CAMA Disaster Relief Fund
Directly partner with Alliance churches in Paradise and Chico, California.
Since the Camp Fire broke out on November 8 in Paradise, California it has killed 88 people—a number that increases every day. The fire destroyed more than 10,500 homes and devastated an area as large as Chicago.
While Paradise Alliance Church is miraculously still standing, 90 percent of the church body is estimated to have lost their homes, including 14 of 21 of the church’s staff.
The displaced are in limbo. Many victims are currently in Chico, a city about 15 miles from Paradise. The Alliance church in Chico, Neighborhood Church, opened their doors as a Red Cross Evacuation Center and housed 600-400 people at one time since the fire broke out.
Paradise Alliance Church and Neighborhood Church are entering a marathon that will continue into 2019, but they are committed to serving their communities.
“Quite frankly we are still figuring things out at this point, but the constant is always the same—our friends in Paradise and Chico need your prayers, and God is in control!” says Ray Van Gilst, superintendent of the Alliance Central Pacific District.
CAMA provided some immediate financial help to Neighborhood Church, and more recently, we purchased a number of gift cards for gasoline and food to be distributed. The long-term need will be clean up and rebuilding. With most of Paradise still evacuated, we don’t know when that will begin.
CAMA will come alongside these two churches in partnership with the Central Pacific District. The churches, working with first responders, will soon move into a space where they will need to navigate what they can do to meet long-term needs. Your gifts today will support disaster recovery activities in the months ahead for the communities of Paradise and Chico.
To send a check, please make check payable to CAMA Services and mail to:
Office of Donor Accounting
8595 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Memo: Camp Fire