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How Can I Help?

6 ways to actually help during a natural disaster.

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Thoughts and encouragement from a disaster pro

I am pleased to offer this brief but worthwhile Hurricane Harvey-related commentary by my esteemed predecessor as Director of LCMS Disaster Response, the Rev. Glenn F. Merritt, now retired in Arlington, Texas.

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The Rev. Timothy Mueller, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, kneels to pray at the altar on Sunday, August 9, 2015, during a "Day of Thanksgiving and Rededication"  at the church in New Minden, Ill. Nearly two years ago, a tornado damaged the church and surrounding homes. Mueller is joined by the Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Mueller Jr. (left), first vice-president of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the LCMS (right), and the Rev. Jacob Mueller of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Emma, Mo (next to Harrison). LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

Lutheran Congregational Mercy Work

*This is Part two of seven in a series of Basic Theology of Mercy Work Series* Lutheran Congregational Mercy Work There has recently been a resurgence of congregational mercy work across the congregations in the LCMS. Much of this was due to the guidance of Harrison, who wrote to pastors and lay leaders of the […]

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Theological Introductions to Mercy Work

*This is Part 1 of 7: A Basic Theology of Mercy Work* “Mercy Work,” as it will be defined herein (Christian care for those in need – in body, mind, or spirit), flows directly from God’s mercy to us. The frequent apostolic blessing of “grace, mercy, and peace” should remind us of the importance of […]

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Hurricane Matthew Update

Curious about what Lutherans have been doing in the Carolinas since Hurricane Matthew? Look no further.

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New Devotional Guide: The Lord’s Mercy Endures Forever!

A new devotional resource for people going through tragedy is now available from LCMS Disaster Response, The Lord’s Mercy Endures Forever: 40 Daily Devotions of God’s Comfort.  Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Even as little children, we learn that life isn’t […]

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