After Sandy and related storms struck in October, Lutheran Disaster Response began efforts to help the millions affected.
In Cuba and Haiti, LDR provided food, water and shelter amid flooding, mudslides and cholera outbreaks. Along the U.S. Atlantic Coast, it worked with synods, social service agencies and other partners to meet immediate and long-term needs — especially in hard-hit areas of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
With that aid and care came reassurance. ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson said in an Oct. 31 video message that Lutherans will "stay until the work is done. That is the ELCA's commitment."
Metropolitan New York Synod Bishop Robert Rimbo reminded members in a pastoral letter that on the Sunday before the storm hit, "many of our churches prayed Psalm 46 [that] says in glorious words and images, 'We are not alone.' "
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