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What Does Hope Look Like? (A Response to Hurricane Sally)

The Rev. Jill Henning - October 06, 2020
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What does hope look like?

Well in this case hope looks like a person, Pastor Hope Knobler. 

Following Hurricane Sally, Pastor Hope Knobler, pastor of Grace Lutheran in Gulf Shores, Alabama, has been literally living her name in the community bringing hope to her congregation, her community and to those who are the least of these in that devastated area.  Pastor Hope, who also serves on the Southeastern Synod Disaster Committee and is active in her local VOAD organization (Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster), knew that once the storm had past, that beyond the thousands without power and who were facing down trees across the community, there were others for whom this storm would add just additional hardship to their very difficult lives.  Pastor Hope’s knowledge of where small communities of people, who live on unpaved roads that aren’t officially on the maps, has been invaluable to bringing relief to those whom might otherwise be forgotten. 
 

Because of Pr. Knobler's relationships in the community she was able to introduce herself to neighbors who barely have shelter, offering them a listening ear and helping them to determine what their needs were following the storm.  Sometimes hope is a bottle of water, sometimes it’s connecting a family with the Southeastern Synod’s partner in Disaster Response, Inspiritus, to help them get trees off their homes.  Sometimes hope is a person with a chainsaw, sometimes it is a person who can help find shelter, sometimes it’s a pastor willing to drive all over the area checking in with folks who might otherwise be forgotten. 
 

Hope also comes in donations to the Southeastern Synod Disaster Committee to assist Pastor Hope, Inspiritus, and volunteers being God’s hands in this devastated area.  As we prepare for yet another storm facing the Gulf Coast your donation may mean that we can continue to bring hope to those in need.
 

Give to Disaster Response via our synod website or through Inspiritus:

Give through ELCA Southeastern Synod Disaster Response HERE.

Give through Inspiritus HERE.