Tornado

Lutherans provide rapid response to Midwest tornadoes

In the wake of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the Midwest, the LCMS Central Illinois and Missouri districts’ Lutheran Early Response Teams are preparing to help their neighbors.

‘God is good’: Lutherans bear Christ’s mercy after Taylorville tornado

On Dec. 8, volunteers from the LCMS Central Illinois District, Lutheran Early Response Team and Lutheran Church Charities joined the cleanup effort in Taylorville, Ill., following an EF-3 tornado that struck the area on Dec. 1.

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.

Lutherans help midwestern communities after late-winter tornadoes

Lutheran Early Response Teams join storm-recovery efforts in rural southeastern Missouri and central Illinois.

Video: Mercy Begets Mercy

A year ago, their city was flooded. Now they are helping others when disaster strikes. See how LCMS congregations were moved to respond in love and mercy in the aftermath of the Perryville, Missouri, tornadoes.

Video: LCMS Response to Midwest Tornadoes

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is responding with spiritual and human care after tornadoes hit the communities of Perryville, Mo., Ottawa, Ill., and Washburn, Ill., on Tuesday, Feb. 28. In this March 3 video update, LCMS President Matthew Harrision and Rev. Michael Meyer detail the response efforts planned in those areas for Saturday, March 4, including volunteers from Lutheran Early Response Training, Comfort Dogs from Lutheran Church Charities, and disaster trailers.

Camp Restore seeks volunteers for cleanup after NOLA tornado

Some 800 homes are in need of repair after an EF-3 tornado roars through New Orleans East Feb. 7.

Video: Harrison, Schultz comfort tornado victim in New Orleans

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is providing spiritual and human care in the New Orleans area. Southeastern Louisiana was hit on Feb. 7 by an estimated six tornadoes, including two EF-3 storms with winds up to 150 mph, the National Weather Service reported. One was the most destructive tornado in the history of New Orleans.

Video: LCMS responds after Louisiana tornadoes

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is providing spiritual and human care in the New Orleans area. Southeastern Louisiana was hit on Feb. 7 by an estimated six tornadoes, including two EF-3 storms with winds up to 150 mph, the National Weather Service reported. One was the most destructive tornado in the history of New Orleans.

Pilger sanctuary dedication, 101st anniversary — joy follows disaster

St. John’s Lutheran Church, disaster responders and Synod leaders reflect on tornado recovery and Christ’s mercy.

Walking Together in the Wake of Disaster

No matter where disaster strikes — whether in Delmont, S.D., or Washington, Ill. — LCMS Disaster Response, districts and individual members work together to bring the love and mercy of Christ to those who are hurting.

Illinois church, community give thanks for tornado recovery

St. John’s Lutheran Church, New Minden, Ill., holds rededication services as the congregation and community celebrate tornado recovery on Aug. 9.

Despite demolished church, ‘amazing gratitude’ after South Dakota twister

Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont, S.D., loses its roof to a devastating tornado May 10, but Sunday-school children and teachers at the church are unharmed.

Volunteers help with Illinois tornado recovery

More than 275 cleanup volunteers respond to the EF-4 tornado that struck Northern Illinois April 9.

LCMS reaches out after ‘devastating’ tornadoes

The week of June 16 is devastating for two LCMS churches and more than two dozen LCMS members in Nebraska and South Dakota after deadly tornadoes tear through their communities and lives.

Photos, video, audio describe Nebraska tornado aftermath

Dual tornadoes pummeled Pilger, Neb., on June 16, 2014, killing one person there, injuring more than two dozen, destroying 40-50 homes, and crushing St. John Lutheran Church and its parsonage. Several LCMS members lost their homes in the storm. The LCMS made an initial $100,000 available to the LCMS Nebraska District to help in the aftermath of the storm.