Monday, April 15, 2024
HomeChurchThe Church of Jesus Christ Joins Relief Efforts in Wake of Fatal Chile Forest...

The Church of Jesus Christ Joins Relief Efforts in Wake of Fatal Chile Forest Fires

- Advertisment - Save on Great LDS Gifts

The forest fires burning in Central Chile in late January and early February 2024 have left a trail of destruction, affecting more than 40,000 individuals, many of whom are now homeless. Chilean authorities report 131 deaths and 14 missing.

The Area Presidency for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement regarding the devastation.

The South America South Area Presidency wishes to express our deep sorrow and solidarity in the face of the devastating tragedy of the forest fires that have affected central Chile, particularly in the areas of Quilpué and Viña del Mar.

In these moments of pain and loss, we express our love, empathy, and prayers for those affected. The Church has been contributing donations to support affected families. We are coordinating with the government and other institutions, providing volunteers and material aid with the desire to bring assistance and hope to our brothers and sisters who have been so impacted by this catastrophe.

We invite individuals, families, and congregations to pray for protection for the firefighters and to provide strength to the affected families, reflecting the love and compassion that Jesus Christ taught us.

In response to this crisis, the Church of Jesus Christ is joining with the National Office of Religious Affairs to coordinate assistance initiatives along with the Red Cross and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) to deliver supplies and provide temporary sites for children to attend school and receive food. Local Latter-day Saints responded to the call for help by volunteering to distribute bottled water and supplies, as well as cleaning and removing debris.  

Elder Ricardo A. Spencer, a regional Church leader, reported that more than 100 Church members’ homes in the affected regions have sustained damage. 

Join the Discussion!
- Advertisment - LDS Scripture Study
Church Newsroom
Church Newsroom
The Church Newsroom provides official Church news and information through press releases and other media content.

First Presidency Announces Change to Temple Recommend Questions

In a letter sent to church leaders on April 12, 2024, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

How Many Times Was the Word “Covenant” Said in General Conference?

For those tuning into the April 2024 General Conference, a theme quickly became clear—covenants and temples.  But how many times were these topics...

The Principle of the Poor Spot of Ground

The allegory of the olive trees, found in Jacob 5, features a vineyard, a servant, and a master. As the servant and...

Come Follow Me Recap – The Lord Labors with Us | 14 April 2024

Here’s your daily dose of what matters most! We want to support you in your Come, Follow Me study. That’s why our...
- Advertisment -Color Scriptures from LDS Bookstore