Disaster Response

Disaster Response

“We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)  —  Helping the hurting amid disaster

Hurricane Florence

FlorenceLCMS World Relief and Human Care’s Disaster Response is on the ground in North Carolina, led by Southeastern District President Rev. Dr. John Denninger, as they visit LCMS congregations hit hard by floodwaters following Hurricane Florence.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, a semitrailer of supplies purchased with dollars donated previously to LCMS Disaster Response arrived in Wake Forest. Those supplies are being distributed for use by volunteers and homeowners in the early work of disaster recovery and restoration.

Generators, dehumidifiers, cleaning supplies, tools, diapers, baby wipes and formula filled the semitruck provided by Orphan Grain Train, which arrived a day after it was packed in St. Louis.

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Conference is Oct. 16-18

2018 National LCMS Disaster Response Conference

Registration is open for the 2018 National LCMS Disaster Response Conference, which is scheduled for Oct. 16-18 at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Registration is only $30 per person, and meals are included.

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Texas volunteers needed

Texas volunteers needed

Whether you have a day, a week or longer, volunteer opportunities are available with the LCMS Texas District as it continues long-term rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Harvey. All skill levels are welcome.

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Recent Stories & Articles

LCMS Disaster Response – Reporter
As the waters rise in North Carolina, neighbors arrive to help
Thursday, September 20, 2018 11:19:39 AM

LCMS congregations prepare response to Hurricane Florence
Saturday, September 15, 2018 1:10:57 PM

Rain, rain, go away: Deluge in Wisconsin affects LCMS churches and members
Tuesday, September 04, 2018 3:46:32 PM

As California burns, Lutherans care
Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:44:22 PM

History and Origins of the Work of LCMS World Relief and Human Care and the Development of LCMS Disaster Response
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 12:00:46 AM

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