The Indiana regional office of Orphan Grain Train (OGT) dedicated its new warehouse storage facility in Jonesville, Indiana, during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on July 26, 2015.
The festivities marked the culmination of a months-long construction project and even longer capital campaign to support the endeavor, as well as countless hours of volunteer efforts to aid in the new construction. The new location replaces a former operational site in nearby Elizabethtown, which consisted of one small building and a series of semi-trailers for sorting and storage.
And while Gene Wint, former program director, and many volunteers did a fabulous job of working with the resources available, that setting was less than ideal for the growing local and global outreach that has developed over the years.
“We are so appreciative of everything Gene has done for this ministry with so few resources,” said Rev. Doug Bauman, OGT pastoral advisor and pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Columbus. The new facility creates some much-needed space and opens many new doors of opportunity for OGT “We’re so blessed with the new space, which will give us the benefit of everything — sorting and storage — under one roof,” Bauman said. “We are also blessed with a new manager (Gene Ernst). The Lord does provide.”
The new warehouse also creates a space for OGT staff to meet with local people in need. “Our goal is to be intentional in our ministry,” Bauman said. “We want to connect this avenue for meeting people’s physical needs with an opportunity to address their spiritual needs as well, planting the seeds of the Gospel. This space gives us the opportunity to do that.”
Truly, OGT’s impact, both locally and globally, has already expanded as a result of the move. “Locally, we can respond immediately with disaster relief with food, clothes and furniture, depending on the need,” Bauman said. Globally, the ministry will continue to identify areas where needs exist and where it can serve people in Christ’s name.
An expanded volunteer base, which has developed in response to new excitement and awareness about the ministry, has increased donations and fueled new passion for the project. OGT has already collected clothing and raised shipping costs to send out the first overseas shipment to orphanages in Latvia.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the development of OGT’s new location in Jonesville, and to all volunteers and supporters of this vital outreach to people throughout the district.
To learn more about the Orphan Grain Train or donate to this ministry, visit the Orphan Grain Train website.