Disaster Response

LCEF, Thrivent announce funds for Harvey relief

Lutheran Church Extension Fund is providing $350,000, and Thrivent Financial will match donations up to a total of $3 million.

As residents return home, pastors provide care in Harvey’s wake

Residents in hard-hit areas need basic supplies like food and water and help with cleanup, “but most of all, they need to hear that God is with them.”

Lutherans helping neighbors in Katy, Texas

Members of Memorial Lutheran Church go door to door, reaching out “to help anyone who has needs.”

Photo gallery: Responding to Hurricane Harvey in Texas

LCMS World Relief and Human Care, through its Disaster Response team, is working with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Texas District to bring urgent relief and the hope of the Gospel to Texans whose lives have been shaken by Hurricane Harvey.

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.

LCMS Disaster Response assessment team heads to Texas

Their goal is to share the Gospel while helping in whatever way possible.

Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis offers matching funds for Harvey relief

Lutheran congregations in the St. Louis area now have the opportunity to double their donations for Hurricane Harvey relief, thanks to a matching fund from the Foundation.

Free devotional booklet for those affected by disaster

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, LCMS Disaster Response has made a devotional booklet for those affected by disaster available as a free download.

Hurricane Harvey church bulletin inserts, information (updated for Sept. 10)

The LCMS encourages congregations to use these church bulletin inserts and resources to inform members how they can support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Houston-area LCMS churches, pastors, members report flood damages

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is working alongside the Texas District to provide physical and spiritual care and comfort to all victims.

LCMS President Harrison: Synod at work with Texas District toward Hurricane Harvey relief

An army of LCMS people — national and district, professional and lay, staff and volunteer — will be coming alongside our afflicted brothers and sisters in Christ in southeastern Texas.

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…

Boards and Business: International, National Mission

Reports on recent meetings of the Synod’s Boards for International and National Mission.

Registration opens for Disaster Response Conference

The annual conference is set for Sept. 26-28 at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Partnership provides respite after disasters

LCMS Disaster Response and the Florida-Georgia District work together to provide respite, counseling and aftercare for pastors and their families following catastrophic events.

Prayers, generosity enable LCMS mercy efforts after 2017 storms

Spring 2017 flooding in Missouri and tornadoes in Texas are only part of a string of destructive calamities straining available disaster-response resources.