Hurricane Maria

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Oct. 22 church bulletin insert, flier for Disaster Response aid

The LCMS encourages congregations to use the following church bulletin insert and flier to inform members how they can join relief efforts in Puerto Rico, California, and beyond.

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LCMS missionary to Puerto Rico Rev. Matt Ruesch assists Doris Rosado in communicating via satellite phone with her daughter, who lives in the U.S. Rosado and her family are members of Ruesch's parish, Iglesia Luterana Principe de Paz (Prince of Peace Lutheran Church), in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria, which made landfall on Sept. 20, wiped out much of the island’s power and communications grid. (LCMS/Al Dowbnia)

Recovery slow but steady in Puerto Rico as donations and aid are still needed

Power remains out over much of the island and many roads are still blocked by debris.

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Puerto Rico update: Interview with Missionary Matt Ruesch

An LCMS Disaster Response team has been on the ground in Puerto Rico this past week as part of an initial assessment trip.

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Oct. 15 church bulletin insert, flier for Puerto Rico relief

Despite the challenges of blocked roads and collapsed bridges, Lutherans will bring Christ’s mercy to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

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Residents of Puerto Rico wait for the water to recede Sept. 21 following Hurricane Maria. An LCMS Disaster Response team has been on standby, waiting for the military and first responders to clear roads and secure hard-hit areas so that it can enter the country and assess needs. A tentative five-day trip is planned to begin Oct. 5. (Yuisa Rios/FEMA)

Synod prepares response to devastated Puerto Rico

With limited information from Lutherans there, an LCMS assessment team plans to leave for the island Oct. 5.

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