Six months after Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, doing widespread damage and taking more than 6,000 lives, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is working to provide support to those affected.
To date, the synod has allotted more than $1 million to relief efforts stemming from the Nov. 8 natural disaster.
So far, $600,000 had been granted for everything from food distribution and temporary shelter to cash-for-work programs, the rebuilding of homes and restoring the livelihood of those affected. Money also has gone toward aiding Lutheran Church pastors in the Philippines, many of them on the island of Leyte.
“We saw the incredible need and suffering of the people,” said the Rev. Ross Johnson, synod director of disaster response. His organization includes more than 2 million members spread across 6,200 congregations. “This is a way that we as Lutherans are able to love those who are suffering in the time of their deepest needs.”