News from Fellowship Pacific
As you are already aware, there are significant areas of our province that are currently facing devastating floods and landslides that have left thousands of people displaced. Fellowship Pacific has been in touch with some of our Fellowship churches in the affected areas and has committed to come alongside them to support them financially as they support their communities. There will be ongoing support needed as these communities work to recover and re-build, and Fellowship Pacific is inviting all of their churches to consider adding their support as well. All donations can be made directly to Fellowship Pacific and 100% of funds donated will go directly to supporting those affected by the BC floods. Tax receipts are available and will be issued by the Fellowship in February 2022.
To date, over $125K has been donated through Fellowship Pacific for BC Flood Relief. Fellowship Pacific has been in constant contact with their churches in Hope, Merritt, Princeton, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack, all of whom have, in some way, been impacted by the floods. Fellowship Pacific's plan is to distribute funds to the churches directly on an as-needed basis and have those funds available for as long as they are needed, likely well into the new year. To date, the Fellowship has already distributed funds to Hope, Princeton, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack and are working with Merritt as they begin to open up.
Grace Baptist in Hope (Pastor Jeff Kuhn) jumped into action when hundreds of people were stranded in their town right after the first big flooding. They knocked on car windows all over the town where people were sleeping and welcomed them into their warm church. They had over 250 people staying at the church for several nights. They fed them, along with another 200 or so people, during those initial days.
In Princeton, Pastor Kyle Nicholls and his team at Princeton Baptist Church have been going door-to-door around town helping people bail out water, giving out gift cards, and providing assistance wherever needed. Pastor Kyle has been working closely with the mayor and was recently asked by the mayor to say a prayer and speak at a local community outreach event. The church already ran the local food bank for Princeton and they stepped up in that area when two local non-profit aid organizations' facilities were flooded and they lost all their resources. The church has been providing much needed help via the food bank and has filled several buildings in town with supplies (clothing, equipment, tools, etc.). They plan to donate many of those items beyond their own town, to Merritt. The church has officially become the hub for all aid and assistance - government agencies and other organizations are pointing people to the church for help.
In Chilliwack, Sardis Fellowship (Pastors Rod Heppell and Rob Shauff) have mobilized people in their church to be ready for evacuees. When their town was cut off in all directions due to flooding, they too looked for ways to help. They've been working with a local camp that provided shelter and food to flood victims, migrant workers, and other evacuees.
Immanuel Church in Abbotsford (Pastor Kyle Corbin) has been working with the local Red Cross to distribute food to flood victims in Sumas Prairie. They continue to reach out in other ways.
As you know, there will be long-term needs as people begin to rebuild, and Fellowship Pacific's plan is to continue to work through their churches and encourage them in their efforts to help and build relationships with their own municipalities, communities, etc.
If you prefer to donate by cheque, please make it payable to Fellowship Pacific and designate it to “BC Flood Assistance” in the memo line. Cheques can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 1107
9111 Church Street
Fort Langley, BC
All donations can be made directly to Fellowship Pacific and 100% of funds donated will go directly to supporting those affected by the BC floods.