Disaster Response

Disaster Response

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

Northern California wildfires

While the wildfires in Northern California have subsided with the beginning of the rainy season, new concerns are arising.

Burn areas are particularly susceptible to mudslides and significant erosion during heavy rains. Please keep all those affected in your prayers as they seek to mitigate this and other risks.

A number of LCMS congregations in the damaged areas participated in a well-attended Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) training session on how to respond with their time and talents after such a disaster.

Of particular concern to most of these churches is addressing the spiritual-care needs of rescue workers and victims. LCMS Disaster Response has provided numerous resources to help enable this care, including access to our “Camp Courage” curriculum.

Working in collaboration with the district, Disaster Response continues to walk alongside district disaster responders to help meet immediate needs in the stricken communities.

LCMS team returns to Puerto Rico

LCMS Disaster Response leaders returned Nov. 8 to the Hurricane Maria-ravaged island of Puerto Rico.

Working with the LCMS Office of International Mission, they seek to place a Disaster Response Coordinator in Mayaguez, the third-largest city in this U.S. territory after San Juan and Ponce. The coordinator would work out of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, a mission congregation of the Synod.

For now, the main priority is the continuing distribution of relief supplies. Long term, the hope is that one or more new mission starts may be realized.

Lutherans making a difference in long aftermath of Harvey, Irma

As LCMS World Relief and Human Care, through its Disaster Response arm, answers the call following Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, it’s important that the kindness being expressed across the Synod continues in the weeks, months and even years following these catastrophes.

Disaster Response is committed to supporting affected districts — particularly Texas — and their church communities for the long haul, especially now that most secular relief organizations have moved on to something use.

Maintaining the capability of local Lutherans to extend relief remains a priority, as does equipping these congregations with spiritual-care resources so Christ’s mercy will continue to be made known in body-and-soul care to entire communities.


Volunteers needed in LCMS Texas District

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  • The LCMS Texas District has identified many locations needing volunteer assistance after Hurricane Harvey devastated areas in and around Houston in August.

    After careful planning, the Texas District will focus relief efforts in the Golden Triangle, which includes Beaumont and Port Arthur northeast of Houston; and the Coastal Bend, which includes Corpus Christi and Rockport southwest of Houston.

    “Regardless of the area in which you choose to work, the primary focus will be on people — building relationships, praying for them, and, ultimately, pointing them to Jesus,” Texas District President Ken Hennings wrote in an letter posted Nov. 2 on Reporter Online.

    “The work will consist of mucking out homes, rebuilding, debris removal, and tree-cutting for those who are chainsaw certified,” Hennings continued. “Wherever you may serve, there are site coordinators who will arrange the work and provide you with shelter, showers and some, if not all, meals.”

    Letter from Rev. Ken Hennings     Volunteer with Texas District

LCMS partners in response to Mexico earthquake

A long-term response to the Mexico City earthquake is starting to take shape following meetings involving LCMS Disaster Response, missionaries, local church leaders and international partners.

The primary focus will be on serving several of the working-poor communities on the outskirts of this huge metropolis.

A key partner in this endeavor is “Christ for All the Nationals” (CPTLN), the international side of Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Rev. Dr. Ross Johnson, Director

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Note how you want your gift used on the memo line or in an enclosed note (such as: Disasters - where needed most, Hurricane Harvey, California Wildfires, etc.) Mail to:

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861


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