LCMS Disaster Response assessment team heads to Texas

The LCMS Disaster Response team loads supplies early Wednesday, Aug. 30, before leaving St. Louis for Texas following Hurricane Harvey. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

By Cheryl Magness (cheryl.magness@lcms.org)

An LCMS assessment team led by Director of Disaster Response Rev. Dr. Ross Johnson set out Aug. 30 from the LCMS International Center in St. Louis to Texas following Hurricane Harvey.

Equipped with diapers, wipes, work gloves, face masks, batteries, flashlights and cases of water, they headed for Corpus Christi and Houston, Texas, two of the areas severely affected by the storm.

Their goal? To share the Gospel while helping in whatever way possible and to collect information about how the LCMS can best serve the recovery effort both now and in the long term.

Work has begun in earnest to provide relief and ongoing support for those suffering the effects of Harvey.

The Synod’s Harvey webpage offers devotional materials, prayers, fliers, bulletin inserts and blurbs (with more to be added) to assist churches in getting the word out to members.

An online volunteer sign-up form has been created for individuals who wish to volunteer. Plans also are being made to connect schools in need with schools that want to help.

The primary need right now is for donations to fund the relief effort. There are several giving options:

  • OnlineHarvey donation form.
  • Text — Type LCMSHarvey into the text message field and send it to 41444. You’ll receive a text back with a link to a phone-friendly, secure donation form.
  • Phone — Call 888-930-4438 to make a credit-card donation. Calling hours (Central time) begin at 8 a.m. and have been extended to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-10.
  • Mail — Make check payable to “The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod” or “LCMS.” On the memo line, please write “Disaster Response/Relief” or “Hurricane Harvey.” Mail your donation to: The LCMS, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861.

LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison released a Hurricane Harvey video update Aug. 30 (see below) that details the Synod’s plans to “come alongside” by supporting local efforts to assist those in need.

Harrison asked LCMS members to pray, volunteer and give, directing them to Isaiah 43:1-3: “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.’ ”

Visit the Synod’s Harvey webpage regularly to get the latest news on LCMS efforts to help and to access useful resources.

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Posted August 31, 2017 / Updated September 7, 2017

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3 Responses to LCMS Disaster Response assessment team heads to Texas

  1. Jo-Marie Toepper September 1, 2017 at 8:15 am #

    Compassion comes from donated resources and the people that give them, donate them and distribute them to those in need. Mercy comes from Christ and those who share the Gospel to provide hope in such turmoil and it is with opening the door to people’s hearts with compassionate acts that they then are eager to hear of the hope Christ has here and eternally. May people come to Christ for their hope!

  2. September 1, 2017 at 11:37 am #

    Need an insert so people can sign up to serve this way. Not everyone uses a computer.

    • LCMS Church Information Center September 1, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

      Thank you for your comment. The LCMS Church Information Center is happy to help those without a computer to sign up to volunteer. Please call our friendly staff 888-843-5267 to register.

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