Among the many wildfires in the Southeast region of the United States this year, none have been as destructive as the Gatlinburg, Tenn., fire.
On November 29, 2016, thousands of people were evacuated from the city and surrounding areas. Sadly, some deaths and injuries were reported. Though authorities are unable to measure the full devastation of the fire, Tennessee has not seen anything like this in more than 100 years. Many families and businesses have lost nearly everything, except for the clothes on their backs.
To help bring restoration to this community, the Encompass Crisis Response Network and the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches have partnered with the church planting ministry SEEDnet. This ministry had hoped to break ground through church planting in the city of Gatlinburg just before the forest fires began. Together, the team has developed a plan they are calling Operation Smoky Mountain Christmas.
Since the Red Cross and other relief organizations are sufficiently caring for the primary needs of the community with food and shelter, the decision has been made to provide these families with Christmas gifts. Many of these families do not have presents for their children due to this tragic event. So it would be a huge blessing to deploy a SEEDnet team to distribute gifts to families who are currently living in shelters. Christmas dinners could be distributed as well.
Would you consider teaming up with us in blessing the greater-Gatlinburg community by joining the Operation Smoky Mountain Christmas Project?
Here’s How You Can Help:
Give by phone: 678-992-5313 x18
Give by making a check to Encompass World Partners (memo line must read: Fund #7851) and mailing it to:
PO Box 3298
Monument, CO 80132-3290
And please pray! People in crisis are often suddenly considering some of the weightiest questions of life. Our SEEDnet team is excited to be able to pray with these folks. Who knows how God will use our prayers and words of encouragement to bless and perhaps even sow the seed of the gospel in hearts softened by suffering and loss.
URGENT NOTE: Because Christmas is right around the corner, all contributions/gifts MUST be made no later than December 15. Any funds given above what we can use for this project will be utilized later to respond to the next North American crisis project.
Please Contact for Questions and/or Comments
Director of Crisis Response
Encompass World Partners