Flooding in West Virginia
At this time thousands of people in West Virginia are still dealing with devastating flood waters and loss of power. Authorities continue to go door to door in search of people still unaccounted for. Please pray for the people affected by the rising waters. It is still early for the Ohio District to have information on recovery efforts. Check their website and Facebook for future updates.
The Tragic Shootings in Orlando, Florida
We continue to remember the city of Orlando and the people whose lives were injured or lost in the shootings in Orlando on Sunday, June 12. This action caused by one whose heart was filled with hate is so tragic. Let us turn our hearts to God who is able to bring comfort in the midst of this pain and suffering. Let us pray to him for mercy on all who are grieving the deaths of loved ones and for complete healing upon those who were injured.
We pray for strength for those who are providing counseling and support during this time, especially the Florida-Georgia District, Trinity Lutheran Downtown, Rev. Billy Brath from Trinity, and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs who have been sent to serve.
Flood Recovery in Houston, Texas
The real work of recovery begins as people realize the depth of the flooding disaster. The Texas District, LCMS reports that damage was sustained in church buildings, homes of members and workers, and vehicles were destroyed. In several areas of flooding, homes were not covered by flood insurance because the areas were deemed not to be at risk for flooding.
Prayers are needed as are funds to assist with the recovery effort. You can learn more about this tragedy at http://txlcms.org/recovery-from-houston-floods-continues/. If you wish to contribute to flooding relief, the Texas District has a special site for you to make a contribution: http://txlcms.org/donate/
Work Ongoing in Columbia SC
Last October, parts of Columbia, SC received over 18 inches of rain in just 96 hours. Rivers and creeks rose and several dams burst. Many homes within 5 miles of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church were completely under water and many people were displaced as the ensuing damages seemed insurmountable. Pastor Christopher Burger recognized the need to help our neighbors. Thanks to a grant from the LCMS, Carmen Yuris was hired part time for one year to coordinate relief and rebuilding efforts.
Throughout this summer, work groups have scheduled servant events to tackle projects that yet remain from the flooding. Pictures are from Valparaiso University group of workers who assisted with mold remediation and dry wall work.
Are You Ready to Be Neighbor?
While we hope that waters, wind, storm, and other disasters never come our way, are you prepared and do you stand ready to be a neighbor in times of crisis? Disaster preparedness involves the congregation and school being ready with action plans, contact and first responder numbers, as well as a plan to check in with members. It also includes the very important step of how the congregation may serve the larger community. Perhaps with cooling stations or charging stations at the church, perhaps as an emergency overnight shelter. Some of our congregations have early response trailers are prepared to serve by sending teams to cut trees, muck out homes, or assist with damage assessments. Resources are available to assist congregations in assessing their readiness for response in times of disaster. To learn more, contact Deaconess Liz DeMik or check out the website.
Servant Events in the SED
As summer days approach, throughout the SED five servant events will be taking place. Remember them in prayer as these opportunities become real ways to reach real people with real needs.
Better Homes for Appalachia – Oakland Maryland (July 2 – 9)
Bringing Hope to the High Country – Camp Linn Haven NC (June 5 -11)
Bringing Hope to the High Country -Camp Linn Haven NC (June 26-July 2)
Bringing Hope to the High Country -Camp Linn Haven NC (July 24 – 30)
Western North Carolina, Emmanuel Asheville NC ( July 9 – 20)