Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a new respiratory infection, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). So far, more than 12 million people around the world have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 500,000 people have died, according to WHO.
Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) is responding to this pandemic here in the United States and around the world.
Since January 2020, we have supported 45 responses in 34 countries around the world, plus five global responses, that address a wide range of needs, from supplying personal protective equipment and medical equipment; to provision of food and other necessary supplies; to water, sanitization and hygiene and awareness education. Additionally, 28 synods and three social ministry organizations have received LDR support for congregational feeding ministries, such as food pantries, hot meal delivery and meal distribution.
For up-to-date information on responses, please follow the LDR blog.
What you can do:
Please pray for our nation and the world as we face uncertainties. May God's healing presence bring peace and hope in this time of need. Pray that God will deliver comfort to those who mourn the loss of loved ones and strength to those who are working diligently to care for affected communities. For more prayer suggestions, click here.
Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response’s general account enable us to respond quickly whenever and wherever disaster strikes. Give now.
To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response: