Tuesday, October 30, 2007

California Wildfires, Saddleback rallies to help

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP)--Three of the 18 fires that ravaged Southern California in recent days scorched portions of the valley where Saddleback Valley Community Church is located.

Saddleback's facilities escaped the rampaging flames. But the crisis lit a fire of urgency for Saddleback members as they mobilized for disaster relief efforts to provide food, housing, comfort and counseling.

Warren noted that Saddleback's counselors seek to encourage fire victims in five ways:
  • release the grief.
  • receive help from others.
  • refuse to be bitter.
  • remember what's important.
  • rely on God.
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Monday, October 29, 2007

Videos Featuring Disaster Relief in California Wildfires

I'm very thankful for the tireless efforts of my fellow Southern Baptists. View videos or download to show in your church at http://www.namb.net/cafiresvideo

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief in California

FRESNO, Calif. (BP)—Southern California’s wildfires, which burst to fury over the weekend, have destroyed an estimated 1,300 homes in seven counties thus far -– and prompted the evacuation of 350,000 homes, killed two people and injured several dozen others, including at least 16 firefighters, according to news reports.

Three California Southern Baptist disaster relief feeding teams were called up Monday, Oct. 22, in response to the wildfires which stretch from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
By all estimates, containment of the fires, which have been fueled by fierce winds and high temperatures, remains days away.