In response to the Hamas attacks in southern Israel on October 7 and Israel’s declaration of war against Hamas, including the ongoing siege of Gaza, the ELCA offers the following statements from some of our Lutheran and global partners in the region. We invite you to read these statements and join us in prayer.

Letter from Bishop Dr. Sani-Ibrahim Azar

Letter to Bishop Dr. Sani-Ibrahim Azar from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Statement from the Lutheran World Federation 

Statement from Presiding Bishop Eaton on Israel-Hamas War

Statement from ELCA on Young Adults in Global Mission in the Holy Land

ELCA Resources on Israel-Hamas War

God, our refuge and strength, you have bound us together in a common life. In all our conflicts, help us to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, to listen for your voice amid competing claims, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 76).

Lutheran Disaster Response has a history of providing support for our partners and anticipates answering calls for assistance when the time comes. The ELCA has long-standing relationships with many partners in the region, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and Augusta Victoria Hospital, which is operated by the Lutheran World Federation. 

The most pressing needs that Lutheran Disaster Response and their partners can address are food, water and medical supplies. Support for hospitals will be another priority as the need for medical assistance continues to grow. Additionally, Lutheran Disaster Response is coordinating with the Arab and Middle Eastern Ministries desk to provide interfaith emotional and spiritual care support for communities in the United States. Gifts to “Middle East Crisis” will be used to address humanitarian needs in the region. The North/West Lower Michigan Synod has sent $5,000 to Lutheran Disaster Response to assist with this crisis. Give Now.