American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

OGHS Funds Released
in Response to California Fires


In response to wildfires that have been raging throughout Northern California since Oct. 8, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), on behalf of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), has released a $5,000 One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) Emergency Disaster Relief Grant to ABCUSA’s Growing Healthy Churches region.

“This will be an incredible ray of hope for our pastors to receive and be able to give to those in need,” says Pam Breen, Growing Healthy Churches administrator. “What a blessing!”

According to reports from the region, the fires have consumed more than 152,789 acres, resulting in 23 fatalities, 436 missing persons and more than 3,500 homes and businesses destroyed. Winds have been spreading the fires, despite the containment efforts of more than 8,800 firefighters.

The region office will distribute funds to these California churches: CrossWalk Community Church, Napa; New Vintage Church, Santa Rosa; and First Baptist Church, Ukiah. Two of the churches are housing evacuees, while the third is partnering with a community evacuation center.