Disaster Response

No LCMS congregations damaged by Oklahoma tornadoes

No LCMS congregations were damaged by four tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma Sunday, May 19.

Missouri Synod issues new $70,000 grant for ongoing Superstorm Sandy relief

ST. LOUIS, May 16, 2013—As recovery efforts continue on the East Coast following the ravages of Superstorm Sandy last fall, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is issuing a new $70,000 grant to help 32 local families repair or renovate their storm-damaged homes.

LCMS congregation, ministries bring relief after West, Texas, explosion

The Synod joins other Lutheran ministries in bringing hope and relief to LCMS Lutherans and others in West, Texas, after the massive April 17 explosion that caused death and destruction there.

Three joining Synod staff

The Rev. Steve Schave, Deaconess Kim Schave and the Rev. Michael Meyer accept posts with the LCMS national offices.

LCMS Disaster Response on the scene in West, Texas

LCMS Disaster Response on the scene in West, Texas, bearing mercy in our life together. The Rev. John Fale, associate executive director of the LCMS’ Mercy Operations Group, talks with Michele Marak Scott, principal of West Elementary School, about the needs in West, Texas, in the aftermath of the devastating fertilizer plant explosion.

Congregations, Disaster Response help flood victims in Illinois

As assessments continue, at least four LCMS families are among those who have reported flood damage to their Illinois homes.

New video: ‘From Horror to Hope: Haiti 2013’

The video, “From Horror to Hope: Haiti 2013,” chronicles the relief and recovery efforts of the LCMS with partners in Haiti.

LCMS resources for the fourth Sunday of Easter in light of the Boston Marathon bombing

Resources for Sunday of Easter 4 in Light of the Boston Marathon Bombing

LCMS disaster response assesses needs in Boston

Following the Monday, April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon attacks, the LCMS is fully prepared to do one of the things she does best: show mercy to those who are suffering.

LCMS President Offers Words of Comfort on Boston Tragedy

LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison offers words of comfort following the tragedy in Boston: “Like the death of our Lord Christ Himself, we pray that, even in this dark hour, the sacrifice and pain of those affected will not be in vain, but redound in good as yet unseen.”

New video spotlights ‘From Horror to Hope’ in Haiti

A new video, “From Horror to Hope: Haiti 2013,” highlights how the Synod’s body-and-soul response to the 2010 earthquake there continues to make a difference to Haitians.

Physical, spiritual outreach continues to Sandy survivors

By Kim Plummer Krull Nearly three months after Superstorm Sandy, eight elderly, single women struggling to resume their lives along the hard-hit New Jersey Shore were among those offered a helping hand with debris and tree removal by Shepherd’s Heart…

LCMS reaches out to Hattiesburg congregation, community after tornado

By Sarah Schafer The LCMS began reaching out Monday, Feb. 11, to LCMS families and the Hattiesburg, Miss., community after a tornado struck the city Sunday, Feb. 10. The storm caused major damage. According to early reports, it injured as…

Vacation Bible school program to benefit Missouri Synod disaster response

ST. LOUIS, January 23, 2013—Mission offerings collected through the new Concordia Publishing House (CPH) vacation Bible school (VBS) program for 2013, “Tell It on the Mountain – Where Jesus Christ is Lord,” will benefit a special fund of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) that aims to help those suffering from a disaster.

Christmas outreach to superstorm survivors continues into new year

By Kim Plummer Krull While Congress and insurance companies continued to crunch numbers concerning Superstorm Sandy financial assistance, congregations in the LCMS Atlantic and New Jersey Districts made Christmas a bit happier for families who lost their homes and for those…

God 'works through dogs' to comfort returning Sandy Hook students

By Kim Plummer Krull Will Luther, Moses and Isaiah be at school, too? Callers didn’t necessarily ask about the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs by their individual names, but that’s who they meant when they contacted Sandy Hook Elementary School as classes prepared…