Relief Funds (LCMC) This blog features various relief funds and relief effort opportunities established by or made available to LCMC congregations and ministry partners. If you have information regarding a relief fund that you would like us to consider for publication, please let us know. Email completed articles, along with any accompanying photos and contact information, to en-us Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Wed, 29 Mar 23 00:00:00 +0000 Turkey and Syria earthquake relief

The devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria on February 6 displaced millions and the death toll is still rising – currently numbering more than 50,000. In Turkey alone, more than 345,000 apartments were destroyed. Many are wondering how to provide some assistance, with the scope of the disaster so broad that help is still needed, and will be for a long time.

ALWM has known and trusted connections in the region. Our ALWM Midwest representatives, Pastor Paul & Lea Eldred, were EEMN missionaries in Turkey from 2005-2017 while I was Director, and they still have good contacts there. I also know and trust these partners in ministry. 

We have relationship with a ministry that has been working on the ground since day 1 doing critical relief including temp housing, food, medical care and more. Another partner there is focused on providing large (approx. 20 x 10), sturdy tents for $700 each that will house a family.

If you or your congregation want to help, please earmark your check for Turkey Relief and mail it to:

PO Box 67432
Albuquerque, NM 87193-7432

We will be splitting support received between these two partners, and will of course honor donor intent with any gift. One congregation in northern KS has already raised over $800!

Once again, we know and trust both relief pathways, thankful too, that they will share the Gospel and the love of Christ in addition to providing desperately needed help.

If you have any questions, please call or write.

Rev. Bill Moberly
Founder & Director of ALWM
Director of Vital Links, a ministry of ALWM
Co-Founder & Editor of Celebrating Global Mission (
Phone: (505) 803-5271



Stock photo courtesy of Vecteezy.

Hurricane Ian Relief Thu, 13 Oct 22 00:00:00 +0000 There are three groups within LCMC assisting with disaster relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Ian.]]> Ukraine Relief Thu, 03 Mar 22 00:00:00 +0000 The Spiritual Orphans Network has established the Special Ukraine Fund to help provide relief assistance for those who have been affected by the ongoing war in Ukraine. 

Currently, donations are being used to help provide safe evacuations, food, medicine, and other supplies needed for survival.  As of March 3, 2022, almost $30,000 has been raised. 

More information and a link to donate online can be found on the ministry's website by clicking here

In addition to monetary donations, your prayers are also appreciated. 

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for SON Mission Partners and all people in Ukraine
  • Pray for the people of Russia

Updates on this project can be found on the Spiritual Orphans Network Facebook Page and in the unofficial LCMC Facebook Discussion Group

Kentucky Tornado Relief Tue, 21 Dec 21 00:00:00 +0000 Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Paducah, KY, an LCMC congregation 30 miles from Mayfield, KY, is accepting donations on behalf of Mayfield, KY. 

Checks should be made out to Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, and in the memo line, indicate it is for West Kentucky Relief.

[Updated 02/18/21] Currently the organizations are asking that we not send any more material items.  Instead, they are requesting cash or credit card donations to help get these families back on their feet. 

Checks should be sent to:

Amazing Grace Lutheran Church
c/o Bernadine Anderson
121 Mimosa Lane
Paducah, KY 42001

Another place to donate money to is Marcella’s Kitchen in Benton, KY.  They have been serving meals non-stop.  Donate Online >>

The local television channel, WPSD, has also posted a link to make various monetary donations:

For updates on this and other relief efforts by LCMC congregations, click here

COVID-19 Relief Fri, 12 Jun 20 00:00:00 +0000 Pastor’s Benevolence Emergency Grant
Administered by Lutheran Disaster Assistance

There is a new grant fund available within the LCMC Lutheran Disaster Assistance (LDA) Program. It is a separately funded grant designed for LCMC pastors who lead our LCMC congregations across the country. 

For example, the COVID-19 pandemic has created emergencies that prevent the ability of some pastors to shepherd their congregations.  Most of those congregations are small in number of worshiping partners and have limited options for relief when personal emergencies happen to their pastor.

LDA decided to create a separate fund for difficulties such as these for pastors who are suffering based on our current situation.

To Make a Request:

Download Request Form

Rationale:  There are times when LCMC pastors are in situations of crisis or distress where a limited grant will be of great relief.  This benevolence emergency fund is created for that purpose.

