SPEcial APPeal - LEbanon

The following special appeal is being forwarded for your consideration from the Synod Office.

August 8, 2020

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's (ELCIC) National Bishop

Susan C. Johnson urges members to pray for all who have been affected by the recent devastation in Lebanon and to support relief efforts.

"We pray for all those impacted by the recent events in Lebanon." says Bishop Johnson. "All those who have been injured, those who worry and wait for news of loved ones, for all who work to bring relief and aid.  Supporting this appeal is a chance for us to show our love for our neighbors in a tangible way."

It is estimated that the explosion on August 4, 2020 of a warehouse in the port of Beirut has left at least 100 people dead and thousands injured.  More than 300,000 have lost their homes.

ELCIC's partner Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is accepting donations to assist with the response to the Lebanese crisis.  This morning the Government of Canada announced a plan to match donations made to provide assistance to the people of Lebanon following the disaster that devastated the city of Beirut this week.

The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, announced that the donations from individual Canadians made through organizations such as CLWR before August 24 would be matched by the government, up to the maximum of $2 million.

"We’re so grateful for the Canadian government’s rapid response to this unimaginable crisis," said Karin Achtelstetter, Executive Director of Canadian Lutheran World Relief. "We’re deeply concerned about this situation, where 300,000 people have suddenly become homeless in a country already dealing with an economic crisis and a pandemic. We urge Canadians to follow the Government’s lead in responding generously, and especially in taking advantage of this matching fund to make their gifts provide as much life-saving relief as possible.” 

CLWR is responding to the devastation through its local partners in ACT Alliance who are on the ground in Lebanon, who are focused on life-saving immediate needs including shelter, food, clean water and trauma care.

Individuals and congregations wishing to support relief efforts can donate as follows:

  • Make a designated offering donation for “Lebanon Crisis” through any ELCIC congregation.
  • Call CLWR at 1-800-661-2597 to donate by credit card or go online at


  • Send a cheque made payable to CLWR, mailing to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to “Lebanon Crisis.”