Please pray for rain to fall in Fort McMurray, Alberta to put out the fire that has destroyed homes and devastated lives. There is the heartbreaking story of a firefighter who lost his teenage daughter in a crash. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Another story had a happy ending. A wedding dress was destroyed in the fire just days before the wedding but, thanks to the kindness of strangers, the bride has a new dress and is getting married tomorrow in Toronto. Pray for the people who lost their homes, had to be evacuated and the firefighters who are battling the fire.
The response to the crisis in Fort McMurray has been incredible. Donations have been pouring in. Canadians have donated over $11 million to the Red Cross. Among the agencies working to help the displaced is ADRA (Adventist Development Relief Agency) Canada. ADRA Canada joined together with the Alberta Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to purchase a disaster response vehicle which has been filled with supplies to be delivered to those affected by this disaster. Local Alberta churches will provide volunteers and local families have opened their homes to the displaced. ADRA Canada has also partnered with GlobalMedic to send hygiene kits containing toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and a towel to 2,000 people.
If you are interested in helping ADRA in their work in Fort McMurray, please make a donation to their Emergency Relief fund at http://www.adra.ca/donate/.