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Christians help Colorado wildfire evacuees

Churches of Christ in Colorado are helping with recovery after the Black Forest fire burned 16,000 acres in nine days, killing two people and destroying more than 500 homes and businesses.
“You don’t know how many people care about you until something stupid like this happens,” Brian Evans told the Colorado Springs Gazette. Evans and his family, members of the Eastside Church of Christ in Colorado Springs, lost their home in the blaze — and immediately had two dozen offers of shelter from fellow Christians.
The Eastside church sheltered, fed and comforted evacuees at its building, about six miles southwest of the flames. Patrick Mead, the church’s senior minister, “shared lunch, stories, laughter and tears with families who lost their homes,” he said via Twitter, which he used to send updates about the fire.
“This is already the most destructive fire in Colorado history,” he told his Twitter followers. “Your prayers are carrying us.”
Nashville, Tenn.-based Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort sent a shipment — including food, cleaning supplies, blankets, new clothing, bottled water and wheelbarrows — to the Mountain View Church of Christ in Colorado Springs.
Members of Colorado congregations including the Pikes Peak Church of Christ in Colorado Springs, the Castle Rock Church of Christ and the Tri Lakes Church of Christ in Monument distributed the relief.
Reflecting on what was lost in the fire, Brian Evans said, “It’s just stuff. The wife and the kids are out. The dogs are out. After that, the rest is just … stuff.”
See updates at www.christianchronicle.org/blog.

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