After 8½ weeks of providing disaster relief supplies, having served over 1,000 households affected by the Camp Fire, the Distribution Center at the Chico Church of Christ had it's final day of operation on January 16th. A huge thank you to Dale Linge, Mike Lewis and the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort who unhesitatingly responded each time we requested more supplies and all together delivered five, 53’ long truckloads with a total value of $363,500. Thank you to the hundreds of individuals and congregations who responded with phone calls and letters expressing their love and compassion, prayers, financial support, and donations of goods to sustain the relief efforts. Thank you to the dozens of volunteers who helped staff the center for two full months totaling about 3,000 hours of donated time! We are so grateful to each one of you who came from far and near to help unload the trucks when they arrived or to help during the distribution hours. We’d like to especially mention the Mariposa Ave. church of Christ in Citrus Heights for all those who came on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week to help, to Mike Roman who was always ready and willing to make the 1.5 hour long trip from his home in Rough and Ready, CA with a stop at Lowe’s or Home Depot in Yuba City to clean them out of shovels and rakes and bring them to us when we were running low, and to Jim Toney from the Alta Mesa church of Christ who got us off on the right foot by sharing their disaster relief experiences from last summer’s Carr Fire. Of course, there are many others that could be mentioned, such as churches of Christ from Turlock, CA, the San Diego area and Wichita Falls, TX that each collected and delivered trailers full of jackets, sleeping bags, tents, backpacks, and blankets to bless those who were hurting. It is so wonderful to see God working through this ministry: strengthening the local congregation by encouraging it’s members to utilize their particular strengths and abilities for a common purpose, connecting different congregations together through this work of love, reaching out to the affected community to bring about healing and renewal in a difficult time and in the process bringing great blessings to the “giver” as we interacted with those that came our way. There are many other stories that could be told of God’s provision through this effort. He brought us just what we needed, when we needed it. But for now let it suffice to say, “God is good, all the time”!
In Him, Lyle Thompson, Elder, Chico Church of Christ