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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
“Mercy in Action” was the theme as more than 50 participants from nine countries attended the disaster-response training conference for The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s Asia Pacific region Nov. 27-29 in Hong Kong. Conference leaders Rev. Glenn F. Merritt, director of LCMS Disaster Response, and Rev. Carlos Hernandez, director of LCMS Church and Community Engagement, shared [...]
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.
Even as the remnant of Hurricane Isaac brought heavy rainfall and strong wind to the East Coast late Tuesday, Sept. 4, the LCMS continued to take stock of its damages and reach out with mercy to those affected. At Concordia College Alabama in Selma, Ala., two dormitories had minor flooding and 70 students were relocated [...]
Seventeen Indian Lutheran registered nurses completed the inaugural parish nurse training program led by LCMS Health Ministries in partnership with the Indian Evangelical Lutheran Church (IELC), introducing a new vocation and a new opportunity for mercy work in a country with many serious medical needs. “The Indian nurses were excited and very involved in the [...]
Photo: A group of Tagakaulo farmers in the Philippines learn how to lay out and plant living terraces on a contour, which will help reduce soil erosion and set the course for sustainable farming success. How do you help a people who are among the poorest of the poor learn to faithfully tithe? For most [...]
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.