Being Jesus in the midst of ashes, destruction, and loss

Friday, August 10, 2018
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Samaritan's Purse disaster relief in Carr Fire (Aug2018)As victims of the deadly Carr Fire in northern California sift through the ashes, they are finding compassionate disaster relief volunteers who are standing by their side.

The Christian ministry Samaritan's Purse has teams on the ground helping people to find any salvageable items from their burned-down homes in the Redding area. Chaplains are also ministering to victims. Tim Hass, who is coordinating the response for Samaritan's Purse, gives an example of the difficulties facing homeowners.

"We cried with a homeowner yesterday who begged the guard at the cross point to be able to go back to get her puppy and her cat – and the guard could not let her back in, [telling her] Ma'am, this is dangerous to your life," says Hass. "And so these homeowners don't know if their puppy or their cat has survived."

According to Hass, the ministry will be working this disaster for quite a while.

"This is a long-term event and for those [sensing that] God is tugging on their heart to be able to do something, pray about it," he tells OneNewsNow. "I have no idea what God will do through [them] but I know that he wants to reach the people of Redding, California, with the love of Jesus, with people who are being Jesus with skin on to them.

"The ministry of presence, [just] being with them, is really what these people need more than anything right now."

Information is available online for those interested in volunteering.


Photo credit: Samaritan's Purse

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