Disaster Response

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LWML grant helps provide disaster-response trailers

The 26 trailers will increase the capacity of LCMS districts and congregations to respond to disasters in their own communities.

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Disaster Response Conference in South America for Pastors and Seminarians

Last week LCMS Disaster Response and Luther Academy led a three day conference in South America for 76 Pastors and Seminarians on how to respond to disasters and minister to people hurting from a wide variety of tragedies.

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Fire destroys church’s building, but not ‘God’s plans’

St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northrop, Minn., is a total loss, but its attached elementary school is expected to be back in operation by April 18.

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Volunteers cut up fallen trees in East Moline, IL after a deadly Tornado.

LERT Trained and Thrown Into the Fire

This tornado struck just 3 days after the local LERT training on March 12th. The congregation saw a need, hosted the training and became certified for disaster preparedness. No one knew at the time that they themselves would hear the tornado sirens just a few days later. Because the team was trained beforehand, they knew […]

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Hymnals lay in the pews amongst the rubble of Zion Lutheran Church on Monday, May 11, 2015, in Delmont, S.D. A tornado swept through the area the previous day and destroyed the church and nearby buildings. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

The State and the Current State of Lutheranism: Serving the Poor – Part 3

Lutheran Congregational Mercy Work Over the last 15 years there has been a renaissance of congregational mercy work across the congregations in the LCMS. Much of this resurgence was due to the leadership of President Rev. Matthew C. Harrison who was then the head of LCMS World Relief and Human Care. In 2002, Harrison began […]

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The Rev. Brian Bucklew, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, prays with Lori Bueber on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Delmont, S.D. A tornado swept through the area on Sunday and destroyed the church where Bucklew is pastor along with nearby buildings in the surrounding neighborhoods. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

The State and the Current State of Lutheranism: Serving the Poor Part 2

However, for almost two decades there has been an increased reliance on government funding NGOs. Many large faith-based organizations now get well over 50 percent of their annual income from the government funding sources and depend substantially on government budgets, election results, and political parties for funding their social work projects.

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