Advocate for the communities affected by Harvey, Irma, and Maria
“Loving God, we come
to you trusting in your mercy and knowing that your steadfast love endures
forever. Look with mercy on those who are harmed or displaced by flood waters.
Give them your strength to meet the days ahead, your peace which passes all understanding
and new hope in the resurrection. Move in those who are able to give aid, that
we may be your hands and heart on earth.”
Kay Braun, adapted)
Following natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and
Maria, key lawmakers in Congress are now calling for an immediate disaster aid bill
to help communities rebuild. Legislators hope to provide recently-hit regions
like Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands with immediate recovery assistance, while
also offering longer term aid for states like Texas and Florida. As churches
involved firsthand in the recovery process, Lutheran congregants and ministries
can offer a compelling public voice in support of a just aid package, and help
ensure that federal assistance reaches the most vulnerable.
Churches and other houses of worship are often the first to
offer critical assistance for communities. Lutheran ministries continue to offer help for those with
few places to turn to: collecting donations, providing life-essential services,
opening their doors for people in need of shelter, and assisting the most
vulnerable with restoring homes and lives. Lutherans have a deep history of responding
to natural disasters, and can further their impact through advocacy.
Disaster Response, Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands, local
churches and synod offices have been working around the clock to offer critical
assistance for the impacted communities. You can help contribute directly to
those impacted by the recent hurricanes and find out more about how you can get
involved by clicking here.
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