In this Skype report from the Detroit airport, Deaconess Pamela Nielsen of LCMS Communications talks with two of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) disaster response team members who left Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, for the Philippines — the Rev. Ross Johnson, director of LCMS Disaster Response, and the Rev. Michael Meyer, manager of LCMS Disaster Response. The eight-member team will provide immediate relief and begin planning for the long-term recovery in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands of people and ravaged parts of the island nation on Nov. 8. The objectives of the trip are to begin working in collaboration with members of the Lutheran Church in the Philippines, an LCMS partner church, and LCMS staff located in the region, as well as to get a firsthand accounting from the field of the needs.

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