Hey everyone pray you have a blessed Thanksgiving with your family. On Monday I was on the road with Calvary Disaster Relief to Yuba City to meet with Pastor Kevin Fitzgerald to see how we might help with relief efforts in his community. We made our way to Calvary Chapel Oroville to meet with Pastor Bob Scott who lost his home and all his possessions in the fire. From there we made our way up to Calvary Chapel Chico to meet with Pastor Sam Allen who has opened the church grounds to facilitate Samaritans Purse and the Billy Graham Association. All of these were productive meeting for us and gave us a better grasp on what the relief needs will be going forward. Calvary Yuba City is planning a Christmas Outreach in their community for those displaced by the fire. Calvary Oroville will be available as a staging area for future relief and Calvary Chico continues to be a resource hub for relief efforts close to Paradise. Please keep Calvary Disaster Relief in your prayers as we plan for the long haul. We are committed to provide resources as well as teams for the "Camp Fire" effort as soon as the area is opened up for us to be on the ground. Your financial support is greatly appreciated, go to calvarydisasterrelief.org is you would like to help out financially. Take a minute and view this video we put together with Calvary Magazine.
Pastor John Snoderly
At least 63 are now dead from a Northern California wildfire, and officials say they have a missing persons list with 631 names on it in an ever-evolving accounting of the missing after the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century.
The high number of missing people probably includes some who fled the blaze and didn't realize they had been reported missing, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said. He added that he was making the list public so people could see if they were on it and let authorities know they were safe.
"The chaos that we were dealing with was extraordinary," Honea said of the early crisis hours last week. "Now we're trying to go back out and make sure that we're accounting for everyone."
Some 52,000 people were displaced to shelters, the homes of friends and relatives, to motels — and to a Walmart parking lot and an adjacent field in Chico, a dozen miles away from the ashes.
CALVARY CHAPEL OROVILLE AND CALVARY CHAPEL CHICO ARE ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR THE RELIEF EFFORT.
The community of Paradise CA was literally burned to the ground, thousands have been left homeless and the fire is only about 30% contained. Most people need food, gas, clothing and housing. We continue to pray for those needs and especially temporary housing.
2Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Last year California recorded its worse fire year in history, as of this evening - in just four (4) days, 2018 has become the most devastating year of fire in California's history again. At this hour 25 people are dead and 100's are missing. At a burn rate of 80 football fields per minute (80) - that is 90 acres in 60 seconds -, there is no way to outrun the flames and the lack of oxygen and the intense heat has been fatal. the loss of horses, cattle and wildlife is staggering. Please pray for California and pray for the relief efforts that will be needed in the days and weeks ahead. Also that this terrible, ongoing disaster might cause people to turn to our only hope - Jesus Christ.