The ELCA distributed the following this week:
"During a time of an unprecedented number of disasters around the globe, our church is answering God's call to love others as ourselves. Here is a sample of what Lutheran Disaster Response is actively working on:
In Texas, where Hurricane Harvey caused destruction, e're hiring a disaster response coordinator to work with our partners and affiliates to connect volunteers and donations to where they're needed most.
In Florida, where Hurricane Irma caused damage, we're helping Lutheran Services Florida with relief for their most impacted staff.
In Haiti, we're supporting 100 female-headed households and 100 farmers whose gardens and livestock were lost to the hurricane.
In Cuba, we're supporting the distribution of items like cookware, dishes and blankets to help families get back to normal life.
In Mexico, where three major earthquakes struck within weeks, we're supporting our localpartner as they distribute food, water and other basic necessities to those who have lost their homes.
In Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin islands, where Hurricane Maria left devastation, we're coordinating the delivery of critical items including dry food, generators and solar-powered phones.
Recovery from these disasters will take years. Please continue to pray for our neighbors impacted by disasters around the world."
With the outbreak of wildfires in California this week, I expect the ELCA to do something there too.
I spoke with Pastor Velazquez this week and he suggested persons interested in helping the people in Puerto Rico consider making cash donations. Shipping and getting items to the people in greatest need is proving to be difficult on the island.