LCC Disaster Response Serving in Selma, Alabama, to Help Families in Recovery Efforts from Multiple Catastrophic EF-3 Tornadoes
Helping Impacted Individuals and Families in Hardest-Hit Areas
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited by Concordia School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to comfort the students and teachers after the tragic deaths of their Kindergarten teacher’s aide Kari Lynn and her son Oscar who was in the first grade.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Anna & Claudia (Trinity - Toledo, Ohio), Dove (Peace - Fremont, Indiana), and Jared (Holy Cross - Fort Wayne, Indiana) and their teams immediately responded to this urgent call to be a gentle, loving and comforting presence during this difficult time.
Delonya is a single mom of two children of her own and a nephew whom she adopted. Her family of three children suddenly became a family of seven children. The year 2022 brought a lot of loss, sorrow, and adjustments for Damari Perry’s four surviving siblings and for Delonya and her three children.
Thank you to all who donated money, food, clothing, furniture, linens, household items, and school supplies for the family. Your donations, prayers, and acts of mercy, compassion presence and proclamation of Jesus helped this struggling family make it through the year.
Delonya shared that this was a hard year for everyone in the family. The children have been in counseling each week and have been adjusting well to all the trauma they have been through. All the children are doing well in school, and the after-school home life has become far less chaotic. Four months ago, she was able to move the family from the small 3-floor cramped apartment to a little more spacious 2nd-floor, 3-bedroom apartment. Once she is able to get legal custody of the four children, she will be able to move out to the suburbs, where she can have a house with a backyard.
Thank you for your prayers and your support as the family continues to heal from Demari's tragic passing.
Baby Melody was baptized into the family of Christ, surrounded by the supportive family of faith at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Sanford, Florida, which offers a spiritual home for the residents, young and old. Melody's aunt, uncle, and little cousin came for the celebration and enjoyed a joyful reception.
RLOM staffers were proud to attend the annual Rose Dinner Gala in Washington, DC to celebrate LCMS's dedication to and participation in the 50th annual March for Life. Our Synod's efforts through Life Ministry to speak up for life have blessed Redeeming Life through its Million Dollar Life Match grants and the continued support of Deaconess Dr. Tiffany Manning and her wonderful staff.
The LCMS Million Dollar Life Match Grant program has encouraged many churches to begin or amplify their support for RLOM and other beginning-of-life ministries. Committed churches and circuits have held everything from door offerings to dinners and craft fairs to campaigns with baby bottles, all to invest in God's gift of life.
Thank you for your constant support for Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries both in Sanford, Florida, and the soon-to-open Illinois Expansion Campus in Dundee, Illinois. Your gifts enable these precious lives of moms and their babies to be brought into the Kingdom of God.
Limited Access to Food, Warm Clothing, Electricity, and Heat!
100% of Your Donations Support Ukrainians in Need
Approximately 6.5 million people in Ukraine have been displaced and are facing freezing winter conditions after being forced to flee their homes. Many take shelter in damaged buildings and have limited access to food, electricity, and heat.
LCC received the following update from Pastor Sergey Bevz in Dnipro.
The mobile network also can not work for a long time without it. Therefore, now a very important help for people are candles, batteries, power banks, flashlights, generators, various types of stoves, warm clothes, and blankets. Without this, it is impossible to survive in the de-occupied places because, in most of them, there is no electricity.
Also, many people are asking for some building materials to help them close the holes in their damaged houses. Medicines, food, and other basic food items are also important. We still try to make a trip deep into the de-occupied areas once a week.
In recent months, the Lord has been blessing our church, and it is growing. We are also particularly humble before the Lord because we see a revival starting in the church. New people come to repentance. They confess their sins and faith in Jesus. There have been six converts in the last month. There are many people who come to confirmation classes.
Recently, our city was hit by a rocket attack. The rocket hit a nine-story building and caused severe damage. We were there bringing help. This is something terrible that shocked us all, although this is far from the first such incident in recent months.
Thank you for continuing to remember Ukraine and helping the victims. It helps many people to survive and endure during this time.
Pastor Sergei Bevz
Your Generosity Provides Computers for Children in Medinya Orphanage
Last week, Lynda Streich, LCC Interim President/CEO, presented a check with your donations to Archpriest Mykhailo Kuzma of the Ukrainian Church in Palatine, Illinois, to help purchase computers for the children in the Medinya orphanage.
Thanks to your generosity, the need has been met!
Your support is still needed and greatly appreciated as there are ongoing needs to support the children.
YOUR DONATIONS HELPED MORE THAN 10,000 FAMILIES
Your donations here in Ukraine have taken on a different form - food, basic necessities, medicines, clothing, certain critical needs, and so on. And even some bulletproof vests for our volunteers, who often bring help to dangerous places.
It is even difficult for us today to calculate more or less exactly the number of people who received help from your donations. In fact, we did not think that all this would last for so many months and that there would be so many victims and those in need of help. But according to rough estimates, this is more than 10,000 thousand families (in most cases, we provide assistance per family, based on 4-5 people) only through our Church in the city of Dnipro.
