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A place to breathe

Lutherans offer rest and relief amid devastation of Texas flood

Jill and Terry Frisbie felt numb and exhausted when they entered Faith Lutheran Church, Seguin, Texas, on Oct. 25. As they sat down for the first time in eight days, tears soon spilled from their eyes as they faced their grief.

"Church was the first place we could take a breath and feel," Jill Frisbie says. She and thousands of others in south Texas felt the staggering loss inflicted by the 50-foot wall of water that splattered the Guadalupe River valley in late October. The torrent killed at least 29 and severely damaged or destroyed more than 10,800 homes, including about 300 belonging to ELCA members (see map).


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