UPDATE – We have been informed by LWR that some of the items destroyed in Beirut were from MLLC. We can know this because there are tracking labels on the boxes we send to Lutheran World Relief. It helps us know where things have gone, and it helps LWR to manage their shipments. We are saddened by the loss of life, the injuries, along with the the loss of homes and businesses. We are also saddened by the loss of relief supplies which were prepared by the people of MLLC.
On the evening of August 4, 2020, a ship full of approximately 2,700 tons of agricultural fertilizer exploded at the port of Beirut, Lebanon. This explosion killed over 200 people and injured over 4,000 people. Thousands of buildings were damaged or destroyed. Various other ships at the port were damaged or destroyed, and their cargoes ruined.
One of the ships destroyed was one carrying items brought to Lebanon by Lutheran World Relief (LWR). Approximately $624,000 worth of relief supplies were destroyed. Items in the destroyed shipment included 22,000 quilts, along with numerous school kits and health kits. These quilts and kits are the sort which are made by our quilting group and the Women of the ELCA at MLLC. The loss of these supplies will make the relief efforts more challenging for our ministry partners at LWR
Here is an article about this disaster as it relates to Lutheran World Relief supplies. Click Link.
Thankfully there are ways to help those who have lost so much due to this industrial disaster. The quickest way to help is through financial giving. You can give online at: Click this link.
You can mail a check to:
Lutheran World Relief
PO Box 17061
Baltimore, MD 21297-1061
Another way to help is to work on the projects to make quilts, health kits and school kits for Lutheran World Relief. Contact the church office about work days, project requirements, and other ways you can participate in these works of love for our neighbors around the world.