We will not be providing a running commentary on the bushfires or drought situation in our nation as the wall to wall media coverage means that all aspects of the situation is covered better than anything we can provide. We will however pass on any reports we receive that give greater spiritual understanding of what God may be saying to us through the current crisis we are experiencing. We will also endeavour to provide any statements issued by Christian leaders or articles that are considered of interest and relevancy to Christians as we focus on and pray into the current and ongoing crisis.
In response to our recent article on the bushfires we have been inundated with dozens of emails, each suggesting what God may be saying to us as a nation, however there has been no single theme that has come through. The Australian Prayer Network does not pass on prophetic words from individuals but rather waits on God until several confirmations are received from a number of sources before going public. Our earlier article conveyed the word received by thousands of individuals who sought the Lord for 40 days on the matter. Nothing has yet come through that surpasses or challenges what we believe is the accuracy, relevance and timeliness of that word.
As well as praying for all in any way affected by the bushfires we also suggest prayer for our Prime Minister, State Premiers, State Emergency Service Commissioners and all in positions of authority and leadership, that they would be given wisdom to make right and impactful decisions that will address the individual and corporate needs of the people of our nation at this critical time. Pray too that they will not be diverted from their task nor personally impacted by criticism, and that their marriages and families will be protected given the amount of additional time that they will be required to commit to the recovery task ahead.
Below are some organisations and initiatives that have specifically been operating to provide support to bushfire victims throughout the eastern states of Australia. Give what you can, your generosity could make a world of difference to those who have been hardest hit.
List of Organisations Dealing with Disaster Relief
(click on the name of the organisation for more information)
Information supplied by Rev Fred Nile – NSW Member of Parliament
NSW Rural Fire Service
Donations to the NSW Rural Fire Service directly benefit the volunteer firefighters on the frontline. You can donate by contacting your local fire service or by clicking the link above and following the instructions.
Geoffrey Keaton, Andrew O’Dwyer and Samuel McPaul Family Support
You can also donate to the young families of Geoffrey Keaton and Andrew O’Dwyer, who were killed during the Green Wattle Creek fire, and Samuel McPaul, who was killed at the Green Valley fireground.
The Salvation Army
The Salvos have launched a disaster appeal to support the communities affected by the devastating bushfires. To donate to the disaster appeal, you can call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), donate at any Woolworths checkout, or follow the link in the name above.
Australian Red Cross
The Red Cross has specialist emergency volunteers who are providing psychological first aid, working at evacuation centres and helping people to get in touch with their loved ones. You can help by clicking on the link above.
The St Vincent De Paul Society
The St Vincent De Paul Society is running a bushfire appeal to help those affected rebuild their lives with food, clothing, furniture, other essentials, and funds to pay bills. They explain exactly where your money might go:
• $50 “can provide food for a family who have been evacuated from their home.”
• $150 “can help with bills and unexpected expenses for a household recovering from a bushfire.”
• $300 “can provide clothing for a family who’ve had to leave their belongings behind.”
• $1,100 “can help those whose homes have been damaged or destroyed to set up again with bedding, furniture and appliances.
Charities like Givit specialise in goods, where the exact items people need are listed via charities and the public can match that or register the items they have, in case someone has use for them. Givit is currently running two specific campaigns supporting NSW and Queensland bushfire victims.
Foodbank is delivering emergency food relief and water to East Gippsland, helping firefighters and local communities caught up in the bushfires. It is fundraising to send about 5,000 food relief hampers in the coming days.
Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund
The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund was established in 1978, and is operated by local volunteers for Gippsland communities affected by natural disaster events. Donations can be made via Paypal at gerf.org.au or at any branch of the NAB across Australia, or in person at Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers at 40 Argyle St, Traralgon.
Bendigo Bank Bushfire Disaster Appeal
Bendigo Bank have partnered with The Salvation Army to establish an appeal that will raise funds for fire affected communities including East Gippsland, Hume, southeast New South Wales and Adelaide Hills.
Airbnb for NSW and the Victoria
Airbnb have set up pages to share free accommodation for people who are evacuating the fire zones. Find emergency housing or list your property via the NSW or Victoria page.
To help the NSW wildlife victims, you can donate to the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) by clicking the name above.
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
More than 2000 koalas are feared to have perished in NSW since September. The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital have raised money for the wildlife affected in that area, with the initial aim of using the money to distribute automatic drinking stations in the burnt areas to help in koala and wildlife survival. The organisation are now sharing the funds with other wildlife organisations in the fire affected regions across NSW.
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Emergency Fund
Kangaroo Island is well known for its thriving koala population however over 150,000 hectares has been lost due to recent events, this will affect our koala population dramatically. The Fund is working around the clock with a highly experienced, qualified and dedicated team of volunteers including qualified vets, vet nurses and wildlife carers to rescue, rehabilitate and care for all of the animals coming in from the bushfires.
Raising money to aid Mogo Zoo Foundation Fire Recovery and to provide care for injured, sick and displaced wildlife. Through the overwhelming commitment of staff all 400 Zoo animals were saved. The Zoo staff and vet will assist injured wildlife and will play a vital role in getting Mogo and the surrounding towns on their feet in the coming weeks and months.
Source: Australian Prayer Network