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BC congregation affected by forest fires

Monday, August 10, 2009

To bring comfort to those passing by the church, the message on the church sign featured a prayer

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. Although church property at Redeemer Lutheran Church was not affected directly by the recent forest fires, about ten families of the congregation were evacuated for safety reasons, according to a report from Pastor Jonathan Asmus. “Some stayed with other members; others with relatives; others in hotels provided by the local authorities.”

The closure of Highway 97S barred access to the church for another half-dozen members so to make the work of local authorities easier, Redeemer cancelled services rather than bring more people into the area near the evacuation zones.

“We praise God no one fighting the fires was injured, nor were there any deaths or injuries of civilians” the pastor said. The congregation considered opening its doors if some evacuees needed shelter, but the church was near enough to the fire that smoke was an issue. Pastor Asmus said that the “church building was too close to be of real help.”

To bring comfort to those passing by the church, the message on the church sign featured the prayer: LORD PROTECT SAVE HEAL COMFORT IN JESUS NAME.

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