Disaster Response

Everlasting Mercy

by Pamela J. Nielsen It could have been anywhere — Japan; the Jersey Shore; Moore, Okla.; or Boulder, Colo. — anywhere where people were tucked soundly in bed early on a Saturday morning. It could have been a tornado, a…

10 Questions with the Rev. Ross Johnson

The Rev. Ross Johnson, a military chaplain, is beginning his transition from leading a congregation in Alabama to overseeing the LCMS’ disaster response ministry.

Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later

One year after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of the country’s East Coast, this video highlights the LCMS response to the disaster.

Rev. Ross Johnson discusses LCMS Disaster Response

Rev. Ross Johnson discusses his new role as director of LCMS Disaster Response

Grants provided for flood victims in Colorado, Mexico

The $281,483 in grants from LCMS Disaster Response are intended to help families reeling from the recent flooding in northern Colorado and Mexico.

Man-made tragedies a focus of Disaster Response Conference

The fifth such conference hosted by LCMS Disaster Response, it is the first to address the church’s role in the wake of man-made tragedies such as shootings or bombings.

In Colorado: Disaster Response staff sees damage, offers aid

Although many of those with flood damage have begun cleanup, some still haven’t been able to get back to their homes because of impassable roads. Temporary housing is a big need.

Photos from the Colorado flooding

In the wake of September’s torrential rains that caused flooding across the state of Colorado, national LCMS Disaster Response and LCMS Rocky Mountain District leaders met with area pastors whose communities were affected to determine immediate relief needs and long term recovery efforts.

Disaster conference equips Latin Americans for mercy work

Lutherans from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Venezuela, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay gather to learn about how the church can and does bear mercy in times of disaster.

Fort Collins, Colo., congregation helps 1,200 evacuees

Members of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, Colo., are staffing a local shelter — providing food, clothing and other necessities to weary flood victims.

National Disaster Response Conference open to all

Anyone with an interest in responding to victims of natural and man-made disasters is welcome to attend the Synod’s Fifth National Disaster Response Conference, Oct. 7-10 in St. Louis.

At least one LCMS church hit by Colorado floods

Hope Lutheran Church in Aurora, Colo., had about an inch of standing water in its basement, damaging carpeting, drywall and furniture in its main conference room and kitchen.

Rev. Glenn Merritt discusses LCMS Disaster Response and upcoming conference

Rev. Glenn Merritt, director, LCMS Disaster Response discusses the role the LCMS takes in working with local districts and congregations during times of disaster.

Urgent call goes out for volunteers needed in West, Texas

Pastor Matthew Canion of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waco, Texas is requesting volunteers for restoration projects in West, Texas, following the devastating fertilizer plant explosion in April.

Three installed to Disaster Response, School Ministry, Foundation posts

Mark Cannon, the Rev. Michael Meyer and Terry L. Schmidt are installed by Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison Aug. 19 in St. Louis.

Meyer joins LCMS Disaster Response staff

The Rev. Michael Meyer of Denver begins serving July 1 as manager of LCMS Disaster Response.