Dear Friends in Christ,
I am sure that you have read and heard about the devastating tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri. As the ELCA, we continue to deal with the disasters in the southeast from other tornadoes and flooding of the Mississippi River. The need for financial assistance in recovery and support of those who have lost their homes and livelihoods is great. We are also involved as a church in recovery and rebuilding efforts in Japan and other countries where disaster has struck.
Please read over the message from our ELCA Disaster Response below and respond as you are able and led by the Spirit. The joy of being Church together is that we try to be there for one another and our communities in such times as these.
In Christ and His Love,
+Bishop Ed Benoway
Edward R. Benoway, Bishop
Florida-Bahamas Synod, ELCA
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
An outbreak of tornadoes tore across the Midwest this weekend, leaving a path of destruction from Texas to Minnesota. Especially hard-hit is Joplin, Mo., where a powerful tornado leveled parts of the community, killing at least 89 people. Residents say the city is completely unrecognizable.
The building that housed an ELCA congregation has been destroyed, according to its pastor. Please keep the Rev. Bill Pape and the people of Peace Lutheran Church in Joplin in your prayers.
This outbreak is one of several destructive storms this spring. Communities throughout the Midwest and South have also faced widespread damage due to floods and severe storms.
ELCA Disaster Response is already assessing the situation in Joplin and other areas affected by severe storms and flooding. Your gifts are needed to help provide for the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by these disasters.
All of your gifts-100 percent-designated for "U.S. Severe Storms" will be used for emergency and long-term assistance following these storms. Please give generously and continue to pray for those whose lives have been uprooted by this disaster.
The Rev. Daniel Rift
Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal
Ways to Give
Check or money orders sent to:
ELCA Disaster Response
39330 Treasury Center
Chicago, IL 60694-9300
Write "U.S. Severe Storms" on your check's memo line.
Give by phone at 800-638-3522 or online at www.elca.org/springstorms