Following the Monday, April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon attacks, the LCMS is fully prepared to do one of the things she does best: show mercy to those who are suffering. LCMS Disaster Response has been in touch with New England Distract President Timothy Yeadon, district staff and LCMS congregations in the Boston area, and the Rev. Carlos Hernandez, director, Church and Community Engagement, will be on scene.
LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison offers words of comfort following the tragedy in Boston: "Like the death of our Lord Christ Himself, we pray that, even in this dark hour, the sacrifice and pain of those affected will not be in vain, but redound in good as yet unseen."
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 [...]
Will Luther, Moses and Isaiah be at school, too? Callers didn’t necessarily ask about the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs by their individual names, but that’s who they meant when they contacted Sandy Hook Elementary School as classes prepared to resume on Thursday, Jan. 3, for the first time since the horrific shootings in Newtown, Conn. [...]
(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 [...]
Photo: From left, Pastor Andy Busch, Steve Carbno and Pastor Paul Krueger of Our Savior Lutheran Church acknowledge a $20,000 grant from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Hope Village — based on the campus of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Minot, N.D. — is $20,000 closer to funding a new full-time manager position for the flood recovery [...]
Abbi, Barnabas, Chewie, Hannah, Maggie, Ruthie, Luther, Prince and Shami — the nine four-legged disaster-response workers who arrived in Newtown, Conn., on Saturday, Dec. 15, to assist the shaken residents — “have brought peace and comfort everywhere they have gone,” according to the Rev. Glenn F. Merritt, director of LCMS Disaster Response. Indeed, the community — [...]
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 [...]