Experts are calling it a 1000-year flood event, where much of the
southeastern coast of the U.S. has now been declared a disaster zone.
In the past week, well over 20 inches of rain has fallen across South
Carolina alone. Rivers continue to rise. Thousands have been rescued
from cars and homes amid rushing waters. News reports include over 500
roads under water and at least 18 failed or collapsed dams. Southeastern
District disaster coordinators report LCMS congregations and schools
have suffered damage that will impact their ministry in and to local
As the skies clear and the full scale of this round of flooding is
laid bare, LCMS Disaster Response is working in partnership with the
Southeastern District and its congregations to coordinate and support a
measured, intentional and effective response for those most affected.
Here is a timeline and status of our Synod’s response:
Monday, Oct. 5: President Harrison and Rev. Ross
Johnson, director of LCMS Disaster Response in the Office of National
Mission, telephone Southeastern District President John Denninger to see
if immediate help from LCMS Disaster Response is needed.
Tuesday, Oct. 6: President Denninger asks LCMS
Disaster Response to join his team on the field to help assess and plan a
full-scale response, noting that they will be hampered by road closures
and communications outages.
Wednesday, Oct. 7: LCMS Disaster Response deploys
to the disaster zone to walk alongside Southeastern District leaders and
activates its standard process of staging assets for an effective
In the coming days and weeks: As damage assessments
are completed, our Synod will move to ensure disaster response teams
are prepared and equipped to move quickly and provide the best relief
and restoration for those seriously affected by the flooding.
Immediately and ongoing: Direct grant assistance is
being offered to those congregations and communities most affected.
Initial assistance is typically gift cards and funding for temporary
housing. Grant amounts are determined in light of Synod’s current
disaster-relief financial capacity and funds on-hand.
Long-term: As joint plans for a longer-term Synod
mercy effort are determined, based on the assessment and capacity of the
district and Synod, regular updates will be provided.
Online gifts of disaster relief funds can be given at www.lcms.org/give/disaster
and checks can be mailed to: The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, P.O.
Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861. Please specify “Disaster Response”* on the memo line or in an enclosed note. Questions about giving can be directed to LCMS Mission Advancement at 888-930-4438, or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayers and offerings will make a difference in the lives of those most affected.
The LCMS will provide updates on our response at LCMS.org, Reporter Online, and on LCMS Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
We know those affected have the sure and certain promise that our
heavenly Father will supply what is needed in this body and life.
Through King David, God reminds us in Psalm 18:16:
"He sent from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters."
We know God's provision and care will come through His people using
the gifts He has entrusted to us in order to provide rescue, relief and
restoration under the full measure of Christ's mercy. In the midst of
such tribulations, in Him alone we find supreme comfort and hope.
Disaster Response will utilize contributions given in the wake of this
event for a measured, deliberate and effective response effort in
partnership with the Southeastern District. In the event gifts from
God’s people exceed what the District and its congregations require in
an effective relief, recovery and restoration response, remaining
donated funds will be retained in a specific account restricted for the
exclusive use of LCMS Disaster Response in future relief and response
situations, including the training of local volunteer disaster
responders. Disaster gifts will NOT be re-directed to work or
expenditures unrelated to disaster response and relief work. For more
information, please contact LCMS Mission Advancement.
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