Minister’s Forum: A community under siege |

Minister’s Forum: A community under siege

Jerry Foster

Jerry Foster

This last week, we watched as our beloved community was ravaged by a fast-moving firestorm. While the final count is not in, it is safe to say that hundreds have lost their homes. I believe it is fair to say that the whole community has been, and will be affected for some time to come.

While there are always bright spots on a cloudy day, the one that has most impressed me is the cooperation between so many folks in our community. I’ve had the opportunity to fight the fire, do chaplaincy work, and even perform a wedding. I have been amazed at how many folks offer help, food services or whatever is needed. The outpouring of love and concern has been incredible. The cooperation between private citizens and government agencies has been outstanding.

The Bible says in Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together unless they are agreed?” The point is that we must work together throughout this crisis. I also would like to thank all of the law enforcement, fire and other public safety personnel that have come to help our community in time of need.

As a local pastor, I also want to encourage all to pray for those whose lives have been affected by this disaster. Also, continue to pray for all who are helping during our time of need, and let’s continue to be available to help in whatever way we can be of help.

— Jerry Foster is pastor at Calvary Chapel.