There have been more than 25 fires within the 17 counties of the Central California Conference since Aug. 17. The Creek Fire continues to burn in the foothills above the Clovis and Fresno area. Not long after fires in their region started, Santa Cruz County partnered with the Soquel Conference Center to shelter the evacuees from the fires. Although the site hit capacity for several days, each need was met; so much so that the overflow of materials needed to be stored in the main auditorium. As Ramiro Cano, CCC president, commented, “I praise God that in the midst of a pandemic and the devastating fires, the Soquel Conference Center has become a center of holy influence within the County of Santa Cruz. Designated as an evacuation site, it provided ample opportunities to be engaged in services of compassion, to alleviate the hurting, and to forge and deepen our relationships with the community at large.” Church members found ways to demonstrate the Conference’s vision, “Reflecting Christ. Transforming Communities,” during this tragic event. Read more about the CCC’s response to the fires in the October Recorder.
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