Disaster Response

Lutheran Early Response Team unveils new website

The website will better facilitate the work of LCMS Disaster Response at both the local and national level.

‘Sharing’ newsletter – July 2021

The July 2021 issue highlights how Lutherans are bearing the burdens of fellow believers around the world to encourage them in the work that God has given them to do.

LCMS mission boards hold first in-person meetings in more than a year

The Board for International Mission met May 27–28, and the Board for National Mission met June 10–11. 

‘Sharing’ newsletter – May 2021

Thanks to generous donors like you, the LCMS is able to share Christ’s mercy and message with people all around the world, including the developmentally disabled, those in crisis and those suffering from the travails of our sinful condition.

Pandemics don’t stop disasters — or the church’s response

Natural disasters continued to strike even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And LCMS Disaster Response continued to respond with mercy, aid and the message of hope found in Christ.

‘Sharing’ newsletter – March 2021

Jesus Christ is our perfect example of love, and Lutherans show that love to others through their words and deeds.

‘Sharing’ newsletter – January 2021

Christ commands His followers to serve others. In the LCMS World Relief and Human Care newsletter, read about how the church continues to do this while obeying COVID-19 restrictions.

Photo essay: A photographer’s look back at 2020

LCMS Managing Photojournalist Erik M. Lunsford shares some of 2020’s definitive moments.

‘Take Heart’ retreats uplift, refresh pastors during COVID-19

The LCMS Office of National Mission is partnering with DOXOLOGY on a series of retreats to help pastors and the souls in their care rest in the Gospel.

Photo essay: Hurricane Sally: A sprint becomes a marathon

The initial assessment of Hurricane Sally’s damage revealed that 19 congregations in Alabama and Florida were affected. The storm impacted the entire community, including schools, the district camp and members’ homes.

‘Sharing’ newsletter – November 2020

The LCMS World Relief and Human Care newsletter gives a glimpse of how your brothers and sisters in Christ are caring for others at home and abroad.

Photo essay: Responding to Hurricane Laura in Louisiana

St. John Lutheran Church in Lake Charles sustained significant damage, including to its sanctuary, which had two opposing walls completely blown out, destroying the stained glass and ruining most of the building’s contents.

Hurricane Sally response and recovery: A sprint becomes a marathon

Hurricane Sally made landfall on Sept. 16 as the second major storm to hit the LCMS Southern District in a matter of weeks.

Hurricane Sally brings further destruction to southern LCMS districts

Just weeks after Hurricane Laura hit the coast of Louisiana, Category 2 Hurricane Sally made landfall in Alabama, damaging LCMS churches and members’ homes.

Upcoming retreats offer pastors respite from pandemic

The LCMS Office of National Mission has partnered with DOXOLOGY on the retreats, which are planned for Sept. 28–30 in Bel Aire, Kan., and Oct. 5–7 in Donaldson, Ind.

Hurricane Laura to require long-term, collaborative response

The Category 4 storm made landfall near Cameron, La., on Aug. 27.