Members of Peace Lutheran Church, Joplin, Mo., are still in shock but "looking forward to what can be done and where God will lead us," said William R. Pape, interim pastor.
A May 22 tornado destroyed Peace's building and about six of its families' homes were ruined or damaged.
The ELCA will be involved with long-term recovery, volunteer coordination, construction and case management in Joplin.
An initial $25,000 grant was issued to Lutheran Family and Children's Services for relief.
To help, pray and send checks (write "U.S. Severe Storms" in the memo line) to ELCA Disaster Response, 39330 Treasury Center, Chicago, IL 60694-9300; give by credit card at 800-638-3522; or at the ELCA website.
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