September 16, 2020

Published September 16, 2020 by St Matthews Lutheran Church in Daily Message

Fueled by a heat wave and unfavorable winds, wildfires have erupted across California, Oregon, Washington and other western states. At least 20 people have died, hundreds of thousands of people are under evacuation orders and more than 3.5 million acres have burned across the three states. Some evacuees face the difficult decision of whether to stay in a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with at least three Lutheran social services agencies and five synods to assess the situation and determine the best ways to respond. We expect immediate needs may include food and other necessities, as well as emotional and spiritual care for those who have been traumatized.

Your gifts will support wildfire survivors. Gifts to “U.S. wildfires” will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by wildfires, until the response is complete. Or make a gift to “Lutheran Disaster Response” so we can respond to disasters whenever and wherever they strike.

We pray, Father, for communities, for families, for neighborhoods, and businesses devastated by wildfires. We ask that your spirit would pour itself out over the land, to protect the most vulnerable and in need, and see them to safety. Protect those on the ground, nearest to the danger and destruction. Provide the peace and faith that can only come with the work of your Son, Jesus, through your Holy Spirit. Amen.