More than 500 homes in the Colorado Springs area were destroyed over the past week by the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history.
While most of the roughly 38,000 evacuees have returned to their homes, some 2,600 were still under evacuation orders as of Wednesday morning.
Among the NRB member organizations affected by the “Black Forest Fire” were Biblica, Bibles For The World, Compassion International, Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk, Focus on the Family, HCJB Global, Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group, Westar Media Group, and Individual Member Bev Singleton. Personal property losses were reported by Compassion, Focus on the Family, and HCJB. So far, none have reported damage to their organization’s facilities.
“We have many employees who were evacuated from their homes during the fire. Some who lost everything,” reported Tim Glenn, USA Communications Director for Compassion International. “Please pray for that peace that surpasses our understanding. Pray that we, as a ministry, are able to meet the needs of our employees who are hurting at this time.”
NRB is urging its members and the wider Christian community to keep those affected in their prayers, and to offer support and encouragement as the Spirit leads. Also in need of prayer are those on the ground providing relief and support, including NRB member organizations such as Samaritan's Purse, The Salvation Army and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which sent its Rapid Response Team.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Colorado,” expressed NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright. “May God's grace and mercy be abundantly evident as these communities look to a season of recovery and hope.”
The following are some prayer requests from NRB members:
“Our community was not as fortunate as we were, having lost over 500 homes and 2 lives to the blaze. Please lift up these families as they begin the hard process of rebuilding their lives.”
Stephen Cobb, Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group
“Your prayers would be most appreciated for all the families impacted and especially for the brave men and women working so hard to fight these fires. Times like these can cause many of us to feel helpless, yet we know the Lord hasn’t abandoned us. He is in control. Please join me in praying for a quick resolution to this dangerous situation, for the Lord’s protection over the families affected by these fires and for strength and safety for those fighting the fires.”
Jim Daly, Focus on the Family
“We are praying for the best outcome for our staff and families of our staff whose homes have been affected by the Black Forest Fire and greatly appreciate the efforts of those working towards containment. We will continue praying for everyone affected by this fire and the others burning in Colorado. Thank you for your prayers and support.”
Lauri Dennis, HCJB Global
“We appreciate your continued prayers for the firefighting effort, for the thousands who are now dealing with the aftermath, and for the family of the two victims who died in the fires.”
John Fuller, Focus on the Family
"We grieve for those who have suffered loss during this difficult time. So many people's lives will be changed forever. It's our prayer that they will seek the Lord and that the Christian community here and around the world will show Christ's love and compassion to them."
Becky Lane, Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk
“Let us continue to pray for those who suffer so much loss. May all hearts turn to God as never before.”
Rochunga and Mawii Pudaite, Bibles For The World
“We were not personally in any danger this year, but we have friends who lost their homes and we would ask for prayer for them and the more than 500 other families who are now being forced to rebuild or resettle. “
Bev Singleton, NRB Individual Member
“Unfortunately, many others weren’t so fortunate. If you can pray for those folks and also for God’s protection from any other fires, we would greatly appreciate it. It’s very dry here right now, so even just a lightning storm could quickly start another one.”
Sheena Ulibarri, Westar Media Group
PHOTO ABOVE: Police direct traffic away from area affected by Black Forest Fire. Photograph courtesy of Focus on the Family.
Published: June 20, 2013