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LCC supports Brazilian homeless

Partner church is providing relief to flooding victims

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thousands were left homeless by torrential rains in southern Brazil

BRAZIL - Over the past two months the area of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil has experienced heavy rainfall resulting in severe landslides and record water levels. Approximately 1.5 million people are reported affected in approximately 60 cities. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil (IELB), a partner of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) says 118 people lost their lives and 33,000 are homeless.

As part of its commitment to support partner churches, LCC forwarded C$10,000 to help with the long term relief efforts and reconstruction. Synod will also forward any additional funds collected by congregations to the Brazilian church.

One of the most affected cities was Itajaí, where 97 percent of the streets are under water. All IELB congregations in the state of Santa Catarina are engaged in taking food and clothes to the people who live in that circuit.

Pastor Éverson Gass from Blumenau reports that “this Christmas season will be different.” Some families of the congregation had to abandon their houses indefinitely.

To help support the reconstruction by the IELB, CLICK HERE or send a donation to 3074 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3K 0Y2.

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