“The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” (Psalms 34:17-18 NLT).
Since the Golden State’s fires have been contained, they have also died down in the news, but for thousands of displaced people, the tragedy is anything but over.
The Camp Fire, Carr Fire, Woolsey Fire, Ranch Fire in Mendocino, and Ferguson Fire are more than mere names or former news reels for thousands of people who have lost homes or loved ones.
Reports have been estimating that just under two million acres were burned. Houses and buildings destroyed numbered in the tens of thousands. Whole neighborhoods seemed as if they had simply been wiped away.
Camp Fire was the most costly disaster world-wide in 2018, according to Munich Re, a German-based reinsurance company.
Far more important than statistics or studies, though, are the people who must continue to grapple with loss.
Stories have poured out about California residents struggling with health issues due to the smoke and air pollution, mourning a family member lost in the chaos, or returning to find a crumbling foundation and charred walls where their home once stood.
Many of the wonderful people who are supporters of World Challenge were caught in these fires or have family members and friends affected by these natural disasters. We are heartbroken by the staggering losses so many are facing.
Would you please join us in praying for everyone and their loved ones who must continue to contend with the aftermath of these California fires?
For those who have been affected by the fires, we would be honored to pray for your needs and heart-hurts. Please let us know how we can pray for you or if we can help you in another way.
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If you would like to send a more private message to us, you can use our contact page and note under ‘Category’ that this is a prayer request.
“God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4 NLT).