It seems like about a year ago I visited the folks over in Wadena Minnesota and the Pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church. I was with District President Fondow, Al Colver and Carlos Hernandez from Lutheran church Missouri Synod World Relief and Human Care. Other Pastors from the LCMS Minnesota North District were there to offer support as well. As I look at the destruction in Alabama and read that one of our Missouri Synod Churches was completley destroyed I have flashbacks. It appeared to me on that day that the tornado actually hit the ground just on the other side of St. John’s church because that is where the destruction started to look truly , well, destructive.
Folks will go through flashbacks in Wadena when they look at the pictures from Alabama. People from Alabama are just starting to realize what has hit them. We can offer our prayers and support. There are always ways to help. Our partnerships in times like these pay dividends. As LCMS President Harrison has written –
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). In the face of innocent loss of life and destruction at unimaginable levels, we turn to the Lord of wind and wave, who stilled the storm with His mighty Word, yet demonstrated His boundless mercy to us all on the arms of the cross. Please join me in helping financially those who have suffered loss. The task of recovery ahead is great, but God’s mercy is boundless.”
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