Disaster Response

Disaster Response is a ministry of the Oklahoma District that seeks to help congregations as they share the Gospel to meet the needs of members and others in their community following a natural or man-made disaster.

Every day in this world disasters occur.  On large scales and small scales, people are affected by tornadoes, hail, droughts, floods, fires, blizzards, and earthquakes--only to name a few.  In addition to disasters that occur within nature, there are disasters which are man-made.  Shootings and other forms of civil violence can be just as destructive as an event occuring within nature.  These may not always be situations in which we volunteer to assist; yet these are always events in which the Church responds with the Word of God.

The mission of the church is to reach out in mercy and compassion to those in need, motivated by Christ and His Gospel and according to the Lutheran confession of faith.

No one is untouched by the chaos of a disaster, but Christ's  mandate and example of love for the whole person remains our supreme example for life in this world, and for care of the needy--body and soul.

Individuals, congregations, District and Synod working together allows Disaster Response to meet more needs, and to meet them more effectively.  The duplication of efforts are lessened as we work together, and our ability to respond quickly and effectively will grow ever stronger.

For resources, visit LCMS Disaster Response Resources.  For more information about readying your congregation as a Gospel witness for a disaster, consider holding a Congregational Disaster Response Training Workshop.  Please contact:

Rev. Ron Simpson - OK District Disaster Response Coordinator
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Midwest City

To financially support this self-funded ministry, Send your Donations (marked Disaster Response) to:
Oklahoma District Disaster Response - LCMS
Attn:  Brent England
PO Box 70
Owasso, OK 74055

 

Any funds not needed for a specific relief effort will be used for other disaster response needs as determined by the Oklahoma District of The Lutheran Church-Missour Synod.   Gifts are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.