Working with LCMS Disaster Response, Districts & Churches to Help Impacted Individuals and Families with Recovery Efforts
Ida, a Category 4 hurricane, produced winds up to 150 mph, 10 tornados, and historic flash flooding as it moved inland across eight states at the beginning of the month. FEMA is currently reporting 111 deaths attributed to this deadly hurricane. Some residents and businesses are still without power in multiple states, which may take another week to restore. Thousands of people have lost their homes, belongings, security, and hope.
LCC L.E.R.T. disaster response teams are assisting the LCMS Southern District, working with Pastor Ed Brashier, Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator through Atonement Lutheran Church in Metairie and the Southern District Office in Slidell, Louisiana.
LCC chainsaw L.E.R.T. volunteers, Tony Buchberger, Derek Kowalczyk, and Joel Powless spent this past week serving in Slidell, Hammond, Metairie, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a team from Texas. They describe extensive home and tree damage in each community they were in.
They met several homeowners who told them although there is much more work to be done at their homes, they were grateful for help with tree removal and getting them started moving forward in their recovery. It gave them hope and an opportunity to see how the church serves those in need. Another LCC L.E.R.T. chainsaw team with equipment will be deploying next week to serve in these hard-hit communities.
Pastor Ed is continuing to assess the damage and now welcoming and receiving L.E.R.T. volunteers from around the country to provide chainsaw assistance. More importantly, he and volunteer L.E.R.T. teams are offering the hope of Jesus Christ in the hard-hit communities of Metairie, Slidell, Lacombe, Houma, Baton Rouge, and other cities.
Please continue to pray for all of those affected by Hurricane Ida and the first responders, public works, volunteers, and LCMS and LCC Disaster Response teams who serve them. If you are so moved, please donate generously to help LCC support the recovery efforts in Louisiana.
Lutheran Church Charities Disaster Response is ready to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
The LCC Disaster Response Ministry never charges those we serve. Please donate to the LCC Disaster Response General Fund or Equipment Maintenance & Fuel Expense Fund so that we may continue to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.