The Archbishop of Sydney's Anglican Aid has launched an appeal to allow immediate response to the devastating bushfires raging in NSW and QLD.
Three lives and hundreds of homes have already been lost, with weather conditions reaching a critical point over the next few days.
As volunteers and professionals put themselves on the line in the hope of saving life and property, the Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid wants to act quickly and wisely to share with those in need.
New South Wales and southern Queensland are in a state of emergency in response to the terrifying bushfire situation which is set to intensify in the coming days.
Please be in prayer and consider how you and your community will respond.
Drought-affected areas now battling devastating blazes
Right now, land from Forster north is ablaze, including houses and towns. Weather conditions combined with unprecedented drought damage have created a situation of great danger across the Eastern Seaboard.
Now is the time to give!
These figures are from the morning of 11 November 2019:
- 60 fires burning in NSW, and 47 across Queensland.
- At least 150 homes destroyed in NSW – with that number expected to rise.
- 970,000 hectares burnt in NSW, nearly as much as the last three fire seasons combined
- Insurance claims have already been lodged, with many people still yet to return to their homes and many more claims expected
The NSW Rural Fire Service expects more raging fires and extreme conditions in the coming days, and has declared a Catastrophic Fire Rating for the Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney and the Illawarra, this week.
Helping those in need
Sadly there are fires burning right now in the Anglican Diocese of Grafton, Armidale, Newcastle, Bathurst, Brisbane and Sydney.
But we can rejoice that there are established churches on the ground in the places most seriously affected, providing an existing network for the communication of needs and prayers.
Funds donated to the Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid appeal will go to Anglican churches in the affected areas where specific applications are made.
This appeal aims to ensure help to people who may miss out on NSW government emergency assistance.
Importantly funds from this appeal will come with prayer and human connection. The funds are a tangible symbol of God’s grace to us all.
Donations to this appeal are tax deductible.
Click here to download a slide that you can use to share this appeal with your church or friends. (When the image appears, right click and hit 'Save image as…')
This image from the RFS website shows the fire situation on the morning of 11 November 2019. The spread of fire events changes hourly.
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