The Restoration of Hope

The Restoration of Hope

The world is experiencing one of the highest concentration of disasters in recent times. Various populations confront extreme child malnutrition, even starvation. More people are displaced now than ever before.  Many communities face weeks, if not months of waiting for weather to calm and repairs to begin.

Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters, in the United States and around the world. When the cameras leave, and the world turns its head, Lutheran Disaster Response stays behind to make sure that “the least of these” are provided a chance find their “new normal.”
130 Million people across the globe are living in crisis due to conflict, earthquakes, severe storms, flooding, and drought. As Church, we have relationships that give us access to even the most unseen disasters. Currently, through partners and companion churches, we are responding to natural disasters and humanitarian crises in 14 states and 24 countries. Our most recent responses have been the drought in Africa that has left millions hungry and malnourished and the Lake County fire in California and the flooding in West Virginia and Louisiana/Gulf Coast that have damaged and even destroyed the homes of thousands.
The church’s support of Lutheran Disaster Response makes our accompaniment of survivors possible and touches lives in ways more profound then we can know.  Many disaster survivors have said the material assistance has been critical to their recovery, but even more profound is something money cannot buy – the restoration of hope.
Sharei A. Green
Program Communicator
Lutheran Disaster Response
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