The psalmist writes: “Therefore we will not fear though the waters rage and foam…for the Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our stronghold.” These words express all too well the devastating floods that have inundated our state these past few days. Homes have been destroyed, cars have floated away, roads and dams have been broken, bridges have fallen and some lives lost.
The ELCA South Carolina Synod is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for the people of South Carolina in the midst of severe flooding. Homes have been destroyed. Bridges and dams in neighborhoods have collapsed. Interstate highways and roads have been compromised in the worst storm since records have been kept in this state. The ELCA Conference of Bishops, meeting in Chicago this week, prayed at its Sunday worship service and again on Monday for all who have suffered and are continuing to suffer. Offerings from Sunday’s worship were designated for the victims of the wildfires in Northern California. Bishop Mark Holmerud from the ELCA Sierra Pacific Synod asked the Conference of Bishops to divide the offerings to include the people of South Carolina. Another ELCA bishop asked for a chance to take up a second offering for both synods before we leave Chicago.
These generous expressions of love and compassion for all impacted by these floods is deeply appreciated. Right now designated flood relief funds should be sent to the South Carolina Synod and / or Lutheran Disaster Response.
The synod is located at 1003 Richland St., Columbia, S.C. 29201.
To send gifts to ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response go to https://community.elca.org/usfloodingrelief.
In working closely with Lutheran Services of Carolinas and Lutheran Disaster Response, we continue to assess the damages and we will begin to develop strategies for volunteer relief and long term recovery efforts over the next weeks and months to come.
Please continue to hold us in your prayers.