April 28, 2021
Dear Friends of Our Savior Lutheran Church,
As all of you know that I started this India clothing donation project in the Spring of 2020. We had a wonderful response from the congregation with so many donations. We were also able to collect some donations from a few friends and neighbors. Of course due to Covid, all progress to ship ceased. I was finally able to ship the boxes in September of 2020 via sea mail. The cost of the shipping for five of the seven boxes was graciously provided by OSLC’s social ministry. The parcels arrived in India in January 2021.
I asked my very close family friend, Reverend John Sunil, who resides in India to take on the responsibility of receiving the parcels and then distributing. He is an Ordained Pastor who is always organizing and completing mission work in India. I have worked with him and his family in the past with several other successful small mission projects. I knew he would be a trustworthy person that would take the initiative since I was not able to be there in person to handle it all. This proved to be quite a challenging task due to the ongoing issues of the pandemic. After receiving the parcels, with the help of his wife and parents, they washed and sterilized the clothes and then separated and packaged by size and gender. They were finally able to complete the distributions at the beginning of April, 2021.
He sent me an email, which I’ve included below, that details the various missions where he distributed our donations, along with donations he collected and provided himself, such as food, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.
I just want to express my deepest gratitude to all of you for your generosity and support on this project. What a great blessing it is that we were able to touch so many lives so many miles away. Our congregation should be so proud that we shared our Christian love to those less fortunate especially during this tumultuous time. Please read Pastor John’s email, along with the photos he sent. God bless you.
Much love, your sister, Glory Gopinath
Greetings in the name of Lord Jesus Christ,
"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40.
We render our heartfelt “Thank You” to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Tx, USA for having expressed their love and generosity by donating clothes to the under privileged and needy. Truly appreciate all who took the initiation of collecting the clothes, packing and shipping, specially to Ms. Glory Gopinath (As we dearly call her “Mom”). She had been updating us accurately on the same until it reached us.
It’s my pleasure in sharing about the updates on the mission work and trips that we handled in India.
After receiving the parcels in mid of Jan’2021, we did take a few precautionary methods in washing and sterilizing the clothes since they travelled in multiple places during Covid-19. Then bifurcating and neatly packing the clothes based on age and gender and we then started our mission journey on different intervals.