These were refugees who sought asylum in our city (today, there are about 400,000 refugees in our city). Also, these were people who remained in their cities and villages. Many of them survived the occupation. These were Donetsk, Kharkov, and Kherson regions. We have taken aid to many places in these areas.
It is difficult to convey in words or even photographs what can be seen in those places where there were battles and occupation. War is worse than words or photos can convey. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans (5:20), said an amazing thought - when sin increases, grace abounds even more.
We did not think that we would see confirmation of these words in this way. But we saw it during the war. When on the one hand, some people became a source of violence, destruction, death, pain, and tragedy. But other people have become a source of help, conductors of compassion, mercy, and God's grace.
We wish you blessed days when we all celebrate Christmas and New Year. We wish you and all of us peace around us, peace within us, and peace with our God through our Savior Jesus Christ.
Pastor Sergey Bevz
City of Dnipro, Ukraine
Christmas Eve Service Without Power
The congregation in Mikaloev, pastored by Oleksiy Navrotskyy, experienced a jam-packed house for its Christmas Eve worship. One of the ministries in the Odessa congregation is outreach to the disabled. Their Christmas Eve service for them had to be conducted without any power. Pastor Oleg Schewtschenko reports: "The Star of Bethlehem brought wise men to Jesus. We had no electricity, but the light of the Gospel once again brought children and parents in Odessa to their Saviour!"
You Are Making Miracles for the Little Ones in Ukraine!
Happy New Year!
Let me start off by thanking all of you on behalf of the orphanage in the village of Medinya for a wonderful Christmas! The orphanage is in the Ivano-Frankivsk region which is cared for by the Church of St. Nicholas. Each child at the orphanage awoke to an amazing Christmas surprise: new warm clothes for exercising and lots of new sports gear!
In November 2022, we sent 30 computers to a different orphanage in the Ivano Frankivsk region, Serdechko. Thanks to these computers, the children can keep studying. Despite the sounds of war all around them, they grow braver every day, knowing that they can continue to study and learn. Thanks to God’s grace, they are able to keep looking toward the future with hope and faith.
We’re reaching out again so that we can provide the Medinya orphanage with the same opportunity. We plan to send 30 computers to the Medinya orphans so that they can keep moving forward in their studies. Your support is greatly appreciated. You have shown great kindness in treating the orphans just as you would the newborn king. Thank you for extending this kindness to the children of Ukraine.
The Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church in Palatine
LCC Disaster Response Deploys on Sunday to Selma, Alabama, to Help in Recovery Efforts from Multiple Catastrophic Ef-3 Tornadoes
Working with LCMS Disaster Response & LCMS Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator to Help Impacted Individuals and Families in Hardest-Hit Areas
Nine lives lost in Alabama and Georgia
"For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.” (Isaiah 49:13)
Lutheran Church Charities Disaster Response has been invited by Rev. Ross Johnson, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Director of Disaster Response, and Rev. Ed Brashier, LCMS Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator, to provide chainsaw assistance with the lift and heavy equipment, and assist residents in sorting and salvaging belongings in the lower income, hard-hit neighborhoods of Selma, Alabama. Kathy O’Day, Director of Disaster Response and LCC Lutheran Early Response Team (L.E.R.T.) staff and volunteer teams will be serving homeowners through Pastor Steve Washington at Trinity Lutheran Church in Selma, Alabama, from Sunday, January 22, to at least Saturday, February 4.
LCC never goes where we are not invited.
We NEVER charge those we serve!
LCC works in coordination with LCMS Disaster Response national and local districts of the LCMS.
A single man stopped in to get food at the soup kitchen and noticed there were some electrical problems at the church. After receiving the meal, the man thanked Pastor Cesar. He also asked if he could have a look at the electrical problem since his trade is as an electrician. He was able to fix the electrical problem quickly that day. He also showed Pastor Cesar how to prevent the electrical problem in the future. Pastor Cesar has not seen the man since.
Your faithful donations make it possible for St. Matthew to serve those in need in their community.
A horrific fire occurred Saturday morning in Fremont, Indiana, taking the lives of a mother, Rebecca, 37, and her three young children, Emmitt, age 5, Eleanor, age 4, and Alaura, age 2.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Dove (Peace - Fremont, Indiana) and her team of handlers and ministry partners live in this small community. They have established many caring relationships within the Fremont community, including the schools and local fire department. The schools and fire department needed the comfort, love, and support of Dove and her team after this tragic loss of ones so young. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Anna (Trinity - Toledo, Ohio), Caleb (Immanuel - Valparaiso, Indiana), Claudia (Trinity - Toledo, Ohio), and Jael (Trinity - Hobart, Indiana) traveled to Fremont, to support Dove and her team on those visits.
We pray for the family of this younger mother and her three children as their hearts are broken and in shock. We also pray for God’s love, support, and peace for the first responders who took this call. What they saw is forever etched in their minds and hearts. We pray for the community to be wrapped in God’s loving and comforting arms.
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