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Florida: Weariness amid blessings

Four hurricanes and a tropical storm left Lutherans in the Florida-Bahamas Synod struggling to put their lives back together.

"Hardly anyone has been left untouched by these events," said synod Bishop Edward Benoway, who along with his staff has spent a great deal of time visiting with pastors and churches in areas affected by the storms.

Even if homes weren't damaged, gas shortages, empty grocery shelves from interrupted deliveries and power outages changed the way millions of people lived, often for weeks in a row. Florida's major industries — tourism and citrus fruit — also suffered damage. The state lost up to 75 percent of its total citrus crop to the storm.


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