Mudslide Victims in Northern Washington State
by: President James Buchanan Geiger
In the morning hours of last Saturday the small northern Washington community of Oso was devastated when a 1500 foot wide segment of a hillside gave way suddenly and pummeled the homes below. The debris field, nearly a square mile wide demolished 30 homes. While this is still considered a rescue mission, the death toll has risen to 14 and 176 people are still classified as missing.
On behalf of the Republic for the United States of America, I wish to offer our most heartfelt condolences for the families, rescue workers and the communities. Words alone cannot ease the heartbreak caused by this catastrophic event; therefore we offer our prayers to God that those affected will find comfort and healing. The earth may succumb to natural disasters, but God’s love is eternal.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”
Republic Chaplain Wade Butler will devote a special segment on his Monday evening prayer call for the victims of this tragedy. If you would like to attend, please call 530-881-1300 and enter access code 201870# at 5:30 pm Pacific/6:30 pm Mountain/7:30 pm Central/5:30 pm Eastern.
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