Sisters and brothers in Christ,
The rain may have stopped, but the catastrophic damage from record rainfall in the Carolinas is just being realized. Rivers have yet to crest and unprecedented scenes scatter the state. The flooding has led to the deaths of more than a dozen people, tens of thousands are without power, major highways have been compromised, and homes have been destroyed.
Bishop Herman Yoos of the ELCA South Carolina Synod says, “We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for the people of South Carolina in the midst of severe flooding. It is the worst storm since records have been kept in this state.”
Lutheran Disaster Response will work to bring God’s hope, healing and renewal to those who have been affected by the floodwaters. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. Together, we stand with synods, congregations, pastors and Lutheran-affiliated social ministries to help serve those most affected.
Gifts designated for “U.S. Flooding” will be used in full – 100 percent – to help disaster survivors recover and rebuild their lives. Your generous offerings of prayer and financial support will help address the unmet needs of those affected in the Carolinas and other areas on the long road to recovery.
Please join me in praying for all who are affected by the floodwaters. Use this bulletin insert in your congregation to help support those devastated by the flooding.
In service,The Rev. Daniel Rift
Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America