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Days for Girls


For the fourth year in a row, a group from Orchard Hill set out to create 200+ feminine hygiene kits that will go to Haiti next March with the spring break mission trip. For 5 weeks this fall, 43 women met at Peet Junior High to help start sewing, ironing, cutting, pinning and piecing the kits together. The kits are finished over winter, then the kits and the girls who will be receiving them, are lovingly prayed over to be sent overseas in the spring.

Days for Girls was born out of the desire to see girls around the world attend school more regularly by providing them with washable feminine hygiene kits. Their research showed that within a year of receiving these kits, the number of girls dropping out of school decreased from 25% a year to 3%. This issue is a surprising, but instrumental key to social change.

“When I heard about the issue women around the world face, I was shocked that I had never thought about it before,” said Kara Vander Wiel, who oversees the kit creation. “We take a lot for granted in the U.S. and have the ability to help change this in the communities we partner with.”

Each kit includes a drawstring bag filled with 2 waterproof shields, 8 double-layer liners made out of flannel, two pairs of underwear, a washcloth, and bar of soap. They are designed to last for 3 years.

“Many of our young women use old rags or whatever they can find because they don’t have supplies. These kits are allowing them to stay in school every day,” said Kristie Mompremier from UCI, Orchard Hill’s partner in Haiti. “When giving these kits away, one of the main questions we get is, why would someone who doesn’t know me make this for me? This opens up the opportunity to share the gospel with them. We are finding that we could give away as many kits as you could make.”

Celebrating 133 years of Lincoln Center


Today, many will gather at Lincoln Center to celebrate the life and ministries of the church. Their story began in 1884 when German immigrants settled the area and started the church.

In the early 1900s, several members wanted to reach their neighbors, so they stepped out in faith to start an English service. This was controversial at the time because many felt to be a true worship service, it must be in German.

“Lincoln Center’s heart for reaching next generations has been a common thread woven throughout their story,” said Brad Hillebrand, Grundy County staff. In addition, in 2000s this congregation reached out to Orchard Hill’s leadership for help in continuing services. After a couple years of praying, Lincoln Center became part of Orchard Hill in 2011.

“Lincoln Center had a pattern of doing unconventional things to reach people for Jesus,” continued Hillebrand. “Sometimes very hard and always coming with a sacrifice, but throughout their story, they’ve always had a way reaching their neighbors for Christ.”

In August, Sunday morning worship was moved to the new Orchard facility in Grundy Center. “This afternoon, at the Lincoln Center location, we will gather, share stories, remember the past while looking forward to the future,” said Dave Bartlett. “Everyone is welcome to come.”

“We hope people leave feeling encouraged and inspired. We want to honor the people who called Lincoln Center their home, and the long legacy of the Church,” said Hillebrand.

Everyone is invited to come this afternoon at 2:00pm at Lincoln Center for a powerful worship service combining scripture, hymns and stories.

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