National Lutheran News

U.S. Lutherans ready with humanitarian aid for Iraq

Lutheran World Relief will coordinate aid received from ELCA, LCMS congregations.

The military action against the government of Iraq has created an enormous humanitarian crisis.

Lutheran World Relief, the overseas relief and development ministry of the ELCA and the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), has supplies al-ready in place for use in Iraq and Jordan, including $457,000 worth of health kits and school kits and 22,000 quilts.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has issued a “Disaster Gram” requesting contributions to the ELCA Inter-national Disaster Response. One-hundred percent of the contributions will be designated to Iraqis fleeing the war.
Coordinated by the ELCA Division for Global Mission, International Disas-ter Response channels its funds through international church organizations and relief agencies. Funds are used to provide food, medicine, drinking water, emergency shelter and other materials for disaster survivors
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The ELCA is responding through Action by Churches Together (ACT), a worldwide network of churches and related agencies that meets human need through organized emergency re-sponse. It is based with the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation, both in Geneva, Switzerland.
ACT’s local partner, the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), is providing aid to those affected by the fighting through its network of churches in Iraq.

To support the work of Lutheran World Relief, write to 700 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230; or call 1-800-597-5972; or, E-mail lwr@lwr.org