  1. Grants are requested through the Director of LDA, Grants will be allocated based on:
    • If they are appropriate for this specific LDA grantsource
    • Available funds
  2. The LDA Processing Board at St Marks Church, Marion Iowa will review the grant request and, if approved, will send the grant to the LCMC pastor.
  3. Grants will be up to $3,000.  One grant per year to same person.
  4. The benevolence emergency funds available are separate from funds available for natural disaster grants.

Grants are available up to $3,000 and may be requested through Dave Brauhn, LDA Director, at

To Contribute:

The LDA fund is receiving contributions now to make more grants available.  Please clearly designate your contribution for the Pastor’s Benevolence Emergency Fund. Send contributions to:

St Mark’s Lutheran Church
8300 C Ave NE
Marion, Iowa 52302
Attention: Pastor’s Benevolence Emergency Fund, Dave Brauhn/LDA Director

For more information about the Lutheran Disaster Assistance fund, click here

Wildfires in Australia - How You Can Help Sun, 12 Jan 20 00:00:00 +0000 As large areas of Australia remain ablaze, the immediate need for both rain and financial assistance continues to grow. 

"The fire crisis in Australia has killed at least 26 people, destroyed more than 2,000 homes and scorched an area larger than the U.S. state of Indiana since September," the Associated Press reported yesterday. 

The above photo, sent to our office from LCMC Pastor John Guilfoyle of Living Water Fellowship in Wagga Wagga, shows how fires are affecting the nation even in the areas that aren't burning. 

"We continue to say with unrelenting vigour, Australia needs rain," Pastor Guilfoyle said.  "Please impress upon anyone you talk to the very real need for folks to pray for rain; to simply ask “the God who provides” to provide.  Everything falls back on prolonged drought.  We can always second guess poor human leadership in water management or a lack of real proactive work in fire mitigation during dry times. (And yes, a goodly number of these fires were human-caused.) But everything changes if it would just rain."

Those interested in contributing to relief efforts for this specific cause are being asked to contact Rural Fire Service NSW or the Australian Red Cross directly, as both organizations currently have programs in place to help fight the fires and provide relief assistance to people in need.  

More information on the wildfires in Australia can be found here

Additional Resources:  Bush Fire Arson Prevention - NSW  |  Campfire Safety  |  Cigarettes

Flood Relief in Western Iowa and Eastern Nebraska Tue, 23 Apr 19 00:00:00 +0000 Record rainfall and record snowfall, all coming together on frozen ground, has made for one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit western Iowa and eastern Nebraska. 

Some of the communities became islands, river beds have been changed, roads have been washed out, and thousands of tons of sand now cover rich, black farmland.  The flood waters are now receding but there is much work ahead.

If you have been wondering how you can help, Lutheran Church of the Master (Omaha, NE), Thanksgiving Lutheran Church (Bellevue, NE), Spirit of Peace Church (Valley, NE), and the Heartland District of LCMC are all working to help with flood recovery and providing needed supplies. 

If you are interested in contributing, please contact one of these congregations first to find out what they are collecting.  You can find their contact information here on our website at

Disaster Relief Efforts for Hurricaine Harvey Mon, 28 Aug 17 00:00:00 +0000 LCMC has a dozen congregations that were in the direct path of Hurricane Harvey, some of which have reported damage to their buildings. 

According to the New York Times, the Category 4 hurricaine reached the the U.S in Texas, bringing with it winds reaching 130 miles per hour and heavy rain, causing severe amounts of damage to the area.

Three groups within LCMC are coordinating efforts to help with disaster relief for victims of the tropical storm. 

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, an LCMC congregation in Victoria, TX is setting up a center to assist those in that area and welcome donations. 

The LCMC Texas District has a Facebook page set up to coordinate efforts as well.  Please visit to learn more. 

Finally, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ also has established a Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund (LDA Fund) to responsibly handle the administration of donations in response to natural disasters.  Your funds can be sent directly to LDA for Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts. 

If you would like to contribute to the LDA Fund, please notate that your donation is intended for Hurricane Harvey Relief and mail all contributions to:
Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund
c/o St. Mark's Lutheran Church
8300 C Avenue NE
Marion, IA 52302

Typhoon Haiyan Response Wed, 13 Nov 13 00:00:00 +0000
The full extent of damage across the Philippines is still difficult to determine due to disruptions in communications. Access to storm‐affected areas is limited as a result of flash floods, landslides, fallen trees, damaged roads and downed power lines and telecommunications. An estimated 675,000 people are currently displaced, including nearly 400,000 people in more than 1,300 evacuation centers. Reports indicate that approximately 10,000 people may have died as a result of the storm in Tacloban municipality alone.


