Chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are responding to wildfires in California for the second time in two months, as flames and smoke engulf large parts of multiple cities including Ventura and Los Angeles.
The largest fire broke out December 4th in Ventura (about an hour northwest of L.A.) and has spread with devastating speed, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee as hundreds of homes have burned to the ground.
“This wildfire season has already been so heartbreaking for the many who have been affected, and now California is dealing with yet another deadly and destructive inferno,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Rapid Response Team.
“Many will be in evacuation shelters, looking for some small shred of hope but fearing the worst. Others will find that everything they’ve worked for has been reduced to ash. In the midst of it all, our chaplains will share the comfort and peace of Jesus to those who are hurting.”
As the fires continue to burn, a team of chaplains from Southern California will initially focus on ministering to evacuees in shelters. The chaplains arrived in Ventura on December 7th and are working alongside local churches, and in cooperation with local authorities.
“We ask for your prayers as the ministry needs are growing at an alarming rate every day,” Munday said.
Over the past four months, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has ministered after tragedies in six states from coast to coast, most recently in Sutherland Springs, Texas, following the horrific church shooting last month. They also deployed after the truck attack in New York City (October), the Las Vegas concert massacre (October), the deadly wildfires in Santa Rosa, California (October), and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma (August and September).
Please join the chaplains in praying for so many people who are suffering during this Christmas season.