Rev. Glenn Merritt talks with delegates from Japan

The first ever International Disaster Response Conference for Lutherans was held in Saint Louis at the International Center on October 17 – 21, 2011. The conference has participants from 20 LCMS Districts and 15 countries including: Japan, South Korea, Haiti, Australia, New Zeeland, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Liberia, Chile, South Africa, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and the United States.

The many recent, large natural disasters that either involved or were responded to by the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, her Districts, and her international partners, created the need for this conference. Rev. Glenn Merritt, Director of Disaster Response for the LCMS Office of International Mission, remarked, “The overwhelming emphasis at the first ever International Disaster Response Conference for Lutherans is one of cooperation and a sense of a global community of Lutherans joining hands to meet the needs of those affected by disasters worldwide.”

President Samuel of the India Evangelical Lutheran Church (IELC) Addresses the Conference

Agenda for International Disaster Response Conference (3)

— Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, Director of Church Relations