Compassion Opportunities

Hurricane Florence Update

Eastern North Carolina felt the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence in September 2018.  The areas hardest hit by the high winds and the flooding are still in need of volunteers to help repair and rebuild the damaged homes.

Many families are living in temporary trailers. Some are in apartments or renting homes while continuing to make mortgage payments on a house in which they can no longer live. They are patient, sometimes weary, often teary, and are working to not lose heart. There are still people waiting for compassionate, helping hands to bring a word of hope – a word of Easter.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re skilled with power tools or have never even picked up a hammer —your willing hands and caring heart are needed to help families return to their homes.

You could be one of those people who comes for a couple of days or a week to make a difference in the lives of another…

Wanda has a local farm and is hoping that we will help replace her flooring.

The Johnsons need help with dry wall installation, cabinets, and trim work.

A military family who served as essential personnel during and after the storm.

Opportunities to Help    -   The Southeastern District has identified four 1-week periods where we will be sponsoring teams of up to twenty volunteers each for very specific work projects. If you are interested in coming for a few days or an entire week, we have something very special that you can do.

Jacksonville NC: May 13-18 and May 20-25

We have identified 10 projects near Calvary Lutheran Church in Jacksonville where help is needed to make it possible for several people to return to their homes: wallboard, mudding, painting, trim work, and installing appliances are examples. Joel and Kathy Mathews from Mercy in Action will be the on-site supervisors. Volunteers will be housed in a hotel (two in a room). Arrangements have been made for 10 hotel rooms for each week. Volunteers are responsible for their own meals.

To register, go to

New Bern NC: June 2-8 and June 16-22

Our work in the New Bern area will help restore homes for two families and assist with several other projects. Participants will be staying at New Hope Village (Neuse Forest Presbyterian Church). There is a $125 fee for housing and meals (minus one evening). All tools and materials will be at the work site and ready for you. We are working with the Fuller Rebuilders in this project. DCE Ryan Radke will be on site June 2-8 and Rev. Don Schaefer will be there during June 16-22. To register, go to

It is important that you identify the group name as The Southeastern District, LCMS.

Grants from LCMS Disaster Response and North Carolina Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Fund are helping fund this work. Most importantly, the gifts you provided in response to the great need is continuing to provide resources to help families return to their homes.


Thank you and for your willingness to keep these displaced families both here and in every area of disaster in prayer.