If one member suffers, all suffer together with it. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:26a

I invite you to prayerfully consider taking an active role in alleviating the suffering of God’s people in the Gulf Coast Synod.

Grace Lutheran Church in Conroe, Texas had pipes burst in their second floor fire sprinkler system resulting in devastating flooding.

In the aftermath of the unprecedented ice storm and record low temperatures, individuals and congregations within the Gulf Coast Synod face multiple crises: food insecurity, homelessness, gutting and renovation. Not all have insurance or the means to afford hotels. Food has spoiled due to lack of power, impacting the most vulnerable. All this exacerbated the humanitarian crisis already taking place due to COVID.

Kinsmen Lutheran Church in Houston fed hundreds while dealing with water damage in their buildings. Numerous pastors, congregational members, and neighbors have damage to homes due to pipe bursts in the ceiling leading to flooding. St. James/Santiago Apóstol in Houston has received dozens of assistance requests (food, rent, utilities). There have been more insurance claims for this disaster than for Hurricane Harvey. Who knew an ice storm and 10 degree temperatures could cause more death and damage than a hurricane?

Today the Gulf Coast Synod kicks off an Emergency Winter Freeze Appeal, with a goal of 400 donors from around the country coming together initially to raise $100,000. This will provide resources to repair lives, homes and houses of worship. It will support congregations serving communities in need. It will help us all share God’s love through food and housing assistance.

Support already grows! North/West Lower Michigan Synod will provide $5,000 if 400 donors give gifts of any size. Your gift can help us reach that goal.

Please prayerfully consider the giving chart and DONATE right now and make a generous donation to help us make a difference in a difficult situation. THANK YOU!

Throughout this week I will share stories of pain, loss, and hope from the Gulf Coast Synod. God walks with us. Thank you for joining us on this journey.