Adventists Among Victims
Seventh-day Adventists in the Australian state of Victoria are among those affected by a series of wild bushfires that may have killed as many as 300 people and destroyed up to 1,800 homes, according to media reports of the damage. At least some of the fires are believed to have been deliberately set.
HOME NO MORE: Ruins of a cottage in Victoria, Australia, typify devastation caused by bush (forest) fires in the area in February 2009. Seventh-day Adventists joined with their neighbors to comfort those whose homes were de-stroyed.“We pray for strength and comfort for those who grieve such terrible loss and pray for rapid recovery for those who have been injured. We reflect on Christ who demonstrated unending compassion and sympathy for those who were hurting and pray that His followers will demonstrate the same compassion as they support their friends and neighbours,” Stanley added.
MONEY RAISERS: Students at Edinburgh Adventist Primary School in Victoria, Australia, hold up money raised for fire victims. Students joined with adult church members and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency/Australia in reaching out to those in need.“Most of our Edinburgh school families know of someone who has lost their home or a loved one in the fires,” said Edinburgh Adventist Primary School principal Nathan Hill. “Some students have been evacuated from their own homes due to the continuing threat of fires in the area.”