Charisma News: In response to the devastating Carr Fires in the Redding, California area, Bill Johnson, Pastor of Bethel Church, returned home early Saturday morning to be with his congregation. He clarified that the fires are not something that God has sent, instead is something that the enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy, has done. Johnson’s church is working with the Salvation Army utilizing their campus as a distribution center for those affected by the fire.
Excerpt from Charisma News:
Some people in Redding and from Bethel are mourning the total devastation of their homes and possessions, while others are rejoicing that their homes and lives were spared.
“Today is a very strange day,” Johnson said. “We didn’t throw a party of fire for you,” he said before Bethel’s worship team opened with song lyrics “through the storm, He is Lord of all” at the church’s single service Sunday morning.
“Outside is what’s from the devourer; not from the one who gives life,” Johnson said.
In England when he heard of the Carr wildfire at home in Redding, Johnson took a flight back to California, arriving at 2 a.m. Saturday, so he could be with the Bethel family for the church’s service at 10:30 a.m. (PST).