Homeland Mission Trip
August 27, 2015
Dear ACS Disaster Response Volunteer:
Wildfires are burning up Washington! Last year it was the Carlton Complex fires. Today it is the Okanogan Complex fires. In 2014, wildfires burned more than 350,000 acres of farm and forest land in Chelan and Okanogan counties destroying more than 300 private homes. This year’s fires have exceeded 400,000 acres so far, and with no end in sight.
If you ever wanted to help, now is your opportunity to share your time, training, talent and treasure to speed relief and recovery to the hundreds of families that have been impacted by this disaster.
As you know, Washington Conference Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) is involved in both relief and long term recovery efforts. This note is to remind you of several ways you can get involved.
1. Warehouse Management. Just today, a request was made to the Upper Columbia Conference ACS DR to manage donations in one of the areas most affected by the fires. They have a team ready to go, but it is expected that they will need additional volunteers in two or three weeks. Let us know if you are interested and available.
2. 2015 Community Rebuilding Mission Trip. This year’s mission trip is scheduled for October 25 – November 2 in Okanogan County, Washington. Would you like to be a part of this mission trip? You can find out more information by going to www.washingtonconference.org/rebuild. There you will find a flyer giving you more details and an interest form you can either fill out online or print it out, complete it and return it to me. In light of the current fires, we are still working out the final details. You will be kept up to date on further developments.
3. Monetary Donations. Cash always makes a big difference in a disaster, because it can be used in so many different ways. A conference-wide offering to support a timely response is being contemplated. However, you can give immediately at www.washingtonconference.org/donate.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please call Sue Johnson. She is in the office on Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you miss her, leave a message and she will get back to you as soon as she can.
I believe these fires, and the other natural and manmade disasters that are going on around the world today, are signs and reminders that this world is not our home! Soon Jesus will come! Let’s work together to do all we can while we can to share Christ’s love and hope with those who don’t know Him yet.
Director, Adventist Disaster Response
Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists