Compassion began in 1952 as a response by an Evangelical pastor in North Korea to the epidemic of orphans created by the Korean War.  From its small beginnings it has become a worldwide Christian ministry that is designed to intervene in the lives of children in poverty to give them a better life.  Last year GLC recruited several families to sponsor a child as well as donated $645 toward this worthy ministry.  For more information visit:

Founded nearly 70 years ago as a pan-Lutheran organization to help war torn Europe after WWII, this robust Lutheran agency continues to reach out across the globe to help the hurting, hungry, and homeless in the name of Jesus Christ.  Whether it’s the typhoon in the Philippines or the earthquake in Haiti LWR is there, on the ground, in local congregations making a difference in Christ’s name. In 2019 GLC donated $585 to LWR. For more information visit:


A ministry based on Hebrews 13:3: "Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body." The Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit,inter-denominational Christian organization dedicated to assisting the persecuted church worldwide. VOM was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned 14 years in Communist Romania for his faith in Christ. His wife, Sabina, was imprisoned for three years. In the 1960s, Richard, Sabina, and their son, Mihai, were ransomed out of Romania and came to the United States. Through their travels, the Wurmbrands spread the message of the atrocities that Christians face in restricted nations, while establishing a network of offices dedicated to assisting the persecuted church. In 2019 Greenford Lutheran provided $1,045.00 to VOM. 

The Voice of the Martyrs continues in this mission around the world today through the following main purposes:

VOM’s Five Main Purposes

To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill the Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

To provide practical relief and spiritual support to the families of Christian martyrs.

To equip persecuted Christians to love and win to Christ those who are opposed to the gospel in their part of the world.

To undertake projects of encouragement, helping believers rebuild their lives and Christian witness in countries where they have formerly suffered oppression.

To promote the fellowship of all believers by informing the world of the faith and courage of persecuted Christians, thereby inspiring believers to a deeper level of commitment to Christ and involvement in His Great Commission.

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JULY’S BENEVOLENCE was Samaritan’s Purses program Operation Christmas Child.  It was “Christmas in July” when we collected $1,475.00.  However, this benevolence was different because it wasn’t just a writing a check but also getting an opportunity for hands on volunteering.  In October the Stewardship committee used the funds to purchase items recommended by Operation Christmas child to pack Christmas boxes for presents to be delivered to children all over the world.  The committee also gave the congregation an opportunity to donate items from the suggestion list Operation Christmas Child published.  Along with that our Junior and Senior High youth helped out by assembling the items that were donated along with the items that were purchased into thirty different boxes.  Funds that weren’t used to purchase items for the boxes were donated to Operation Christmas Child to cover mailing expenses associated with the project.