Cheryl Weber was in Edmonton area, covering the evacuation situation with the wildfires in Fort McMurray. This wild fire has been spread to over 420,000 hectares and is still growing due to the winds and the lack of rain.
As of the day of this telecast, rain and cooler weather is on the forecast over the next few days which will be very beneficial in the efforts to stop the spread. We need to pray for the rain to come and the fires to calm down.
Jeff Peddle was one of the evacuees whom we have featured last week. He has helped rescued people from his apartment building and had been feeding people in the camps with food from his restaurant. When Jeff was fleeing from the fires, they could not go south to Edmonton as the gas station had just blown up on the highway. Their only option was to travel North, feeling trapped in.
Fortunately, they were able to fly out to Edmonton the next day, away from the fires.
Another story was that of Beth and Del Ratzlaff. They own a business in Fort McMurray and Del had to flee the fires while Beth could only pray and wait for him to come home to her in Edmonton.
The most difficult part was to maintain communications with his employees to make sure that everyone was safe. All Beth could do was to claim the promises of God for her husband as well as each and every one of their employees.
Many people have lost so much in a blink of an eye. Yet, time and time again, all they could think of was, "Thank God my loved ones are safe." Those who have a relationship with Christ simply held onto God and His promises, knowing that He will take care of them and wanting to help share that peace to others.
Through this tragedy, many of them came to the realization once again of what is important - the people around you whom you love.
It is times like this where the church can shine in giving hope to others.
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