The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


How to care for each other

Disasters teach a powerful lesson

I don't know whether it was El Niño or what, but this has been a terrible year for natural disasters.

In April we observed the first anniversary of the Red River floods in the Upper Midwest. It seems as though we've had a "Disaster of the Month" ever since that flood. There were floods in Pennsylvania, along the Ohio River, in Georgia, in Texas and in northern California. There were tornadoes in Minnesota, Florida and the Carolinas; ice storms in New England; and mudslides along the Pacific Coast. That's not the whole list, but you get the idea.

The bright spot in all this wreckage is the way Lutherans responded. Through ELCA Domestic Disaster Response and its pan-Lutheran sister, Lutheran Disaster Response, we've learned how to meet trouble together.

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