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A note from Bishop Jim Dorff of the Southwest Texas Conference: "The central Texas fires have been devastating to several of our communities and church families. The communities of Bastrop, Cedar Creek, and the Steiner housing development in Austin have been particularly devastated. We are deeply grateful for the prayers and other expressions of support. Our churches and pastors are hard at work providing shelter and support for those left homeless. Our God is present in these communities and renewal will occur." If you would like to make a donation to UMCOR please use Advance
#901670 and designate your giving as “Texas Wildfires”.
UMCOR has issued a press release on the major wildfire in Bastrop County, Texas. It may be found at http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/newsroom/releases/archives2011/fightingfires/ . Southwest Texas Disaster Response Coordinator Gene Hileman has issued a call for ERTs to help in response to the Bastrop complex wildfire, in Bastrop County, TX just east of Austin. See this link to register as an ERT or ERT Team http://www.umcswtx.org/wildfire-response-registration.You will be contacted with further information and protocols. For updates from the Southwest Texas Conference on the wildfires, see the following link: