Lutheran Church Charities Disaster Response Continues to Respond to Hurricane Laura and 15 Tornadoes in Northern Illinois from August 10th
(Over 30 Plus Different Geographic Locations)
Helping with Property RECOVERY,
but MOST OF ALL Lives!
Working with LCMS Districts & Churches to Assist Impacted Individuals and Families
Affected by Hurricane Laura and Northern Illinois & Iowa Derecho
“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God." (Isaiah 40:1)
Hurricane Laura has wreaked havoc causing widespread devastation in the United States and Haiti. This Category 4 storm, already stated as one of the top five storms to ever hit the Gulf Coast, made landfall early Thursday morning with 156 mph winds. Still active, its destructive path is headed further inland. Hurricane Laura brought multiple warnings as being unsurvivable, causing extensive evacuations and people scrambling for safer grounds in an already pandemic-affected year.
Your Donations Are Needed to Help Those Impacted and Save Lives
Tim Hetzner, LCC President/CEO and Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, have been monitoring the storm and are in close contact with Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) District Presidents and Disaster Response Coordinators as well as our Mission Partners in Haiti.
Mid-South District President Rev. Dr. Roger Paavola stated he is closely watching the storm’s path through his district. So far they are experiencing wind damage and flash flooding. Pastor Ed Brashier, Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator will begin assessments in Lake Charles, Louisiana and surrounding areas as soon as it is safe to do so. Both intend to keep LCC posted on the effects of Hurricane Laura on their respective Districts and how LCC can assist with recovery efforts.
HURRICANE LAURA - United States
Hurricane Laura has also caused storm surges along the Gulf Coast, flash flooding, multiple tornadoes, and widespread power outages which will continue for many days or even weeks. Already on the move inland, its path crosses Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Tennessee with the following cities getting hit the hardest, including:
Louisiana: Lake Charles, Shreveport, Alexandria, Cameron, Monroe, Holly Beach
Arkansas: Texarkana, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Bastrop
Texas: Orange, Port Arthur
Tennessee: Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville
As soon as it’s safe for our LCMS contacts to assess the damage and connect with the local LCMS churches, we will partner with them to assist those most impacted by Hurricane Laura.
Please pray for the safety of those in the path of Hurricane Laura. If you are so moved, please donate generously to help LCC support the recovery efforts in the hardest hit communities.
HURRICANE LAURA - Haiti
Already being hit hard by the pandemic, Haitians are now fleeing impacted areas through knee and waist-deep muddy water, carrying what little they had in search of dry land. It’s some of the worst flooding the Haitian capital has seen in years.
The combination of wind, driving rain and runoff from the mountains rushing to the sea, damaged and destroyed homes, ruining some possessions and washing many belongs away.
Lutheran Church Charities has been in contact with our Haiti Mission Partners to determine the immediate needs. Funds are needed to provide emergency food, bottled water, tarps and supplies to patch roofs and walls.
Please pray for LCC Haiti Mission partners and the Haitians as they recover from yet another disaster. If you are so moved, please donate generously to help LCC support the recovery efforts in Haiti.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS – DERECHO
On Monday, August 10, northern Illinois experienced a rare derecho with sustained winds of 60 – 90 mph and 15 confirmed tornados, causing widespread property damage throughout many northern Illinois cities.
Approximately 75 LCC L.E.R.T. chainsaw certified volunteers and heavy equipment operators from 24 different LCMS churches have willingly completed work at 36 homes and will be working this weekend at two other locations.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – DERECHO
This same derecho barreled through Cedar Rapids, Iowa before hitting Illinois with 100 mph winds causing major destruction to homes, businesses, farms and crops. Lutheran Church Charities Disaster Response is making plans to deploy and assist the Iowa District as soon as work is completed in northern Illinois.
Lutheran Church Charities Disaster Response stands ready to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
LCC never goes where we are not invited. We NEVER charge those we serve!
Please join LCC in praying for all those impacted by recent hurricane and derecho storms in the United States and Haiti, and for all of the first responders, volunteers, and our mission partners who serve them. Thank you for your generous support!
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34:18)
Your prayers, support, and involvement help Make A Difference – in the name of Jesus to those in need.
Serving Together, Serving Others in Need, as We Serve Jesus!
Lutheran Church Charities
LCC works in coordination with LCMS Disaster Response national and local districts of the LCMS.