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ELCA responds to global disasters

ELCA International Disaster Response sent $223,500 in November to support recovery efforts worldwide.

In Zimbabwe, where food shortages, 80 percent unemployment, a dictatorship and HIV/AIDS have created a humanitarian crisis, the ELCA sent $100,000 through Action by Churches Together to Christian Care and Lutheran Development Services. “We ask you to pray for peace and justice to prevail in Zimbabwe during these difficult times,” said Belletech Deressa of ELCA Global Mission.

After Cyclone Sidr left 3,000 dead and millions homeless in Bangladesh, the ELCA sent an initial $50,000 through ACT and partners, including Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh, for emergency food, medical support and shelter. “We are sharing our resources and whatever we have with those who are suffering in the areas that we serve,” said Benedict Bijoy Baroi, LHCB executive director.

Working in Nicaragua through ACT, the ELCA sent $50,000 for Christian Medical Action and the Nicaraguan Lutheran Church of Faith and Hope to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Felix, which struck the country Sept. 4. Some rural communities lost lives, homes, health and sanitation resources, crops and clean water.

The ELCA sent $23,500 to the Lutheran World Federation to help restore Lutheran churches in Indonesia after a September 2007 earthquake.

To help, send checks to ELCA International Disaster Response , P.O. Box 71764 Chicago, IL 60694-1764 or call 800-638-3522.


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