Lutheran Disaster Response – Pacific Typhoon

Typhoon Haiyan
REUTERS / Zander Casas


The Situation:

One of the most powerful storms ever recorded, Super Typhoon Haiyan, crashed across the central islands of the Philippines. With winds of over 200 miles per hour and torrential rains, it has forced millions of people to flee their homes. Loss of lives and massive destruction has been confirmed.

Our Response:

We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. Through partnerships and as a member of ACT Alliance, Lutheran Disaster Response is responding to the most urgent needs of food, water, clothing, shelter, sleeping material and medicine. A rapid needs assessment will take place in the affected region. Possible assistance may also include helping those whose livelihood of fishing or farming has been destroyed.

Lutheran Disaster Response will continue to work, assessing the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by the typhoon. We know it will be a long road to recovery, and your gifts are needed to begin coordinating relief efforts. Your generous offerings of prayer and financial support will help those affected as they journey to recover.

What you can do:


As the communities work to recover, please keep them and those who work on their behalf in prayer. You can use these prayers and resources in your worship services.


Your donation to Lutheran Disaster Response, designated for “Pacific Typhoon Response,” will be used entirely (100 percent) to help families whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by this disaster. Donations from people like you allow the ELCA to respond to those in need.


To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response:

  • Use this bulletin insert to inform your congregation and encourage support for the Pacific Typhoon.
  • Sign up to receive Lutheran Disaster Response alerts.
  • Check the Lutheran Disaster Response blog.