Sifting Through the Ashes

    February 01, 2019 | Stories by Gracepoint Church

    Volunteers from GracePoint church traveled to Paradise, California to help victims of the devastating fire that occurred in November. The volunteers helped  search for keepsakes and personal items.   The trips were coordinated by Samaritan's Purse, a Christian humanitarian organization that provides aid to those in need around the world.

    Being able to serve with our church the fire victims of Paradise, Ca., through Samaritan’s Purse Ministry was one of the most meaningful outreach ministries that I have had the privilege to be a part of. Sifting through the ashes of their homes which have burned to the ground to try and help them find anything that might have survived, and lay buried in the ashes. In the first burned out home we found a 25th year anniversary ring, which I’m sure meant so much to these people. After sifting through the ashes of these people’s former homes we would gather in a circle holding hands, and pray for the person who had lost their home, and then they were given a bible which all of us had signed. Seeing their tears was a very moving experience! I truly felt this was such a beautiful picture of being the hands and feet of Jesus to another, and a glimpse of the possibility that Jesus could bring some beauty from the ashes of the Paradise fire. - Regina

    Our small team was led by a Samaritan Purse couple who met with the homeowner before we began work.  They visited with her quite a bit. After she was presented with the leather-bound Billy Graham Bible that included a card with the plan of salvation and we had prayed with her, she asked to speak with them alone.  When the couple returned to our group to give us our next assignment, they reported that they had led her to the Lord! Praise God - she lost her earthly home, but gained her heavenly one! - Susan

    It was such an honor to be able to serve these people who’ve seemingly lost everything, and serve Jesus in the doing.As believers,it's our calling.- Leasa

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