As large areas of Australia remain ablaze, the immediate need for both rain and financial assistance continues to grow.
"The fire crisis in Australia has killed at least 26 people, destroyed more than 2,000 homes and scorched an area larger than the U.S. state of Indiana since September," the Associated Press reported yesterday.
The above photo, sent to our office from LCMC Pastor John Guilfoyle of Living Water Fellowship in Wagga Wagga, shows how fires are affecting the nation even in the areas that aren't burning.
"We continue to say with unrelenting vigour, Australia needs rain," Pastor Guilfoyle said. "Please impress upon anyone you talk to the very real need for folks to pray for rain; to simply ask “the God who provides” to provide. Everything falls back on prolonged drought. We can always second guess poor human leadership in water management or a lack of real proactive work in fire mitigation during dry times. (And yes, a goodly number of these fires were human-caused.) But everything changes if it would just rain."
Those interested in contributing to relief efforts for this specific cause are being asked to contact Rural Fire Service NSW or the Australian Red Cross directly, as both organizations currently have programs in place to help fight the fires and provide relief assistance to people in need.
More information on the wildfires in Australia can be found here.
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