How is Lutheran World Relief Responding?

LWR's Philippines staff are now coordinating with our partners to mobilize staff and resources to respond to the most urgent needs.

  • Shelter: LWR will provide shelter repair kits to families whose homes were damaged in the typhoon.
  • Cash programs: LWR will employ residents of three municipalities in Northern Cebu in short-term work assignments removing debris from public spaces, helping to get cash into the hands of those who need it.
  • Household supplies: LWR will provide families who have lost their belongings with essential household supplies such as cooking utensils and plates.
  • Quilts and Kits: LWR is shipping Personal Care Kits, Baby Care Kits, School Kits and Quilts, which will be distributed to more than 26,000 families.

How Can I Get Involved?

There are several ways you can help respond to the needs of the people of the Philippines:

  • Please pray for those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan and for all who are working to respond in the aftermath of the storm.
  • Give to the Philippines Typhoon fund. Your cash donations help LWR respond quickly to emerging needs on the ground. LWR accepts gifts online, by phone at (800) 597-5972 or by mail at Lutheran World Relief, P.O Box 17061, Baltimore MD 21297-1061.
  • Please consider assembling Quilts and Kits so that we have stock to respond to this and other emerging situations around the world.


Click Here
for congregational resources including text for bulletins/e-news/newsletter, a video of LWR's VP for International Programs providing an update on our response, and bulletin inserts.  Also available: a Powerpoint, prayers/petitions, sermon starters, and a children’s sermon.

For more information, visit Lutheran World Relief's website at
Colorado Flood Relief Efforts Wed, 18 Sep 13 00:00:00 +0000 Faith Community Lutheran Church of Longmont, CO is coordinating relief efforts and collecting donations to help assist those who have been devastated by recent floods in the state of Colorado. 
Those wishing to make donations may send them to the following address: 
Faith Community Lutheran Church 
Attention:  Flood Relief 
9775 Ute Highway 
Longmont, CO  80504 
The congregation also plans to have an online donation page set up at their website,, within the next few days. 
Oklahoma City Tornado Relief Tue, 21 May 13 00:00:00 +0000 The Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund provides emergency relief aid to those who have been affected by catastrophic natural disasters.  100% of contributions made to the LDA Fund will be applied towards these grants. 
To learn more, click here or email the LDA Fund Chair, Dave Brauhn, at
Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund Wed, 15 May 13 00:00:00 +0000 Grant Info & Application Form:  Download PDF

Vision: To support the needs of victims of catastrophic natural disasters with a spirit of sharing God's love.  

Mission: To demonstrate the love of Christ as we respond to natural disasters through local congregations.  

Core Value: To carry out our work with the servant attitude of Jesus who said, "I did not come to be served, but to serve" (Mathew 20:28), and "As the Father sent Me, so I send you." (John 20:21)

According to the front page of the October 10, 2012 USA Today, natural catastrophes in the U.S. have skyrocketed from 63 in 1980 to 250 in 2010.  Superstorm Sandy (October 22-31, 2012) is our most recent reminder of increasing natural disasters.

During the LCMC’s October 2012 Annual Conference, the LCMC Board of Directors approved the establishment of a Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund to provide emergency relief assistance to victims of natural disasters.  St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Marion, Iowa, will administer the Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund (LDA Fund). Grants of up to $10,000 will be available for relief aid in the wake of tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, ice storms, wildfires, flooding, and similar natural disasters.

Monies are currently being collected for the implementation of this program.  Each LCMC congregation is asked to prayerfully consider being a part of this mission.  Contributions of $100 to $10,000 or more will be welcomed and can be submitted by check or money order to:

Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund
c/o St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
8300 C Avenue NE
Marion, IA 52302


In summary:

  • 100% of all contributions to the LDA Fund will go toward disaster relief grants
  • The goal of the Fund is to reach out to those impacted by disaster who otherwise would not have resources.
  • Grant decisions will be made by a committee made up of representatives from 5 contributing churches (one representative per congregation).
  • Grants will be limited to 50% of monies available at any given time, so as to not totally deplete the Fund in response to a single disaster.
  • If, in the future, the LDA Fund is no longer needed, is replaced or is not supported, a process of termination shall be initiated. This will be determined by a consensus of the current administrator and the 5 contributing church representatives. Any remaining funds on hand will be sent to the LCMC office for disbursement to their greatest need.
  • Refer to the LDA Fund Grant Criteria and Application Instructions for more details


1.  LDA is not an insurance supplicant or guarantee of repair or replacement of lost property.

2.  LDA does not approve requests for payment of insurance deductibles for any insurance policy.

3.  LDA does not send checks for anticipated need ("as the need arises").  LDA sends checks for evidence/receipts of real need for the victims of disasters.

