Fire Devastation Felt Around The Country

PARADISE, CA - NOVEMBER 08: A home burns as the Camp Fire moves through the area on November 8, 2018 in Paradise, California. Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading Camp Fire has ripped through the town of Paradise and has quickly charred 18,000 acres and has destroyed dozens of homes in a matter of hours. The fire is currently at zero containment. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

I myself have lost a home in my childhood to fire and have many family members in California near the devastating fires so this hits home for me. You can now add Miley Cyrus and her fiance Liam Hemsworth to the growing list of those affected by it’s wrath. Miley lost her home to the Woolsey fire in Southern California. Miley tweeted “I am one of the lucky ones, my animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that’s all that matters right now. My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong. Gerard Butler and Robin Thicke are other celebrities who lost their homes in the fire. At this moment, we know of 177 homes that have been destroyed in the Woolsey fire. KYKX station voice (John Willyard) sent me this today from a dear friend affected.

Our home, ministry studio included, has been reduced to ashes in the Paradise fire of the last few days.  It’s still smoking.
This burn-down also happened to about 6500 other homeowners, which makes it the worst fire loss in the history of California.  Almost all 27,000 Paradise residents evacuated, in addition to another 25,000 from towns above us.  Nearly 30 of us, at last count, died during this time.
This evening I’m writing from nearby Chico; the last three nights have been spent in a Red Cross Evacuation Center in Oroville.  A few nights in Gridley are next.  The ministry will probably operate from rented quarters for the next year or two during rebuild.  Fortunately, replacement audio equipment consists only of a mic, processor, mixer, amps/speakers, and computer/sound card/software; programming is already produced through the middle of December.
It’s a sobering hit, helping us all remember how fragile life is and how dependent on God we are.  But He is faithful–which leads to the words of the Psalmist David:
Have you ever had to deal with your home or apartment catching on fire? Were you able to save anything before the structure became engulfed?


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