Monday, October 22, 2007

Southern California Fires Threaten, Destroy Churches

This bulletin was just released from Transformation Ministries:

October 22, 2007

Southern California, from Santa Barbara to Lake Arrowhead to San Diego, is in the grip of severe wind-driven wildfires, threatening hundreds of homes and thousands of acres. More than 10 fires are reported in San Diego County alone. In many areas, the use of firefighting aircraft has been suspended due to high winds.

Many Transformation Ministries churches are located in or near the areas impacted by the fire. At this time, we have had no reports of damage to any of our church properties or to that of our church members. We praise God for that and trust that God will continue to protect the firefighters, residents, and property in the affected areas.

You and/or your church may wish to donate cash to assist Transformation Ministries churches and our members who may be impacted by the fire. These donations will be used to assist those families who may be displaced to obtain temporary housing, food, replacement clothing, and other essentials while they are out of their homes. Other needs will be assessed at a later time. We pray that the number will be small and that there will be no injuries or loss of life. Please send your donation to: Transformation Ministries, Attn: SoCal wildfires, 970 S. Village Oaks Drive, Suite 101, Covina, CA 91724.

If you are aware of members of your church or community that your church is assisting, please notify Paul Bennett at (800) 299-3448, extension 878, or Lorena Rosales, extension 891. Tell us of the need and how we may support your relief efforts.

We will seek to use all donations to assist families and persons impacted by the fires. In the past, the funds available have exceeded the need for assistance. Should there be an excess of monies, that excess will be added to the Pastors Emergency Fund to assist pastors and church staff members who experience emergencies.

For those who will attend the Transforming Churches Conference beginning October 25 through 27, the offering taken at the Conference will be to assist wildfire victims. You may also speak to me at the Conference with questions or needs related to the fires.

Blessings in Jesus' name,

Steven L. Roblee Minister of Mission Advancement Transformation Ministries Toll Free: (800)299-3448, ext. 879 Direct: (626)408-3879

I noted on Mark Roberts' blog that the church destroyed in Malibu was the outstanding evangelical Malibu Presbyterian. Read the full story with pictures here.

No comments: