Pray for ECCU Members in Colorado Springs Area

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado—Devastating wildfires around Colorado Springs have destroyed 300 homes, endangered church and ministry facilities, and displaced thousands of people. Hundreds of ECCU members have been affected, with many still at risk.

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Colorado wildfires rage on the horizon in this photo taken on Tuesday, June 26, just two blocks from ECCU’s Colorado Regional Office by Vice President Gary Kehr.

“We are getting word of potential damage,” tweeted Doug Goodin, senior pastor of Front Range Alliance Church, on Wednesday, June 27. “The church building seems sound, but many homes are gone.”

As of Thursday morning, some 32,000 people in the area were under mandatory evacuation. The Springs Church is one of many area churches responding to meet evacuees’ needs. The church has been designated as an official staging area for evacuees from the Mountain Shadows residential area.

Woodman Valley Chapel is providing food, at the city’s request, and other resources to a nearby evacuation center. They’ve also made their facilities available to two other ECCU member ministries that had to evacuate.

The wildfires are also affecting staff at ECCU’s Colorado Springs Regional office. Ministry Development Officer (MDO) Joe Graham reports that some members of his church, Austin Bluffs Evangelical Free, have lost their homes. MDO David Lee and Vice President Gary Kehr cancelled meetings with several member ministries this week that were addressing fire-related issues. And the office has postponed their annual member appreciation barbecue, scheduled for Friday, June 29, which typically draws more than 200 people from the ministries they serve in and around Colorado Springs.

As you follow the ongoing news reports about the Colorado Springs wildfires, please use them as prompts to pray for fellow ECCU members—120 ministries and more than 500 individuals—who find themselves in harm’s way.