Following is a message shared by the bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod, ELCA, Bishop Mark Holmerud to his synod. We share it with you here as it gives a closer look at what is happening as a result of this disaster.
“I traveled to Chico, California yesterday to worship with Pr. Ben Ireta Colahan and the saints of Faith Lutheran. We were joined by the saints of Paradise Lutheran Church, most of whom have lost their homes in the wake of the Camp Fire. Pr. Rod Platte was able to share the news that although the parsonage at Paradise Lutheran was destroyed, the sanctuary and other buildings apparently survived.
The stories of the people who were forced to flee their homes and saw their town being destroyed are compelling. Their faith and hope is inspiring. Lutheran Disaster Response and Lutheran Social Services will be walking alongside of these families in the long process of rebuilding. Smoke and ash-fall are making breathing difficult throughout most of the area, as evidenced by the orange glow of the sunlight pictured on the sanctuary well. Please keep your prayers and support coming.
We are asking those who want to help to give to LSS and LDR – here are the websites:”