4.  LDA does not pay for the needs of animals or livestock or pets.

5.  LDA does not pay for restoration of landscaping or cosmetic repari due to the disaster.

6.  LDA Grant check are sent $5,000 per received receipts up to $20,000 per disaster.

7.  Depending on the context, (Pastor input) Up to $5,000 could be approved for any one family to replace appliances or repair damage due to the disaster.

8.  LDA does not send checks to the individual.  LDA sends checks to LCMC churches/funds to be distributed by the pastor who has confirmed the evidence/receipt of need by the family.

As of 2020, a separate grant fund called the Pastor’s Benevolence Emergency Fund has also been established to help provide relief to pastors in emergency situations.  For more information, click here


Dave Brauhn, Chairperson
LDA Fund
c/o St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
8300 C Ave NE
Marion, Iowa 52302
Email (please use both): and



West, TX Explosion Relief Tue, 14 May 13 00:00:00 +0000 In light of the April 17 explosion at the West Fertilizer Co., relief efforts are now being organized to help those who have been affected.
If you have additional information, or if your congregation is coordinating a relief effort, please contact with  any further details.

Volunteering & Assistance

Americorps is now coordinating volunteer opportunities for West, Texas recovery. They have already identified people in the community to be ready to enlist help when the time is right. The website for people to sign up to volunteer is
Additionally, representatives from LSS Disaster Services and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), are ate the scene and prepared to offer the following types of relief assistance to those in need:
  • Short-Term Emergency Needs:  Providing gift cards to families with immediate needs of food/shelter/clothing; ongoing until the funds run out. 
  • Long-Term Response and Recovery:  Case management services as survivors begin the long process of rebuilding their lives.
  • Spiritual/Emotional Care:  Counseling and spiritual care services to individuals seeking prayerful comfort and emotional support, over the short- and long-term.

Those who would like to help out may also:

  • Donate blood – Type O Positive and O Negative blood is in demand. Please check your local blood bank for details.
  • Prayer -- for the survivors of this town of 2,700; all of their lives have been touched by this tragedy. 

FEMA To Allow Individual Assistance Grants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that the emergency disaster declaration for the State of Texas, declared on April 19, has been expanded to allow individuals and households affected by the explosion in McLennan County, access to Individual Assistance grants.

This action makes housing and other assistance available to eligible individuals in McLennan County. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs; medical, dental, and funeral expenses; and personal property, transportation and other forms of assistance to help individuals recover from the effects of the disaster.

Individuals who sustained losses as a result of the explosion in McLennan County can begin applying for assistance by registering online at, by web enabled mobile device at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

Ongoing Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts Mon, 13 May 13 00:00:00 +0000
Register your interest to volunteer at Good and Ready or By registering you will receive up-to-date information, including when new volunteer opportunities are posted.

For volunteer opportunities in individual states, please see the following HandsOn Network affiliates:

While immediate opportunities to volunteer in the affected area may seem limited, please remember that the recovery effort will continue for many months and volunteers will be needed throughout this time. Thank you so much for your willingness to support the affected communities!
Relief Efforts for Hurricane Sandy Victims in the U.S. Fri, 02 Nov 12 00:00:00 +0000 Yesterday, the New York Times reported a total of at least 164 lives claimed by Hurricane Sandy, with at least 94 of them reported in the U.S. and Canada and 54 in Haiti.
The storm also led to power outages, gas shortages and up to $50 billion in damages in the U.S., according to The Huffington Post
As Volunteer Reception Centers are now opening on the East Coast, and congregations are collecting funds to be distributed within their local communities, there are several ways that those who are interested can help with relief efforts for victims of this natural disaster.

LCMC Congregation Supports Texas Fire Victims Wed, 14 Sep 11 00:00:00 +0000 The recent fires in central Texas have destroyed over 1,500 homes, blazing through approximately 34,000 acres of residential area.

