Mission Service

Mission Service Activities from LWML

Click on the picture above for mission service activities each month to share Jesus’ love in action and help paint the planet purple.

Mission Service Committee 
Mary Afsharirad, Chairman

Mission Service is a committee in the Gospel Outreach Department. It was previously Human Care and was served by a vice president. It is now served by an appointed chairman. Mary Afsharirad is the current chairman of the Mission Service Committee and can be reached by email.

Mission Service Committee
Mary Afsharirad, Chairman
Giovanne M Turincio
Amanda Mahrt
Roberta Heiner

Lutheran World Relief Ingathering (LWR)

LWR Bulletin for January 2023 HERE (contains information on preparing for the LWR Ingathering).

2023 LWR Ingathering Report Form

Instructions for packing boxes for LWR: Think Like a Bug

For more information and detailed instructions on making kits and quilts go to lwr.org/quilts-and-kits. The LWR Quilt and Kit Ministry Guide is available from LWR by calling 800-597-5972

LWR Ingathering 2022

Workers at LWR in Marion
Peggy Kelm and Pam Pope of the Capitol Zone at Marion LWR Ingathering

Workers at LWR in Marion
Thankful for the moving company workers and Lee Grant, LWR staff (right) for assisting with loading two semi-trucks in Marion

Workers at LWR in Houston
Volunteers helped fill the trucks in Houston

Plano LWR
Frances Molitor, Mary Afsharirad, Martha Piedrasantta, LWR Quilt & Kit Ministry Senior Manager, and Priscella Reid at the LWR Ingathering in Plano

Thanks to all who worked diligently throughout the year and brought donations to the 2022 Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Texas ingatherings! Collection sites this year were Marion, Houston, and Plano. Donations came from all over the states of Texas and Louisiana. Along with our sisters in Christ from the LCMS, ELCA, LCMC, and other Lutheran denominations, five semi-trucks were completely filled with quilts and kits. The donations were delivered to the LWR warehouses for distribution to those in need all over the world.

Thanks to the site coordinators, volunteers, students, and LWR staff in attendance at the collection sites. May the love of Christ be felt with each quilt, baby care kit, school kit, or personal care kit received, and may it meet the needs of the recipients and give them hope. To God be the Glory!

Item Number
Quilts/blankets 16,721
School kits 8,897
Personal care kits 10,923
Baby care kits 1,692
Fabric kits 427
TOTAL 38,700


Orphan Grain Train is a 501c3 Nonprofit Christian volunteer network that shares personal and material resources with needy people in America and around the world. Grain Train volunteers gather donations of clothing, medical supplies, food, Christian literature, and other aid to meet real needs. The Orphan Grain Train movement is a loving response to Jesus Christ’s example as a servant and His love for us. For more information visit their website, ogt.org. For information on how to donate go to www.ogt.org/donate. For a printable wish list of items to donate click HERE.

Newsletters from Orphan Grain Train Highland Lakes of Texas can be viewed here: 
July–September 2022
October 2020 — Who is OGT Highland Lakes of Texas?

Orphan Grain Train Donation Sites


OGT Highland Lakes of Texas
Genesis Lutheran Church

Houston Branch
OGT Container at
Zion Lutheran Church


15946 E. Highway 29
Buchanan Dam, Texas 78609

5050 E. Sam Houston Pkwy S
Pasadena, Texas 77505


Byron Hobbs


Mike Rathje



Tuesday morning
9 a.m.–noon
(year round)

Saturday morning
8 a.m.–noon
(year round)


Sort and pack donations
Call for volunteer opportunities

Sort and pack donations
Call for volunteer opportunities


The goal of the Stamporee Project is to support LWR's Quilt and Kit Shipping Fund, which provides funding for the shipping of goods to those in need around the world. All LWML groups are encouraged to collect and save cancelled postage stamps instead of discarding them. 

Questions and to learn more contact Stamporee Project Coordinator Sara Frank by email: saralfrank@yahoo.com. Do not send stamps to PO Box in Kyle, TX. 

This program will end on December 31, 2023. 

This page was last updated March 27, 2023. For questions or comments on this site email webmaster.