|U.S. Severe Spring Storms E-Alert|
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
An outbreak of severe spring storms has wreaked havoc across the southern United States. ELCA Disaster Response is already at work with local Lutheran congregations and the Southeastern Synod staff to assess what is needed. Only one ELCA congregation is reported to have severe damage from a tornado. Please keep in your prayers Pastor Sandy Niiler and the people of Christ Lutheran in Cullman, Alabama.
This is one of several severe storms this spring. Communities across the Midwest have been fighting back flood waters. A dam in southeastern Missouri was overwhelmed earlier this week, flooding more than 100 homes. In recent weeks, tornadoes were responsible for widespread damage in Missouri and the Carolinas.
The ELCA stands ready to respond in all areas affected. Our congregations are experts at serving in their communities—when and where it is needed most. Our first and best response to all disasters is prayer. Please pray for all those affected by these terrible storms.
Contributions can be made to ELCA Disaster Response designated for "U.S. Severe Storms." All designated gifts will be used entirely (100 percent) in response to these disasters. These gifts will help families whose lives and livelihoods have been disrupted by these natural disasters. Thank you for your gifts and prayers!
The Rev. Daniel Rift
Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal