The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


After Hurricane Ike, Lutherans respond

The day after Hurricane Ike struck, the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod relocated from Houston to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Brenham, Texas. To update congregations and leaders, it launched a Web site and blog with information about search and rescue operations, power outages, and the availability of food, water, ice and generators.

With the power still out in Kingwood, Texas, on Sept. 18, synod Bishop Michael Rinehart preached by candlelight at Holy Comforter Lutheran Church.

It was almost impossible to reach people in Galveston. With no phone or Internet service on the island, ELCA Vice President Carlos Peña could only text a message: “Home okay — business totaled. Tomorrow brings a new day and each day gets a little better. ... We take comfort in God’s words to Noah after the flood, Genesis 8:22.”

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