Concordia Publishing House’s 2013 vacation Bible school program includes an offering opportunity for “Ready Now: Disaster Response Fund,” which enables the LCMS to respond quickly to those who are suffering in the wake of a disaster. “Ready Now” funds are used to provide food and water, and survival and shelter kits to those whose lives [...]
While traveling to New Jersey to help with Superstorm Sandy relief, the Rev. Carlos Hernandez, director of Church and Community Development with the LCMS Office of National Mission, got a call from a Guatemalan pastor about another disaster Hernandez had not yet heard about. More than a week later, many in the United States may [...]
Sporting his U.S. Army uniform, the Rev. Rod Armon looks like he’s prepared should a disaster hit anywhere near Doniphan, Neb., the community where he serves as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church. But Armon, who is also state chaplain for the Nebraska National Guard, said he was “feeling overwhelmed in a good way” by [...]
Photo: Rev. Omar Kinas, (pictured here with his family) a missionary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina, currently serves as mercy project manager and missionary in Chile. LCMS disaster-response officials are headed to Chile this week after Sunday’s magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck near Talca, a city of more than 200,000 people. Our partner church, the [...]
In response to the earthquake in central Mexico March 20, the LCMS established telephone and email contact March 21 with President Alvaro Lopez of the Lutheran Synod of Mexico, a partner church of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Lopez told the Rev. Carlos Hernandez that he (Lopez) continues to receive calls from all over the world, [...]
Photo: A firefighter rests next to part of the structure of a bridge that fell over a public bus during an earthquake, in Mexico City, Tuesday March 20, 2012. A strong, long earthquake with epicenter in Guerrero state shook central southern Mexico on Tuesday, swaying buildings in Mexico City and sending frightened workers and residents into [...]
Photo: A member of the Confessional Lutheran Church of Chile, right, visits with a woman whose home was damaged by the earthquake and offers “Strength for Hard Times” pamphlets provided by Lutheran Hour Ministries. When an 8.8 magnitude earthquake shook Chile on Feb. 27, 2010, members of [...]
NEW VIDEO: As he prepares to return to Japan, the Rev. Glenn F. Merritt, director of LCMS Disaster Response, talks about recovery work and needs that continue one year after one of the most powerful earthquakes in recorded history triggered a massive tsunami and nuclear crisis. Listen to the interview and learn how your prayers and support are helping Lutheran partners reach out to Japanese children affected by the “invisible disaster” of radiation concerns. Watch the video: http://video.lcms.org/archives/1073.
To date, LCMS donors have provided more than $2.3 million for emergency and long-term recovery efforts in Japan. That support helped Japan Lutheran Emergency Relief (JLER) — a partnership of four Lutheran church bodies — distribute emergency supplies at a relief center in Sendai, the nearest major city to the quake, and provide families with shelter and medical care.
Photo: A new Lutheran congregation in Jacmel, Haiti, forms the heart of a Lutheran Village. (Rev. Dr. Al Collver) Get a first-hand look into the Jan. 15 Lutheran Village home and church dedication in Jacmel, Haiti. Rev. Dr. Al Collver, LCMS director of Church Relations – assistant to the President, shares photos, video interviews with [...]