ReachGlobal Crisis Response is partnering with the Western District of the EFCA in response to wildfires in Northern California. There are six EFCA congregations located in proximity to the fires. Church buildings were spared, but the communities suffered destruction.
This is the beginning of a long-term process of community restoration, but the churches are now helping their displaced families and planning for the next stages of recovery, including clean-up, assisting with trauma care and other relational needs.
For updates, follow @efcacrisisresponse on Instagram (The above photo was sent by Jim Hill, pastor of Glen Ellen Community Church (EFCA) between Napa and Santa Rosa, California).
Join the response efforts
- For church leaders to have wisdom in how to lead the church and their communities in response to this tragedy.
- For the church bodies and communities who have lost their homes to the fire and for many displaced and awaiting word on their houses.
- For compassionate outreach by local churches to those finding shelter in their facilities.
- For wisdom in assessing the damage and for the Western District and ReachGlobal Crisis Response in determining next steps.
Invest financially to help the families affected by the wildfires and ongoing Crisis Response outreach by giving online or mail a check to:
901 East 78th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55420-1300
Designate the check with the memo: Crisis Response Account 21709-39285
Because of the multiple natural disasters, the Crisis Response team is spread thin. We are looking for individuals interested in serving as a part of our response team for the longer term. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about these opportunities. Churches or individuals who are considering organizing teams should email email@example.com to be put on a list for the future, if the local churches decide that outside resources are needed for the response.
The mission of EFCA ReachGlobal Crisis Response
We exist to develop, empower and release the Body of Christ to share His love in times of crisis for multiplying transformational churches among all people.
To advance this mission, Crisis Response seeks to aid in the development and transformation of:
- Local churches as they will be in the community long after the crisis ends.
- Homeowners in the affected areas, who can then transform their neighborhoods.
- Volunteers as they take what they have learned home to affect their own churches and communities with the gospel message.