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Situation Report #2: Crisis in the Holy Land


Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem. Photo: Albin Hillert/Life on Earth

The humanitarian crisis continues to worsen – almost 70% of Gazan residents are displaced, and resources such as food, water and medical supplies are in short supply. The death toll has far surpassed those of previous conflicts in the region in recent decades.




Lutheran Disaster Response is supporting:

  • Augusta Victoria Hospital. The hospital is procuring medical supplies and providing accommodation for patients and staff unable to return to their homes in Gaza.
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. The church is providing emergency education support for families who have lost income due to the war and are unable to pay school fees.
  • ACT Alliance. Through implementing partners Lutheran World Federation and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, ACT Alliance is responding to immediate needs for psychosocial support, shelter, household items, public health centers and direct cash assistance, focusing on the Palestinian communities in Gaza, East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
  • Salam Arabic Church and Mother of the Savior Church. The churches are providing psychosocial support groups for Palestinians in communities in Brooklyn, NY and Dearborn, MI. The groups focus on practicing empathy, spiritual practices and contemplation activities. They specifically tackle concerns related to the current situation in Palestine and potential anxiety caused by it.


Be part of the response:

Please pray for those impacted by the humanitarian crisis in the Holy Land. May God’s healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need.

Thanks to generous donations, Lutheran Disaster Response is able to respond quickly and effectively to disasters around the globe. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response will be used to assist people impacted by conflict in the Middle East.

To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response:

  • Visit the “Crisis in the Holy Land” resource page.
  • Sign up to receive Lutheran Disaster Response alerts.
  • Check the Lutheran Disaster Response blog.
  • Like Lutheran Disaster Response on Facebook and follow @ELCA_LDR on Instagram.