One of the things I value most about being a Lutheran is our commitment to service and to caring for others in their time of need. As a denomination, we support agencies like Lutheran Disaster Response (www.ldr.org) so that aid is not only given in times of need, but sustained until lives are made whole again.
In 2010 just a week after Amy and I made the decision to move to Nashville, a “thousand year flood” hit the city as 19″ of rain fell in certain areas over a two day period. The Cumberland River flooded much of the downtown area with the river cresting at 52-feet. Yet, before the water had receded, Lutheran Disaster Response was there. For years they remained-keeping trailers and supplies with area congregations to help in the rebuilding efforts and to make sure that those in need were not forgotten. It was a witness I will never forget!
At the end of June and now into early July the state of West Virginia has experienced the worst flooding it’s seen in more than a hundred years. At least 23 people have died, with more still missing and unaccounted for. 1200 homes have been damaged or destroyed and thousands more remain without power. Without a doubt, it remains a long road ahead for the people of West Virginia. While the Federal government has declared the state a disaster area, work and support will need to continue for years to come. This is where we come in-here at Christ the King we can encourage the good work of Lutheran Disaster Response in three ways:
Pray – Pray for those affected by the flooding and those who are working to bring them aid.
Support – Our mission dollars support the work of LDR, but additional gifts are always welcome. Find out how to support the West Virginia Flooding relief efforts by following the link or through Sunday’s bulletin insert.
Learn – To learn more about what Lutheran Disaster Response is doing: