Lots of Fires Burning in Idaho!
You can check online to see the latest updates on the Idaho fires. Some folks have also shared amazing photos on Facebook.
While we don't have any fires close to Grangeville, we do have more smoke in the air than anyone can remember for years and years!
Meanwhile, Kamiah (where our satellite center is located) has been on intermittant evacuation warnings level 2, which means you need to get prepared to leave. At one time, it seemed that the whole town was surrounded with fire!
It has been such a stressful time for everyone! And some of the "fire stories" plainly tell of God's protecting hand. Our Kamiah Center had to be closed for two days, but we are open again and ministering to our clients, as well as offering to share diapers and gently used children's clothing with the burn-out victims.
The citizens in our area have really stepped up to help! The Life Center church just outside of Kamiah has become a warehouse with many donated items to share with those in need, while across the highway the Nazarene church has opened its doors as an evacuation center. Other churches are cooperating with donations and volunteers.
The professional fire fighters have been stretched thin by the many fire sites, and a lot of able-bodied volunteers from the Valley and the Prairie have stepped in to try to save homes.
We are now beginning to hear how God is doing Romans 8:28 work in our midst, bringing good from a bad situation. Many lives are being touched and changed.
We would ask that you keep praying for rain (without lightening!), cooler temperatures, and safety for the fire fighters and residents. Thank you!