Call for prayers following devastation of Hurricane Dorian

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson encourages individuals and congregations to pray for all who have been affected by the recent devastation of Hurricane Dorian.

“We pray for the people of the Bahamas, for the dead, for those who have been injured and their families, and for all who are without homes,” says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson. “We pray for the people on the east coast of the United States and Canada. We pray for all who work to bring relief and aid to all these affected areas.”

On September 1, 2019, Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas as a category 5, the strongest hurricane this side of the Caribbean. Moving slowly through the islands between September 1 and 3, the hurricane left a death toll over 43 people as of September 6, but this number is expected to rise as hundreds of people are still missing. The hurricane has left 70,000 people homeless on the islands.

In the United States, several cities were hit by the hurricane, including Cape Hatteras, North Caroline and other east coast states. Five deaths in that region were blamed on the storm so far. In Canada, Hurricane Dorian swept through parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, causing damage to trees, roofs and widespread loss of power throughout the area.

ELCIC’s partner, Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is responding to the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. Donations will support relief efforts in the Bahamas through ACT Alliance.

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

  • Make a designated offering donation for “Hurricane Dorian” through any ELCIC congregation.
  • Call CLWR at 1-800-661-2597 (locally at 204-694-6502) to donate by credit card or go online at
  • Send a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to “Hurricane Dorian.”