From an update from Bishop Suarez sent Tuesday, Sept. 3.
As in all disasters, the ELCA works closely with partners to respond to and support the communities affected. With The Bahamas, Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) International and ELCA Global Mission will work through international relief partners–specifically through Church World Service Disaster Response (https://cwsglobal.org/our-work/emergencies/). LDR-International has worked through this network of partnerships for other international disasters. The ecumenical response and relief organizations that work through Church World Service are committed to both immediate and long-term recovery for the whole area impacted by the storm. Financial donations to LDR will be vital to support the ongoing and long-term work being done by these partners.
Beyond the vital work being done by LDR-International and Church World Service for The Bahamas, we will be finding additional ways to support and care for the community of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Donations to the Florida-Bahamas Synod Disaster Response fund allow us to walk with the congregational leaders in ways that meet their specific needs. Due to the unique international dynamics of The Bahamas, gift cards and supplies are not as helpful as financial donations. These funds—to BOTH the synod disaster response fund AND Lutheran Disaster Response—allow us to be most flexible and responsive to those in need.
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