Updated Sept 2, 2021
Pastor Andy Schlund, brother of Trinity, Algona’s Pastor Tom Schlund, serves St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Orleans and he shared that he and other pastors in the New Orleans area have been communicating and are working together to set up a relief center at Atonement Lutheran Church, Metairie LA as it is centrally located where much of the damage occurred. He directed me to Rose Schutt, DCE at Atonement Lutheran, who is working with the disaster response.
I contacted Rose and discussed how we could best help. Next, I contacted Gene Menzel, Southern District Education Executive. He provided a current list of immediate needs which I will be ordering and shipping directly to them.
Gene shared in an email that assessments continue to be made after the effects of Hurricane Ida! President Turner has also been in contact with Southern District President Eric Johnson. It appears that buildings of our Lutheran churches and schools fared pretty well through Ida. However, there is significant clean-up due to trees down and damages to roofs and fences. It is anticipated that electrical power will not be restored for at least three weeks and likely up to a month. It remains to be seen how families will cope with no air conditioning unless they have a large generator. It is likely that families will look for places to evacuate to for temporary refuge. Cellular service and internet service is very limited in the area at this time. Also, gasoline is very limited in the hard hit areas.
If you or your congregation wish to provide financial support, please make a check to IDW-Ida Relief and send to:
Iowa District West
409 Kenyon Road Suite B
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
You can also support directly to the LCMS Synod Disaster Relief.
On the memo line or enclosed note, please indicate how you would like your gift to be used. (Disaster Response – where needed most, wildfire relief, hurricane relief, etc.)
Make check payable and mail to:
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-68
Please pray for the people affected by this disaster. Thank You,
Ellie Menz | IDW Disaster Response Coordinator | 515-370-1159 | email@example.com