Hurricane Ian

A Report From the Florida Georgia District – Posted 10/12/2022

Special message from James Rockey, President
FLGA District, LCMS:

First, I thank you for the prayers, encouragement, and communications. You have reminded me, as I have reminded others throughout the FL-GA District, that we are not alone, and that the Lord will carry us through!

As of this writing, we now know that we have at least a dozen churches with varying degrees of damage. This damage ranges from approximately $50,000 to several hundred. In many cases, the damage is either below their deductible or they have no coverage i.e., no flood insurance, etc.

In addition, we now have requests for assistance from more than 60 workers (pastors, teachers etc.) and anticipate that we may reach 100 with need for assistance. We have several homes with flooding and only one of those with flood insurance. Most of the damage in the others is due to wind (lost roofs) and resulting water damage.

We rejoice that we have the partnership and support of LCMS Disaster Response. Ross Johnson was onsite with me and my District Disaster Response Coordinator, Jay Wendland last weekend. We are seeking to be able to assist affected churches with grants of up to $20,000 with half from our District (funds we anticipate coming in) and half from LCMS-DR. With the workers, we are seeking to assist them with grants up to $7,000 with half from FLGA and half from LCMS-DR.

Your financial support and prayers are greatly appreciated! I especially ask for prayers for our church workers as they both care for their flocks and communities, while also dealing with their own losses.

Give money directly to the FLGA Disaster Response fund at https://flgadistrict.org/give/


A Report From the Florida Georgia District – Posted 10/3/2022

Most of the reports coming in are from churches and schools with typical storm damage- loss of power, downed trees and fences, and roof damage.  

Two areas were hit the hardest.  Ft. Myers and the communities along the southwest coast have major wind and water damage, and the communities on the northeast side of Orlando are dealing with flooding.  The extent of the damage is still being assessed, but it’s abundantly clear that the list of those needing assistance will continue to grow.   

Many have already asked how they can help

Those interested in supporting relief efforts for the FLGA and SELC schools in Florida can do one of two things:

  • Give money directly to the FLGA Disaster Response fund at https://flgadistrict.org/give/
  • Collect gift cards for stores like Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, and chain restaurants

Mail gift cards to:

Florida Georgia District
5850 T.G. Lee Blvd Suite 500
Orlando FL 32822

All disaster response donations go directly to schools and congregations for cleanup efforts such as roof repair, tree removal, water damage mitigation, fencing and other supply needs.  Gift cards will be distributed to staff and families. 

Thank you for all of your prayers.  What a blessing to be part of a Christian community that loves and cares for each other.  Continue to pray that the love of Jesus shines brightly through the response to this disaster.  This is an opportunity to put love into action as we help and support those impacted by the storm!