Responding to Sandy: The ELCA will stay until the work is done, and there is still much to be done. A message from Bishop Mark Hanson

h1 Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 at 9:19 am

Bishop Hanson (Hurricane Sandy update)

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

I recently traveled with church leaders to areas in New York and New Jersey that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. I assured all those affected by the storms that they are not alone. We, as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), stand with them and will stay until the work is done. Together, we can achieve things on a scale and scope that we could never do alone.

Despite the hardship and difficulties people are still experiencing, we have witnessed incredible resiliency. As we stood in a congregation, still without power, we held candles and sang. I saw in those who sang around me the reflection of Jesus, the Light of the world, the one through whom God is making a way to us.

As we visited, they shared a recognition that the long road of recovery will depend on our continued prayers and support.

Thanks to your generosity in the weeks following this disaster, we have already responded in the Caribbean and in areas of the United States with food, water and shelter.

But your support is still needed.

Donate NowGifts to Hurricane Sandy will be used entirely – 100 percent – to provide relief to areas most impacted. Your gift now will help:

  • Address basic needs of families and individuals
  • Build and reconstruct homes, communities and congregations
  • Coordinate volunteer efforts from people across the country
  • Support case managers working directly with those who have lost everything

During this season of Advent, may your continued support be a light for all those rebuilding their lives in Hurricane Sandy’s wake.

In God’s grace,

The Rev. Mark S. Hanson
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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