Mission Service

Mission Service Activities from LWML

Click on Paint the Planet Purple (above) for the Mission Service Activity of the Month and other mission service ideas from LWML.

Mission Service Committee 

Mary Afsharirad, Chairman
Giovanne M Turincio
Amanda Mahrt
Roberta Heiner

Lutheran World Relief Ingathering (LWR)

San Antonio area:
Marion — St. John Lutheran Church, Wednesday, November 1, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Houston area:
Houston — Epiphany Lutheran Church, Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Dallas/Fort Worth area:
Plano — Messiah Lutheran Church, Saturday, November 11, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

LWR Bulletin for August 2023 (contains IMPORTANT information on the ingathering, including contact information, dates, times, and locations).

2023 LWR Ingathering Report Form and Packing Labels. PLEASE BRING the completed report for all donations to the ingathering site with the items.

Instructions for packing boxes for LWR: Think Like a Bug

More information and detailed instructions can be found HERE for kits and HERE for quilts. The LWR Quilt and Kit Ministry Guide is available from LWR by calling 800-597-5972

Orphan Grain Train

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: 
May 2023
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



Tuesdays and Thursdays
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

Any questions regarding the LWR ingathering or Orphan Grain Train can be directed to Mary Afsharirad by email.

Stamporee Project

The Stamporee Program will end December 31, 2023. The final collection of cancelled stamps will occur at the Christian Life retreats being held in September and October. The easiest way to get stamps to Sara Frank will be at these retreats. Contact your zone president if you need more information or to find someone in your area attending the retreat. 

This page was last updated August 29, 2023. For questions or comments on this site email webmaster.