Hurricane Harvey

The Situation

Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast on August 25, threatening millions of people with multiple days of heavy rain, winds, and rising tides. While many have evacuated, significant damage is still expected, and thousands of people may be housed in shelters for an extended period of time.

In the Aftermath

Flood waters have subsided, and many residents begin a new normal—repair, rebuild, remove, relocate, and endless combinations of those realities. We are grateful to the thousands of willing hands and hearts who responded immediately to the evident, declared need after the hurricane event. Volunteers are still asking “What can we do to help?” — recognizing that it takes time for all of our human senses to come to terms with a disaster of this nature.

Our thanks to all! Your ongoing prayers and your generous financial support keep us aware that we are not alone in this. We continue to hear from people who are just discovering the true extent of the damage to their homes, livelihoods, and ministries. The immediate emergency for this hurricane disaster is over, but long term recovery has no fixed deadline. The hymns of our faith such as this one, serve to unite us as we respond to the challenge of the days ahead:

Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing?
No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing.
My Life Flows On in Endless Song, Robert Lowry (ELW 763)

Join LEAD’s Courageous Community

Following a natural disaster, healthy leaders must intentionally care for themselves as they care for others. LEAD’s Courageous Community is an opportunity for leaders everywhere to be part of the healing community. This effort will be focused on those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey with the hope to expand and respond to other natural disaster needs in the future. Read more.


Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.  


  1. […] Disaster response efforts will not get underway until the rain stops and the water recedes. In the meantime we urge you to generously support Lutheran Disaster Response and the Gulf Coast Synod disaster fund. […]