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How to Help?

Author: Pastor Mitch Williams
October 08, 2020

When you pass through water, I will be with you; when you pass through rivers, they will not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire, you will not be scorched — the flame will not burn you. Isaiah 43:2

This Bible promise has been especially meaningful recently as thousands have sought shelter while fires raged around them in Napa and Sonoma County.

Now 50% contained, the Glass Fire is the 12th most destructive wildfire in California history. As of this morning, the Glass Fire and North Complex West fires have destroyed hundreds of homes including 36 homes belonging to SDA church members and NCC employees. Twenty of these families had homes in the Deer Park area. The Adventist community is surrounding these families and other evacuees with support as all transition from emergency need to recovery.

Many from our church have asked, "How can we help?"

We reached out to Jenni Hilton, who is helping with local church relief from the Yountville SDA Church, and she shared that approximately 30 people have been staying on the church grounds. A few are even sleeping on pews. There are RVs in the parking lot along with many pets. The Napa Valley Retirement community across the street has been graciously providing those folks with lunch and dinner.

When asked how we can help or support them, she said the hot water heater and shower are currently their greatest needs. The bathrooms at the Yountville SDA church have been inundated and they needed to purchase a larger hot water heater to accommodate the needs. They do not have a shower at the church and would like to purchase a portable one.

So any financial gift will be most appreciated. To specifically help the Yountville SDA with the purchase of a shower and hot water heater, donations can be sent to: Yountville SDA Church, PO Box 2819, Yountville, CA 94599. (Note on the check that it is for “Disaster Relief Fund”).

You can also give online to the overall relief fund through our website or app. Click here and select the "NCC Disaster Relief" category in the "Conference/Union" section: The Hill SDA Giving

If you are part of The Hill SDA Church family and have experienced loss or are in crisis due to the recent fires or COVID-19, we would like to know so that we can provide you with assistance. Please send an confidential email to one of the pastors or myself at lenasw@comcast.net.

May we continue to find strength for each new day as we rest under the shelter of His wings.
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