As wildfires continue to burn in British Columbia, please pray with PWS&D for those affected—evacuees and first responders.
Read the Moderator’s prayer in response to the BC forest fires.
“At present, we would covet the prayers of the church for rain, for protection for the first responders and fire fighters in the areas of wildfire, and for the evacuees and their animals. The longer the present wildfire situation exists the greater the level of anxiety and worry among the evacuees is [about] not only when can they return home, but will there be anything to return to,” shares The Rev. Herb Hilder, clerk of the Presbytery of Kamloops.
He continues, “We know that once the fires are under control, the real rebuilding will be costly and not just in financial terms, but also in rebuilding emotional-psychological health for the displaced. The reality of post-traumatic stress disorder will be very present among many. Thank you for your concern and the concern of all those who are making enquiries about the situation here in the west.”
Donations to support immediate relief and long-term rebuilding for people affected by the fires may be made to Presbyterian World Service & Development for “BC Fires.” Funds will be used in consultation with presbyteries and local congregations to support Presbyterian, ecumenical and other relief efforts.
Learn how Presbyterians supported recovery in Fort McMurray, Alberta after the wildfires in 2016.
A sample bulletin announcement is available below for use by congregations.
Ways to give:
- Give online and indicate “BC Fires.”
- Call 1-800-619-7301 to donate with a credit card.
- Mail a cheque to PWS&D at 50 Wynford Dr. Toronto, ON M3C 1J7. Indicate “BC Fires” on the cheque memo line.
- Give through your local congregation, marking “PWS&D – BC Fires” on the envelope or cheque.