A Message from the ELCA Disaster Response
by Kathye Hamm
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.”
Last year, the 2017 hurricane season resulted in 17 named storms that caused widespread destruction across the Atlantic region. Five of these hurricanes impacted the U.S. mainland and/or territories. Now, one year later, Lutheran Disaster Response is still responding, accompanying impacted communities through emotional and spiritual care, repair and rebuild programs, and more.
Millions of people across the globe are living in crisis due to conflict, earthquakes, fires, flooding, and drought. As Church, we have relationships that give us access to even the most low-attention disasters. Currently, Lutheran Disaster Response is responding to disasters in 11 states/territories and 16 countries, the wildfires in California from this year and last.
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.
Lutheran Disaster Response Pages
May 14, 2019