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Rallying Lutherans to bring relief

A week after Hurricane Katrina devastated Gulf Coast communities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, contributions to the ELCA Domestic Disaster Relief topped $1 million.

Lutheran Disaster Response had gained access to some areas, said Heather L. Feltman, director of this ministry of the ELCA and Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

As The Lutheran went to press, Feltman was coordinating deployment of the hundreds of volunteers from area congregations and from those many miles away. First in are those helping to remove debris and clean.”

Looking ahead, Feltman said: “We’re here to rally Lutherans to assist in efforts for long-term recovery. This is going to be a long-term displacement of whole communities—loss of homes, loss of lives, loss of jobs and last, but not least, loss of churches.”

Lutheran social ministry organizations, hospitals, counseling centers, and refugee and immigration services are involved.


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