World Relief and Human Care

Photo gallery: Responding to Hurricane Irma in Florida

LCMS World Relief and Human Care is working with the LCMS Florida-Georgia District to bring relief and the hope of the Gospel to Hurricane Irma victims.

‘Texas Strong’: Service to neighbor

Amid loss and devastation, the people of Texas serve each other as LCMS congregations like Trinity Klein lead the way.

Commentary: Hurricane Harvey, prayers and God in action

In the middle of one of the worst natural disasters in history, “we have seen honor in action, love in action and service in action through governments, agencies, churches, families and individuals. But we’ve also seen God in action,” writes Greg Seltz.

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.”

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 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.

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.

Video: Prayers, training and generosity help share mercy after 2017 Midwest floods

LCMS Disaster Response continues to provide spiritual and human care after severe flooding in the St. Louis area damaged several homes and businesses in late April and early May.

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.

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.

Video: The LCMS at the 2017 March for Life

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) members were among the hundreds of thousands of participants in the 2017 March for Life on Jan. 27 in Washington, D.C.

Hurricane Matthew Update

Curious about what Lutherans have been doing in the Carolinas since Hurricane Matthew? Look no further.

Visits help disaster responders plan further aid for Hurricane Matthew victims

Synod disaster responders visit victims to assess the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew amid flooding in the Carolinas and an outbreak of cholera in Haiti.