LCMS Disaster Response

Jim Stites watches his Fountaingrove neighborhood burn in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 9. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

Families with LCMS ties suffer wildfire damages

No members of LCMS congregations died, and no LCMS churches were damaged, but almost 50 LCMS families lost their homes in the fires.

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A sign expressing support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey sits outside a store in Rockport, Texas, on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

Letter: Volunteers needed in Texas

The Rev. Ken Hennings, president of the LCMS Texas District, thanks those who have helped and invites additional volunteers.

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Oct. 29 church bulletin insert, flier for disaster relief efforts

As of Oct. 19, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s California-Nevada-Hawaii District reports several members have lost homes to California wildfires.

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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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A scene from a neighborhood in Bonita Springs, Fla., following Hurricane Irma. (LCMS/Erik Lunsford)

Harvey and Irma: Synod focuses on long-term aid

Collaboration among LCMS Disaster Response, affected districts and essential partners continues to be strengthened by generosity shown across the Synod.

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