As many of you may know, there are several wildfires raging in Northern California. Paul and I are fine and in no danger. The fires are two hours north of us, and all we deal with here is occasional smoke drifting in. However, there are tens of thousands that have been affected by these horrible fires.
In times like this, we can often find ourselves feeling helpless, wondering how we could possibly help with something so tragic. Well, I’m here to give you a few different options if you want to help in the relief efforts.
The first and most obvious thing is to pray. We really need the wind to calm down so that the firefighters can tame the flames. Right now, the wind is happening in gusts from every direction, so there’s no way the firefighters can predict how the fires will move or where they will spread. We also need rain. We’re deep in a five-year drought. It has only rained here about two or three times since May, and only for a few minutes each time. The combo of wind and dry earth is a bad one.
Past praying, there are many different ways you can donate to the relief efforts. If you are one of our many Nazarene friends, know that we have many Nazarenes in the area who have been evacuated and who have probably lost their homes. The Church of the Nazarene has set up a donation page to go toward the general relief efforts. You can click here to give.
If you’re not Nazarene or if you’re not interested in giving through a religious entity, this news article has a list of places that are doing various forms of relief in the area that you can give to.
I know there have been a lot of natural disaster lately, and you may have already given all you can to one of those. However, if you find that you feel as though you should help out with this particular disaster, I hope that this can help direct you toward a way of doing just that.
Thanks for all your love and support! As always, we appreciate each and every one of you!