Disaster Response

Gospel Proclamation in the Wake of Disaster

LCMS Disaster Response is a ministry of presence, a presence rich with God’s mercy and Word of life. It serves the thousands of individuals and families all over the world who are suffering from loss in the wake of disasters like hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, fires and tornadoes.

Fale Explains LCMS’ Unique Disaster Response Work

The Rev. John Fale, associate executive director of LCMS Mercy Operations, explains how The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod shows mercy in the midst of chaos and disaster.

LCMS members evacuated, lose homes in Colorado wildfire

“Some people got out with only the clothes on their backs. They don’t even have a change of clothes or a toothbrush,” said the Rev. Dr. Dennis Lucero of Colorado Springs, Colo.

May 31 tornadoes affect LCMS Lutherans in Missouri, Oklahoma

LCMS Lutherans respond with acts of mercy after May 31 tornadoes in Oklahoma and Missouri.

LCMS reaches out after tornadoes, seeks volunteers

The LCMS approves an initial $100,000 emergency grant to assist tornado victims in Oklahoma. Those interested in volunteering for cleanup may now register for service.

Moore, Okla., pastor relates tornado nightmare

In a gripping account, Pastor Mark Bersche of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Moore, relates how the massive tornado turned an ordinary Monday into a day he’ll never forget.

Synod approves $100,000 grant for tornado needs

The grant from LCMS Disaster Response to the Synod’s Oklahoma District will be used to meet immediate tornado-relief needs.

Missouri Synod grants $100,000 for Oklahoma tornado relief

ST. LOUIS, May 24, 2013— As damage assessments continue, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has approved an initial $100,000 emergency grant to the LCMS Oklahoma District to meet immediate tornado-relief needs.

Disaster response photos from Oklahoma

After the May 20, 2013, monstrous tornadoes, which devastated parts the Midwest and Moore, Okla., killing at least 24 people — many of them children — LCMS Disaster Response staff are requesting prayers and gifts to help with the Synod’s ongoing relief effort. See how the LCMS is responding by bearing witness to Christ and showing mercy to others.

Synod provides $70,000 more for ongoing Sandy relief

As recovery efforts continue on the East Coast following the ravages of Superstorm Sandy last fall, the LCMS issues a new $70,000 grant to help 13 families in New Jersey.

LCMS, CPH providing free resources following tornadoes

Free resources from the LCMS include a video, a Bible study, worship helps and opportunities to support the work of LCMS Disaster Response.

Caring for Body and Soul in the Name of Jesus

The Midwestern tornadoes, one of which devastated Moore, Okla., call for a strong response of love by the church. Our congregation — St. John’s in Moore — as well as surrounding congregations and the LCMS Oklahoma District are in need of our collective support now and well into the future.

When Disaster Strikes: Worship Resources with Litany

Here are a number of brief resources you may find useful in addressing the sorts of questions that arise among God’s people when faced with disasters in this fallen world. They all seek to refresh the weary with the wonderful promises of God’s Word related to suffering, the end of this age, and the joys of the age that will dawn at our Lord’s return.

Synod vicar bears witness in hard-hit Moore, Okla.

LCMS Vicar Aaron Uphoff shares Christ’s love with hurting people in hard-hit Moore, Okla., hours after the deadly tornado upends homes and lives.

LCMS prepares response to Oklahoma tornado; prayers, gifts requested

In the wake of a monstrous tornado that devastated parts of Moore, Okla., LCMS Disaster Response staff are requesting prayers and gifts to help with the Synod’s ongoing relief effort.

LCMS responds to Oklahoma tornado

ST. LOUIS, May 21, 2013—In the wake of the monstrous tornado that struck Moore, Okla., and severe storms that affected other areas of the Midwest yesterday, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) asks for prayers and financial gifts to help those affected by the disaster.