Around Labor Day 2020, a large forest fire broke out in the area of Blue River, Oregon, and many homes were destroyed. Members of the Eugene and Harrisburg congregations contributed assistance in various ways. Some helped with a grassroots distribution of food and clothing. Others donated goods.
We also partnered with the OneHope network of churches in Lane County in a Sheds of Hope program. Prefabricated sheds were built, with the walls then taken upriver and set up on sites where people hoped to eventually rebuild their homes.
From December 2020 to the present, over 100 sheds have been built and placed through the efforts of many churches. The goal is to complete 140. High school and college woodshop classes have even joined in the effort.
A crew from the CoG7 congregations built their first two sheds in January 2021. What a joy to work alongside landowners, to bless them with a start to their rebuilding efforts. Sheds give them a place to store tools and equipment to use while they work. We have set up a total of eight sheds throughout 2021. We have also helped build walls, donate money for materials, and deliver the walls for others to set up.
When many people contribute a little, much is accomplished for the kingdom. Praise God for the opportunities He gives us to serve and bless others!