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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.

Psalm 46:1-2

“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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