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Churches Respond During Colorado Springs Fire

Local churches and Christians in Colorado Springs, Colo., delivered relief to citizens during the devastating fire, as reported by The Christian Post. Pastor Brady Boyd of New Life Church in Colorado Springs called the fire “apocalyptic” as it continues to burn out of control amidst low humidity, high heat, and 60-mile-per-hour winds. According to CNN, more than 36,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, and more than 100 homes have been destroyed. The fire continues to threaten over 20,000 homes and 160 businesses and has burned more than 16,700 acres.

Boyd’s church mobilized immediately when the need arose, offering help and shelter to evacuees and frightened citizens. “What I love about our church,” remarked Boyd to the CP, “is that I did not have to tell anyone, anything or organize [a response]. They responded without me even saying anything … They took people into their homes. They took food down to the food banks. There were people that were moving horses, livestock out of danger, they’ve volunteered all that.

Boyd continued, “We don’t wish for these kinds of tragedies, but in these kinds of times this is the church’s finest hour. This is when the church can be the church. Our people from across the city are responding.”

Outreach, Inc., a world leader in church communications, publishing and media and the parent company of the Outreach Web Network, including ChurchLeaders.com, is in the midst of relocating its headquarters from Vista, Calif., to Colorado Springs in an effort to better serve its churches, expand its workforce and provide a more affordable home for its employees.

Founder and president of Outreach, Inc. Scott Evans said there are many advantages of moving Outreach, Inc. to Colorado. “We chose Colorado Springs because we believe it will provide the perfect environment for us to further our mission of equipping Christian churches to reach their communities for Jesus Christ.”

In fact, Evans said the more central location will provide lower shipping costs and faster delivery times for customers, while also providing a much lower cost of living for employees.

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Toni Ridgaway is a content editor for the Outreach Web Network, including ChurchLeaders.com and SermonCentral.com.