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Hawaii Wildfires

Rev. David K. Popham, the Hawaii Conference Minister, shared this information in the Hawaii Conference newsletter:

WildfiresNo doubt, like me, you watched in horror the newscasts and read news stories as the fires spread across Maui and Hawai’i Islands. Most heartrending at this time are the images of Lahaina on fire. Due to limited phone access, we are still seeking firm information regarding people and church properties directly affected.     We do know the following limited information: Waiola Church fellowship hall burned in the fire, we do not have word on their sanctuary. We know the Campbell House and adjacent park were also in the path of the Lahaina fire. We have heard that many church members are affected by the evacuation orders, but we do not know the status of their homes at this time. On Hawai’i Island we know that access to some churches was blocked by fires. Check here for updates.     In these times we want to be of help and assistance to our ‘ohana in distress. Offerings and collections taken through your local church can be sent to the Conference Office where we will work to distribute the funds to devastated areas and those in need. Individuals may also donate directly through the Conference website.     Please join me in prayer, e pule kākou:

     It came so fast God, relentlessly driven by winds and we were so vulnerable. Escaping with the clothes on our backs. Lives in tatters. Homes gone. Businesses gone. Jobs gone. Lives lost. Where do we go to even raise our prayers when our hale pule became a burnt victim to the ravages of the fire? There is so much loss, so much that one day was there and is now ashes. Comfort us in our tears and carry our heavy hearts in our time of sorrow.     Eventually Ke Akua, our energy will turn to rebuilding our homes, our businesses, our jobs, our lives. Walk with us during the long recovery that lies ahead. We will become frustrated by bureaucratic red tape and supply chain delays and price gouging. We will fume and shake our fists and we will cry even more tears. Yet, the journey will not be as overwhelming with you by our side.     Bless O God, those fighting these wildfires and those fires yet to come during this dry season. Grant wisdom and insights to our government officials—county and state—as they navigate how best to administer the government response. Lift up on wings our pastoral leaders as they give spiritual nurture to those depleted by these fires.     May we root ourselves in you God, knowing your Spirit groans with ours. Grant us succor in this time and in the days ahead. ‘Amene.

David K. Popham, Conference Minister

Donations Now Being Accepted for Wildfires Disaster Relief

Churches and individuals may now make donations to the Hawai’i Disaster Relief Fund specifically for those people and areas devastated by the ongoing wildfires. Offerings and collections taken through your local churches may be sent to the Hawaii Conference Office at 700 Bishop Street, Suite 825, Honolulu, HI, 96813. Please note “Hawai‘i Wildfires Relief Fund” on the memo line of checks. Individuals may also donate through the Hawaii Conference website, by clicking on the “Donate” button and selecting “Hawai’i Disaster Relief Fund.”

Donations for Hawaii wildfire relief sent to the Northern California Nevada Conference office will be forwarded to the Hawaii Conference.



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