LCEF’s Kaleidoscope Fund Announced a Grant of $250,000 to LCMS Disaster Response

September 1, 2017 | Posted by LCEF

The Kaleidoscope Fund, a granting program established by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), has announced a $250,000 grant to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Disaster Response ministry.

The grant is intended for the sole purpose of providing assistance to individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey. LCMS Disaster Response walks alongside disaster victims to provide emergency and long-term relief.

The LCEF Board of Directors expeditiously approved a proposal provided by LCEF’s leadership in support of the needs of those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

In addition, the Kaleidoscope Fund will grant up to an incremental $100,000 to LCEF borrowers (both ministries and Rostered Church Workers) who have been affected by the storm.

The Greater Houston metropolitan area received nearly two feet of rain, causing catastrophic inland flooding. Reporter, the official newspaper of the LCMS, communicated, “A number of LCMS churches, members, pastors and teachers — and at least one school — have reported damages.”

Lutheran South Academy in Houston was the hardest hit with two feet of water in its buildings and “eight staff members and at least 30 families with students at the school have water damage to their homes.”

Both Rich Robertson, LCEF President and CEO, and Larry Crume, LCEF Vice President – National Lending, have been in close contact with Gregg Pinick, CEO of Lutheran Education Association of Houston. Pinick told Robertson and Crume that he “is hopeful they will be able to resume classes in two weeks.”

The worst is not over. Pinick said, “They are releasing water into neighborhoods to relieve pressure from levees so more homes will be flooded in the days to come.”

“Clearly,” Robertson said in his announcement about the grant, “the greatest gift we can give them is an abundance of prayers as they navigate through the many challenges ahead.”

Robertson encourages everyone to consider how to respond to the needs of Harvey victims. “Your gift no matter how big or small will make a difference.”

LCEF, a non-profit organization, has served as the financial extension of the LCMS since 1978, offering funding and resources to congregations, schools and rostered church workers through investment support of LCMS members.

The mission of LCEF is to support the Church in fulfilling its mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ by being a Christ-centered servant partner of the LCMS, ensuring that funds and services are available now and in the future.