Lutheran disaster response team heads to Philippines

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BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI) – Members of the Kirkwood-based Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod are heading out Friday morning to help those devastated by the typhoon in the Philippines.

A total of eight members from the Synod Disaster Response Team are making their way overseas. Five of them will be leaving from Lambert.

Typhoon Haiyan was one of the strongest storms ever. It tore through the Philippines one week ago.

The latest official death toll is approaching 2,400. But the United Nations puts that number considerably higher at over 4,400 and those numbers could still rise.

The Lutheran Church members will provide immediate relief and begin planning for the long term recovery of the region.

The team is going to operate out of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod office in Manila and will make trips from there into the impacted areas.

The team is scheduled to return next Friday.

The disaster response branch of the Synod has responded to many disasters since its inception after Hurricane Katrina.

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  • Scandal

    We have families here in the US that STILL need your help from Sandy, tornados that hit Joplin, and the wild fires out west. Why spend the money on going to the Philippines? When did these countries ever come help us? Broadcasting it on the news makes it about you, not those that need help.

    • Ringy

      The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is a religious body just like the Catholic church or any other. They would help anyone in need, not only areas within the United States. It’s not about one country helping another. This isn’t political in any shape or form. It’s helping out those in need, especially those without quick disaster recover teams like FEMA and the National Guard.

    • Mark Hofman

      The following disaster grants are either committed or being considered to help with domestic disaster recovery, just since 1 July 2013:

      Colorado floods or fires: $390,000
      Oklahoma tornados: $360,000
      Superstorm Sandy: $190,000 committed; $750,000 pending
      Long-term tornado or hurricane recovery: $45,000
      West, Texas explosion recovery: $25,000

      And this is a sample list.

      In each case, there is either a local or regional LCMS team who is intimately familiar with the conditions in that location. Our model of relief and recovery assistance is to support the local leadership, who will still be dealing with the effects of a disaster long after relief agencies and governments move on to the next event.

      The travel costs of the people going overseas are borne by our regular operating budget. Grants and immediate relief funds are provided by donors – individuals, families, congregations and other organizations. We’re proud of how these friends step forward when events like Haiyan, Sandy, Joplin, Katrina or West Texas happen and we give thanks for each one of them.

      Mark Hofman, Executive Director
      Mission Advancement
      The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

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