Disaster Response

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.

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.