LCMS World Relief and Human Care Disaster Response has begun to evaluate and respond to the situation.
The LCMS response will include setting up an outdoor relief center at Fountain of Life in Ponce, Puerto Rico, with pastors and support personnel brought in to assist the on-site team in the relief effort.
As of Oct. 19, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s California-Nevada-Hawaii District reports several members have lost homes to California wildfires.
LCMS Disaster Response grants fund immediate provisions such as food, personal-care kits and water-filtration units for many affected.
The Synod awaits damage assessments from a Napa, Calif., church following the Aug. 24 earthquake. Among damages are the organ, which is now unusable.
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.”
Lutherans, including LCMS donors, have made it possible for the Synod’s small partner church in Chile to provide mercy to many people affected by one of the strongest earthquakes on record.