10,000 are presumed dead so far in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. That number will certainly rise. Haiyan landed as a category 5 typhoon (hurricane) in the Philippines on November 8. 125,000 were evacuated. 12.9 million affected.

Donations may be sent to:
The Texas-Louisiana Gulf Synod
12941 I-45 North Freeway, Suite 210
Houston, Texas 77060

Or give online at: gulfcoastsynod.org/about-us/donate/

Donations received in our office will be forwarded to Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR.org), who are working closely with Luther World Relief (LWR.org), a globally recognized and widely respected relief organization that has a long-term history in the Philippines, and is already on the ground responding now.

You may wish to have a special offering in your congregation, or use this notice as a bulletin insert inviting your folks to give directly.

Yours in Christ,

Bishop Mike Rinehart