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.
The January edition of The Lutheran Witness addresses the barrage of natural disasters that occurred in 2011, highlighting the ways in which The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) responded through works of mercy. Get a firsthand look at how the generous donations of LCMS members have made it possible to show Christ’s love to those suffering [...]
“Incomprehensible even after witnessing it firsthand” is how LCMS President Dr. Matthew C. Harrison describes the miles of rubble where Japanese homes and businesses once stood, a bleak reminder of the triple disaster that devastated that country’s northern coast three months ago. Harrison and LCMS ministry leaders grasped for words to express the enormity of [...]
by LCMS World Relief and Human Care As a magnitude-7.4 aftershock shook Japan on April 7, a Pennsylvania teen is one of many LCMS members working on fundraisers to help ease suffering in the beleaguered country nearly one month after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Hannah Schumacher, 17, collected books for an upcoming benefit sale [...]
Hours after returning March 24, from Tokyo on business, James Domingo tackled another job – helping finalize plans for his congregation’s fund-raiser for Japan disaster relief through LCMS World Relief and Human Care (WR-HC). Domingo, a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Solon, Ohio, said he hopes the March 26, benefit bake sale will serve [...]
Regardless of age — tots and teens alike — the kids at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Martinsville, Ind., will sell “Doughnuts for Disaster Relief” following worship services this weekend. The fundraiser is meant to increase awareness of the disaster in Japan and collect donations for LCMS World Relief and Human Care’s “Japan Disaster Relief” [...]
As the most powerful aftershock yet rattled the coast off northeastern Japan on Tuesday, March 22, LCMS World Relief and Human Care (WR-HC) continues to work with Lutheran partners and prepares to assist with long-term recovery in a country where reports indicate several hundred thousand evacuees still live in shelters. “The needs are clearly going [...]
James Domingo typically sits in the pew at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Solon, Ohio. On Sunday, March 20, he plans to stand at the front of the sanctuary and ask his congregation to join him in helping suffering Japanese through LCMS World Relief and Human Care’s disaster response. After the service, the 43-year-old business consultant [...]
Besides doing homework after school this week, fifth and sixth graders at Martin Luther School in Joplin, Mo., baked cookies to sell to raise funds for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan. “The students were concerned about the people of Japan and really wanted to raise money for them,” said Charlotte Robertson, second-grade teacher at [...]