Dangerous wildfires and brush fires have burned across California early October. There are nearly 310,000 people evacuated, 3,000 homes and businesses have been destroyed, and more than 396,893 acres were burned. The largest fires were in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties, with the fire rapidly moving through the beautiful landscape.
As Christians we place our hope in Christ, so please be praying for those who are evacuated, those who have lost homes, and those who are bravely fighting the fires. We know that God redeems all things, and we pray for the redemption of these areas, that the fires would cease.
For those who feel called to step into more, you can head to The Salvation Army webpage to donate to those in Northern California.
For the Ventura County Fires, head to Reality Ventura’s website HERE.
It’s easy to feel detached from a disaster when it does not directly affect you. But ROCKHARBOR Church, we want to encourage you to stay engaged in what’s happening in Texas and Florida. We aim to be a community who prays as a first response, not a last option. Many of you have family and friends who have been significantly affected by Hurricane Harvey & irma. We are deeply saddened by the devastation brought by the storms and our hearts go out to all who have been affected. We continue to seek the Lord in prayer. As a church, we are working on other ways we might be able to tangibly respond and help with the affected area’s long-term recovery.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall early morning on August 26th, 2017 as a category 4 hurricane. This record-breaking storm has wreaked havoc on the residents of Texas for the last week, dropping nearly 40 inches of rain. This is the strongest storm Texas has seen since Hurricane Carla in 1961. Flooding has continued as the rains keep falling and many people have evacuated seeking shelter in surrounding areas. There is a confirmed loss of life, critical injuries, and missing persons.
In times like these, it is imperative that we do not sit idly by.
We know that the Holy Spirit is powerful and can work in miraculous ways in situations such as these. Here is how you can step in to help those suffering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey & Irma:
1. Begin to Pray. We know that our God hears our prayers. That’s true of us in Orange County and those in Texas and Florida. Our first response is to pray for the rains to stop; the water to reside; families to be taken care of amidst the tragedy; for those who are in still in danger, to be rescued; lastly for the relief effort to bring swift healing.
2. Give. If you feel compelled to give to relief efforts happening in Texas and Florida consider giving to either of these organizations:
- Samaritan’s Purse has been around for many years serving as a relief organization through many world disasters. Although their ministries reach many other areas of global ministry, they are stepping into the crisis created by Hurricane Harvey & Irma in really practical ways. They are also looking for volunteers to help with relief. Check out their relief efforts HERE.
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- Preemptive Love Coalition is an organization that seeks peacemaking as a way to enter into solving issues around the world. Giving local leaders the leg up to help their communities through Love and empowerment. They are engaging Texas with a coalition of churches, mosques, synagogues, and local experts to help alleviate the effects of Hurricane Harvey. They are taking donations for relief efforts HERE.