Disaster Response

LCMS provides $551,500 in grants for Sandy relief

ST. LOUIS, December 21, 2012—The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has released $551,500 in grants to help in the Superstorm Sandy relief effort, including $200,000 that is being used for a special Christmas initiative.

LCC Comfort Dogs bring smiles back to Newtown

By Paula Schlueter Ross Abbi, Barnabas, Chewie, Hannah, Maggie, Ruthie, Luther, Prince and Shami — the nine four-legged disaster-response workers who arrived in Newtown, Conn., on Saturday, Dec. 15, to assist the shaken residents — “have brought peace and comfort everywhere…

One school shooting victim has LCMS ties

A child who had attended Sunday school at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Conn., was among those killed by a gunman Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown. The Rev. Glenn F. Merritt, director of Disaster Response for…

National Mercy Grant Enables Sustained Rebuilding Efforts in Flooded Areas

by Megan K. Mertz More than 4,100 families from the Minot, N.D., area lost their homes and possessions when the Souris River rose during the spring of 2011. Heavy rains caused flooding there and in many parts of the Midwest,…

LCMS Disaster Response Walks the Long Road

Pastor, how long do we need to keep meeting with people in our neighborhood?” “Pastor, how much longer will the volunteers be coming?” “Pastor, haven’t we already done enough?” These words, often spoken in the aftermath of a disaster, echo Peter’s: “Lord, how often should I forgive my brother when he sins against me?” Peter asked. “Up to seven times?” (Matt. 18:21). Peter wanted to know when forgiveness could end, when he could stop. Our response echoes Jesus’: “Just as My compassion and My Father’s compassion for you never ceases, neither should your love and mercy for others ever cease (paraphrase).”

'Being present' most important for disaster response

By Kim Plummer Krull ST. LOUIS — Sporting his U.S. Army uniform, the Rev. Rod Armon looks like he’s prepared should a disaster hit anywhere near Doniphan, Neb., the community where he serves as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church.…

Few spots remain for National Disaster Response Conference

If you’re a member of an LCMS congregation who’s involved in disaster response, you might want to consider attending the Synod’s Fourth Annual National Disaster Response Conference, Oct. 8-10 at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis. A limited number of…

Training helps strengthen tornado response in Henryville

By Kim Plummer Krull More than three months after an EF-4 tornado devastated Henryville, volunteers equipped with Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) training are among those still helping the southern Indiana community pick up the pieces.  “Initially, we saw a lot…

LCMS missionaries, partner church staff OK after Japan quake

Initial contact with LCMS missionaries and partner church staff in Japan indicates that they are safe after the devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck the east coast of the island nation March 11. Also, no major property losses among Lutherans have yet…