Most of you are aware of the recent wildfire tragedy that ravaged numerous communities in Southern California. The Blue Cut fire in the San Gabriel mountains and high desert north of San Bernardino has scorched 37,000 acres, destroying 105 homes, 213 other structures, and wreaked havoc in the lives of scores of individuals throughout the area. Lasting from August 16th to August 23rd, the fire displaced 82,000 people in forced evacuations; some of which came back to homes, jobs, and townships left in embers - including 1 member of our Phelan church who lost their home in the fire.
While the fire has faded from the media spotlight, scores of people still remain affected by the disaster, and will continue to be even after the physical scars of the fire have receded. In the midst of this chaos, our churches in the high desert and San Bernardino communities are faced with the opportunity to very tangibly display the compassion of Christ both within their own fellowship and to the larger communities in which God has planted them.
Pastor Brian Graley of Hesperia Nazarene has spearheaded a partnership with Pastor Jeff Mosley of Phelan Nazarene to bring relief to those affected by the fire in their connected areas. They are currently collecting and distributing food and hygiene products to the areas around Hesperia and Phelan. If you would like to be involved, please contact either Pastor Brian (619-708-7246) or Pastor Jeff (760-868-5646) to see what needs remain unfulfilled.
Additionally, as with most natural disasters, there remains significant needs arising on a daily basis which can only be met with monetary donations. If you would like to be financially involved, we have set up a Razoo account (similar to GoFundMe or Kickstarter, but specifically designed for non-profit organizations) to raise money to assist our San Bernardino and high desert churches in providing for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the community. Please click HERE to visit the Razoo fund site or HERE to get more information on the healing process.
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