WNALC - Women of the North American Lutheran Church
Dear Sisters in Christ,
The call went out to all WNALC ladies — and you answered in a big way! After a magnificent response to Stuff the Truck in Nashville, we were suddenly hit with a triple dose of hurricanes, Harvey and Irma and Maria. Then the donations of quilts, flood buckets, shovels, rakes and other such tools, hygiene kits, baby layettes and baby diapers and formula/food, cases of water bottles, pet food, Bibles, school supplies, gift cards, cash and so much more poured in—from all of YOU ladies and all the NALC congregations. And ever so welcome were your prayers for the victims, for the responders, and now, all the families and the volunteers involved in the recovery.
The NALC Disaster Response immediately responded by sending out huge 18-wheelers that shifted donations from the NALC Disaster Warehouse and other collection sites, to Texas, Florida, and other areas hit by the huge storms. Likewise, Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Response Coordinator, set up distribution sites and collection sites and volunteers to deliver critically needed donations to the victims. No sooner are donations received at local staging sites than they go out to places they are needed most. We reached out first to our NALC congregations that either suffered damage or served as respite sites themselves. Pastors whose families were displaced and homes affected received aid even as they were also reaching out to help others. Members of affected congregations have received aid yet our outreach stretches so very much further. One thing you can be assured of is that your donations actually reach those in need—many times in the smaller areas that the larger organizations have ignored but whose needs are just as great.
Just as volunteers responded to save victims in flooded areas, they are likewise responding, once flood waters have receded. Clean up and rebuilding crews have formed. Some from local areas are at work now while others are coming from other parts of the country to volunteer their time in the areas hit by the worst of the devastation. Working alongside of them are Spiritual Caregivers, offering comfort, words of hope, a listening ear, and the love of Jesus to individuals and families who have suffered such great loss. It is expected all of these needs will continue for up to 2 years and more as folks attempt to rebuild not only homes but their entire lives. If you feel called to serve, ask your Pastor to put you in touch with those who are organizing volunteer teams. Up-to-date information will be posted on both the NALC and the WNALC websites as well.
To continue to contribute toward recovery and rebuilding, send gift cards from Home Depot, Lowes, and Ace Hardware to:
NALC Disaster Warehouse
810 Main St.
Caldwell, OH 43724
Monetary donations for rebuilding homes may be sent to:
NALC Disaster Response
2288 Palmer Dr., Suite 220
New Brighton, MN 55112
So many are still needing help and so many more of you are responding to those needs. God is at work amongst His people and it is a beautiful thing. Even in the horror and despair of loss, there is the hope of people working together to help one another and thus making a difference in God’s Kingdom. This is God’s Word, God’s Call at work in and amongst us. Thanks be to God!
In His service,
Linda Brower, WNALC Chair
The Chair's Corner
WNALC Council Chair