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Prayer Request: Colorado

The Black Forest Fire is affecting the northeast side of Colorado Springs. (Photo taken June 11, by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

UPDATE (June 17, 2013):

Friends, we praise God for the progress in containing the Black Forest Fire. Although the fire has devastated the area, destroying more than 480 homes and burning nearly 15,000 acres, we have hope. At this writing it is 65% contained, and fire officials estimate it will be controlled and contained later this week.

We have seen time and again how prayers make all the difference. At the end of last week, Colorado Springs received several much-needed rain storms, giving firefighters a bit of an edge as they fought for people's homes.

Still, there were too many losses, including two deaths. We grieve with our city and friends as we look toward restoration and healing for this beautiful area of the city. Thank you for all of your prayers and support; please continue to pray for the families affected.

Our office is no longer under pre-evacuation status, and we are back at work for the children. Thank you for your patience and prayers!



Dear friends - please pray for Colorado!

As you may know, there have already been several wildfires in Colorado this year.

On Tuesday, June 11th, a wildfire started in Black Forest on the northeast side of Colorado Springs, the city where One Child Matters is headquartered.  Due to extreme temperatures, drought, and high winds, this fire has quickly spread to more than 15,000 acres. 

More than 40,000 people have already been evacuated, and at last report more than 360 homes have been destroyed, the most in Colorado history.

Our offices are located directly west of these fires, in an area that is currently being evacuated as this devastating wildfire continues to move and grow.  As a result, we have evacuated and closed our offices to allow our staff to be with their families and make necessary preparations.
While we ask for your prayers for protection and peace for those displaced (including some of our staff members) we also want to assure you that ministry to the children we serve will not be affected in any way.
We praise God that our organization can operate remotely thanks to the contingency planning of our executive leadership team and the tireless efforts of our staff.  Our office is just a building – the ministry goes on, and we are steadfast in our efforts to bring hope, truth, life, love, and mercy to the children we serve all over the world.
We covet your prayers as we transition into our contingency work systems over the next couple of days.  Please be patient with us during this time, as some of our administrative support services will be disrupted temporarily. Here’s how we’re praying for the situation – please join us!

  • Pray for rain, cooler temperatures, and calm winds.
  • Pray for the safety and strength of the first responders as they fight this unpredictable fire.
  • Pray for those who have been displaced and may have lost their homes.
  • Pray for the One Child Matters family.
  • Pray that God will be glorified and accomplish His purposes in the midst of this tragedy.

We are so grateful for your continued friendship and support of the ministry of One Child Matters.  We are strengthened by your commitment and by the faithfulness of our Father, who is greater than any fire.

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