Disaster Response

Disaster Response

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

‘Mercy centers’ up and running in Puerto Rico

Training, tools and trailers help disaster dollars go farther‘Mercy centers’ up and running in Puerto Rico

Since Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean in September 2017, LCMS missionaries and disaster workers have purchased and readied buildings to serve as disaster-response centers in two of the island’s three-largest cities: Ponce and Mayaguez.

Aid from LCMS Disaster Response has already been distributed to those who need it since the storm did its damage, and the two new centers signal a sense of permanence — a concrete-and-mortar sign that Lutherans won’t be stopping that work anytime soon.

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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
A Ministry of Merciful Visitation and Pastoral Presence
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 12:00:03 AM

Prayer During Times of Suffering and Tragedy
Tuesday, July 03, 2018 12:00:34 AM

Pastoral Blessing and the Benediction
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 12:00:57 AM

The Role of Worship as Comfort in Times of Tragedy
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 12:00:41 AM

‘Lift High the Cross’ theme of National Disaster Response Conference
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 12:32:43 PM

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