LCC Disaster Response Staff and Volunteers Deploying to Wisconsin Early Friday Working in Two Separate Areas
Storm Recovery to EF1 Tornado in Cascade Severe Flooding in Coon Valley
"For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." Isaiah 41:13
Kathy O'Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, will arrive in Cascade early Friday morning, August 31, to continue damage assessment and begin scheduling the disaster relief efforts. LCC LERT Chainsaw teams will also deploy early Friday and will begin clean-up efforts early afternoon, including tree removal damage from St. Paul's property, including the church cemetery where trees fell on a veteran's tombstone. The impacts are so great that many trees were either split in half or completely uprooted. Additional storms are predicted throughout the weekend so urgent clean-up efforts are needed. Flooding continues from the storms. Pump outs and muck and gut relief efforts will begin in this area once storms have stopped and additional damage assessments made.
Pastor Jonah Burakowski will be coordinating LERT teams this Saturday through Monday to do muck outs in the hard hit area of Coon Valley, Wisconsin. Some homes here have been swept off their foundations and others have had several feet of water in them. These teams will be working out of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Onalaska, Wisconsin. Pastor also reported that many towns along the rivers are completely underwater and inaccessible with river levels still rising and more rain predicted this weekend.
Please help LCC share the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need. Your donations will directly assist churches, individuals and families affected by the recent storms.
Thank you for all of your support in touching lives with the Presence of Jesus Christ - our only hope!
Peace in Jesus Christ,
Currently, the Wisconsin National Guard are sandbagging and doing water rescues for families surrounded by the floods. Approximately 200 families have already been displaced in Madison/Monona. On Tuesday, 1,200 homes were evacuated in the Isthmus area as flood levels continue to rapidly rise.
Please help LCC share the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need. Your donations are greatly needed to help individuals and families affected by the flood.
Following both services, a meet and greet was held in the church’s gym. The best way to describe the feeling in the room was pure excitement. Facebook friends in the area came to meet Triton Comfort Dog and the other LCC K-9 Ministry Dogs. Children and families formed lines leading to each dog. Over and over again, we heard “We are so thankful Triton is finally here. Thank you for coming!”
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs present to help welcome LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Triton and his team: Phoebe and Pax (St. Paul – Ft. Worth, Texas), Rufus (St. Mark’s – Edmond, Oklahoma), Elijah (Our Redeemer – Wichita Falls, Texas), Abner and Martha (Bethany – Austin), Damaris (Memorial – Katy, Texas) Gabriel (Messiah – Houston, Texas), and Joy (Gloria Dei – Houston, Texas).
10 Children Still Need Sponsors
School starts Monday September 3rd. We still need funding for 10 children. Please consider a gift to provide a Christian education for a child in Haiti
In 2012, LCC President/CEO Tim Hetzner spent a night in a tent city in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with a family of 7 children. Not one of the children had been in school because of their family's living situation and finances. After an LCC appeal, generous donors stepped forward to sponsor these and other children living in the tent city so that they could attend Christian schools. Six years later, the tent city is still there and LCC is still raising support for the children so that they can continue their education. Please consider sponsoring a child's education for the upcoming school year. Christ working through you to "defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy" (Psalm 72:4).
Public and private education in Haiti costs money - there is NO free education. Our Lutheran schools also charge but are less expensive than the public schools. For $40 a month, a child can go to school, receive a daily meal and a uniform. $400 for a school year! Please consider sponsoring a child that they may have hope for their future and learn the wonders of the Lord! "Tell to the children the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done." (Psalm 78:4)
LCC K-9 Ministry comforts students and faculty returning to classe