In June, ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response sent $542,000 to the Syriac Orthodox Church for its humanitarian response within Syria. The confict in Syria has left more than 100,000 dead, 1.6 million fleeing to neighboring countries, and more than 4 million internally displaced since 2011. ELCA funds will provide six months of rent for 500 families; medical supplies and care, including surgeries; and services for children, including milk and diapers. Since 2011, the ELCA has given more than $1 million to help people in Syria and in the refugee camps.
To give, send checks to Lutheran Disaster Response (write "Syria conflict" in memo line), 39330 Treasury Center, Chicago, IL 60694-9300; 800-638-3522; www.elca.org/disaster.
© 2014 Augsburg Fortress, Publishers