Nearly three months after Superstorm Sandy, eight elderly, single women struggling to resume their lives along the hard-hit New Jersey Shore were among those offered a helping hand with debris and tree removal by Shepherd’s Heart Ministry. “All the women had limited access to help, financial or otherwise,” said David Hildebrandt, Sandy relief coordinator for [...]
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 Congress and insurance companies continued to crunch numbers concerning Superstorm Sandy financial assistance, congregations in the LCMS Atlantic and New Jersey Districts made Christmas a bit happier for families who lost their homes and for those still living without electricity. Volunteers visited some of the hardest-hit communities during the days before Christmas, distributing thousands [...]
(Image: The Very First Christmas by Rev. Dr. Paul L. Maier, LCMS third vice president, published by Concordia Publishing House, is being distributed to Superstorm Sandy survivors.) As the struggles continue for many Superstorm Sandy survivors in the Northeast, two LCMS districts are joining forces with the Synod’s International Center to share a special Christmas [...]
As the death toll from Typhoon Bopha continues to climb, a Lutheran Filipino pastor is asking for prayers for his young son who suffered a serious injury after the powerful storm blew the roof off the parsonage where the family lives.
As the struggles continue for many Superstorm Sandy survivors in the Northeast, two LCMS districts are joining forces with the Synod’s national office to share a special Christmas gift of help and hope with families who are among the hardest hit.
Just days after taking part in an LCMS disaster-response training conference for the Asia Pacific region, Filipino Lutherans are preparing to use that “Mercy in Action” guidance to help devastated families in their typhoon-battered country. “What a blessing that the ALERT [Active Lutheran Emergency Response Team] just received their training and are now better equipped [...]
As congregations prepared to gather for Advent services on Wednesday, Dec. 5, the Rev. John A. Fale, associate executive director of LCMS Mercy Operations, asked for prayers for people in the Philippines who are mourning loved ones and suffering in the wake of Typhoon Bopha. The country’s strongest typhoon this year has killed more than [...]
As news is reaching the LCMS today about Typhoon Bopha, which struck the southern Philippines, we pray for the storm’s victims – for those who lost homes and possessions and most especially for those who lost loved ones. Our disaster response ministry staff have been in touch with our personnel in the area.
A news story titled “Lacey’s Village Lutheran Church Serves as ‘First Responders’ After Sandy” was published by the Barnegat-Manahawkin Patch on Nov. 27, acknowledging the dedicated response of Village Lutheran Church in Lacey, N.J., and their “first responders” in the days and weeks following Superstorm Sandy. The news story features the partnership of Village Lutheran [...]