Disaster Response

International representatives spiritually prepare for disaster

The LCMS International Disaster Response Conference involves 170 pastors and lay leaders from five continents.

LCMS Disaster Response provides lifelines year-round

In addition to large grants to help after headline-making disasters, LCMS Disaster Response also provides smaller grants to assist congregations and individuals.

Photo gallery: St. Paul in Hamel, Ill., rededicates after fire

The Rev. Benjamin Ball leads a Divine Service of Rededication at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel, Ill., on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. It was the first time the congregation worshiped in the sanctuary since a fire damaged the building in November 2013. Photographs by Erik M. Lunsford, staff photojournalist in LCMS Communications.

LCMS responders ready to assist after 6.0 quake

The Synod awaits damage assessments from a Napa, Calif., church following the Aug. 24 earthquake. Among damages are the organ, which is now unusable.

Newlyweds share ‘terror’ of Ferguson riots; Synod responds with prayer, presence

Amid the racially charged protests in Ferguson, Mo., Lutherans are doing what they can to bring peace.

Contest starts for disaster-response hymn

Hymn-text entries should be suitable for use by congregations hit by disasters and for others remembering or empathizing with them.

Announcing: LCMS Disaster Response Hymn Contest

LCMS Disaster Response is seeking a hymn for the church in times of disaster. For more details please download the contest flyer.

LCMS OKs new grants to fight Ebola in Africa

The three grants totaling $51,175 will be used to help prevent new cases of the often-fatal virus in Guinea and Liberia.

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.

Nebraska church ‘gone’ after dual tornadoes

The June 16 tornadoes pummel Pilger, Neb., killing one person there, injuring more than two dozen, destroying 40-50 homes and crushing St. John Lutheran Church.

Double disasters open doors for Gospel in Chile

Faced with wildfires and an earthquake less than two weeks apart, the Confessional Lutheran Church of Chile is undeterred in responding to those who need help.

Lutherans share stories of survival amid tornadoes

A week after being baptized and confirmed, an LCMS family in Mayflower, Ark., rides out an EF4 tornado in a closet.

Violent storms affect LCMS members, pastor, churches

The violent storm system sweeping through the central, southern and eastern United States April 27-May 1 causes damages or destruction for LCMS members, a pastor and at least five congregations.

LCMS Disaster Response reaches out following storms in central, southern United States

LCMS Disaster Response is reaching out with mercy to help LCMS congregations in Arkansas and Mississippi as they help their members and neighbors affected by the April 27-28 tornadoes that killed at least 30 people and shattered dozens of homes and businesses across the central and southern United States.

Disaster Response ‘touches lives with Gospel of hope’

It may seem like devastating tragedies are never-ending, but there’s a light in the darkness: LCMS Disaster Response is there, “reaching out with caring and compassion in the name of Christ.”