Disaster Response

Disaster Response

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


The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Disaster Response ministry responds to immediate and long-term needs following natural and man-made disasters.

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  • Working through LCMS districts and congregations as well as with international Lutheran churches and other partners, LCMS Disaster Response builds capacity of the church’s partners to respond to needs with Christian care.

    The ministry reaches out to LCMS congregations and their communities with services that include on-site assessment, emergency relief and development grants, pastoral care for LCMS church workers and members, and other resources.



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The seminary of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) in Addis Ababa was also severely damaged, and several peop...


Haiti suffers 7.2 magnitude earthquake
LCMS World Relief and Human Care Disaster Response has begun to evaluate and respond to the situation.


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LERT Volunteer Site

Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) has a new website to connect LCMS Disaster Response volunteers at the local and national level.

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The 2021 Disaster Response Conference, which will be held Oct. 6–8, in St. Louis, is at full capacity. A waiting list is available.

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Rev. Dr. Ross Johnson
Director of Disaster Response


Rev. Michael Meyer
Director of Disaster Training

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On the memo line or enclosed note, please indicate how you would like your gift to be used. (Disaster Response – where needed most, wildfire relief, hurricane relief, etc.)
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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861

 

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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Inc., including Mission Central (in Mapleton, Iowa), is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

A contribution designated (restricted) for a specific purpose, when accepted, will be used only to fund expenses related to that purpose. Occasionally, we may receive more in contributions for a particular purpose than can be wisely applied to it in the foreseeable future or the purpose may cease to be feasible. In these situations, the LCMS will make reasonable attempts to contact contributors to apply their contribution toward another aspect of ministry that aligns closely the contributor’s goals and values. If a contributor cannot be contacted, the LCMS will use the gift to meet a similar pressing need that most closely matches the contributor's original intent.

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