Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. - Isaiah 40:1
CLICK HERE to watch video of the devastation that I saw and what those people impacted are saying.
LCC began providing financial assistance to our pastors in the affected areas and will continue to do so to allow them to help impacted individuals and families.
This all seems like BAD NEWS.
THE GOOD NEWS
God works in the midst of disaster! God brings Hope in Chaos!
The pastors at our churches are wonderful, spirit-filled, outreach-minded people! Their members are determined to come through this stronger! All are committed to working with others to bring the Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ to all who are in need!
Yes, in the midst of disaster, GOD DOES WORK – AND WORKS THROUGH HIS PEOPLE! So this is where YOU come in.
FIRST - PRAY
Please pray for all the people affected by Hurricane Michael and for all the Disaster Response teams who are and will be going in to volunteer to help.
SECOND - SUPPORT
Consider helping those affected by the disaster.
CLICK HERE to donate to the Hurricane Michael Relief Collections Fund to purchase items like tarps, small grills and charcoal (with no electricity that is what they are cooking on), toiletry items, Gatorade, paper products, hand sanitizer, etc.
CLICK HERE for the general Hurricane Michael Disaster Relief Fund to be used in helping families financially who are suffering from the after effects of Hurricane Michael.
THIRD – HURRICANE MICHAEL RELIEF COLLECTIONS (Northern Illinois District only)
For those in the Northern Illinois District who want to donate items which will be delivered to Trinity Lutheran Church in Panama City, Florida, CLICK HERE for a list of items and drop off locations. Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine, Illinois has donated the use of a semi-trailer truck to deliver the donations.
FOURTH - VOLUNTEER
Chainsaw teams and draggers are needed now.
CLICK HERE to volunteer if you are a LCC LERT team member. For the next several weeks, they are only taking volunteers who are self-contained (have RV’s, camping equipment, or places to stay, own food and a way to prepare it, own shower capability) until a camp is set up at Trinity Lutheran Church in Panama City. If you can go after that, please also register and indicate when you can go down. We anticipate we will be working in the area over the next 2-3 months.
CLICK HERE to read the most recent update from the Southern District LCMS Disaster Response. This letter includes information for others who are interested in volunteering.
Working Together, Serving Christ, so we can serve others IN HIS NAME!
Peace in Jesus Christ,
Lutheran Church Charities
There are five Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) churches located in the panhandle that were hit by Hurricane Michael; 3 have been totally destroyed and the other 2 have sustained considerable damage. Pastor Robert Lydick from Redemption Lutheran in Panama City shares that the damage to the church is so great that it is a total loss. Tim talks to Pastor Randal Ehrichs from Good Shepherd in Callaway about the devastation in their community.
CLICK HERE to watch testimony from Pastor Ehrichs.
LCC has given financial assistance to all three pastors to help them, their members and the community who have the greatest need. The damage sustained in Mexico City, Florida, community is unimaginable - devastation as far as you can see.
Currently, the greatest need is financial assistance to help families with the very basic need of food and lodging.
As needs continue to be assessed, we will be sending a special update later this week on how you can help this devastated and hurting community!
LCC LERT teams have been asked by the LCMS to be on standby to deploy to provide chainsaw and debris removal assistance.
Please pray for the churches, individuals, and families affected by Hurricane Michael, as well as all first responders and volunteers who tirelessly help during this long-term recovery effort. Your generous donations will help us to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.