While most needs for food, water, and clothing are currently being met, many of the people in this area must replace everything they used to own. Area churches are pitching in to help.

Martin Luther Lutheran Church, an LCMC congregation in Giddings, Texas, is collecting funds to be given to the Bastrop Christian Ministerial Alliance Fire Relief and/or American Red Cross of Central Texas and/or Giddings Area Care Center (Food Pantry).

Your prayers and contributions are needed.

Funds may be mailed to:

Attn: Texas Fire Victim Support
Martin Luther Lutheran Church (LCMC)
573 North Main Street
Giddings, TX 78942

Checks should be made payable to Martin Luther Lutheran Church.

Living Word Lutheran Church Announces ND Flood Relief Fund Wed, 07 Sep 11 00:00:00 +0000 Greetings friends in Christ from Living Word Lutheran Church in Minot, North Dakota.

The June 2011 flood in the Minot area left hundreds of families devastated. Many congregations of the LCMC have sent emails asking what help they could provide to help these families. In response to these requests our congregation has established the Living Word Flood Relief Fund. Our goal and mission was to provide immediate grants to families in our congregation that needed immediate help. Locating these families proved to be a challenge, but once we found them through various connections, we provided them much needed and appreciated funds for them.

Trying to Rebuild

Words can not describe the devastation as a result of the flood of 2011. Over 4,000 homes were damaged and fully 1/3 of those homes will need to be destroyed. There are few options as the cost of rebuilding is not feasible. Few had flood insurance so the only means of funding is the limited amount being provided by FEMA. Some are looking at completely gutting a home and removing windows and siding leaving just the bare walls. From there the rebuilding process begins and will take months, or even years.

Help From Other LCMC Congregations

We also reached out to fellow LCMC congregations with a request for additional funds. To date we have received over $10,000 and continue to expand and distribute funds to other families outside of our congregation that need help.

More Help Needed

Once again we are reaching out to LCMC congregations who can find it within their means to provide resources through fund raisers or benevolence giving. We guarantee that there are no administrative costs so 100% of your donation is being given to those in need. We also guarantee that funds are being distributed as quickly as possible.

You can continue to send donations to:

Living Word Flood Relief Fund
c/o Rod Wilson
521 22nd Street NW
Minot, ND 58703

Your donations are tax deductible.

Thoughts and Prayers

The immediate attention provided by the national media brought a great amount of focus during the flood. The national media has now moved on and the city of MInot and surrounding area are left to try to rebuild. Your prayers are still needed as this rebuilding process will certainly continue for many years. Besides homes, the city lost a majority of our parks and recreation facilities. Our once pristine zoo is now completely destroyed. Today (September 6th) was the first day of public schools in Minot. Also lost or damaged were a number of school buildings. Two of the facilities will need to be razed and re-built. There is no age limit when it comes to being affected by the flood of 2011.

Thank You!

To those who have provided funds already we extend our heartfelt thanks on behalf of those who have or will receive gifts. Our Pastor, Jeff Hoverson, also plans on being at the national convention in October and is looking forward to meeting and thanking many of you.

May God bless each and every one of you as we rise to the challenge of serving Christ by providing these much needed gifts to those in need.

Tornado Victim Relief in the South Sun, 10 Jul 11 00:00:00 +0000

We, at Christ the King have been doing on the ground work. I took our first load of supplies to a city devastated by a tornado today and am going back tomorrow to bring ice and water to people who will be without power for up to 10 days.

We are taking money and using it for our resources to give away to the people in need and then will donate the rest to the local groups continuing relief efforts.
If you want to send money, our address is:

Christ the King Lutheran Church
611 Riverchase Parkway West.
Hoover, Al 35244.

Blessings to all of you and keep praying for us,

Pastor Scott Hawkins
Associate Pastor
Christ the King Lutheran

Relief Fund Established to Help Ethiopia Sun, 10 Jul 11 00:00:00 +0000

Persecution is not new to Lutherans in Ethiopia. “However, every time it happens it opens up old wounds and breaks the hearts of many. In the middle of all this our brothers and sisters are walking into this holy Lenten season not with ashes on their forehead but carrying the cross of Christ and confessing their faith in the words of Psalm 23:1, ‘The Lord is my shepherd!’” Dr. Buba said.

To read the entire article and see how you can help, click here.]]>