Grain Train office in Sebewaing to deliver the supplies. Items collected from several locations were boxed for an immediate drop shipment to neighboring European countries which are currently accommodating Ukrainian refugees. 

The Orphan Grain Train organization is a loving response to Jesus Christ’s example as a servant and His love for us.  The need remains ongoing and financial gifts will help purchase needed items and help with air-freight and shipping costs. For more information about Orphan Grain Train, visit

In addition to this recent supplies drive, St. John’s has also provided a large financial gift to the Ukrainian effort through its Community Ministry group.  The Prayer Ministry group continues to keep all the people of Ukraine in their daily prayers.  For more information about St. John’s Lutheran Church, visit