News – Disaster Relief
Churches in Paradise and Magalia continue to minister after devastating fires
The Camp Fire virtually destroyed the towns of Paradise and Magalia, miraculously sparing the Southern Baptist churches there.
As late season fires continue to burn in both Southern and Northern California, California Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief teams are activated and partnering with churches and associations to be the “hands and feet of Jesus” during this crisis
California Southern Baptists have found themselves dispensing hope amid the death, destruction and weariness caused by more than a dozen wildfires burning across the state.
Members of First Bilingual Baptist Church serve their community.
California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief chaplaincy teams have begun providing spiritual and emotional counseling to survivors of Northern California’s Carr fire, which started on July 23 and rapidly grew over the weekend to consume more than 98,000 acres.
Deadly mudslides driven by intense rain evacuated Springs of Life Church Jan. 9, just a month after it served as a staging area for firefighters battling the massive Thomas wildfire. The Southern Baptist church sits just inside a mandatory evacuation area, according to the Santa Barbara County Joint Information Center, where walls of mud rushed parched, barren land unable to absorb sudden torrential rains before daybreak Jan. 9.
When the massive Thomas wildfire rushed the boundaries of Springs of Life Baptist Church in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 5, pastor Doug Jones was onsite with firefighters and others working to save the church, nearby homes and livestock.
With five wildfires burning in California, the latest in Los Angeles, Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on standby and several church facilities are unreachable, ministry leaders there told Baptist Press.
As firefighters gained ground against the Northern California blaze Gov. Jerry Brown called perhaps “the greatest tragedy” the state “has ever faced,” Southern Baptist disaster relief crews began feeding, cleanup and chaplaincy work today (Oct. 17).