A view from the air of the community of Lahaina, August 10. REUTERS/Marco Garcia



Maui & Hawai’i Fires

August 11, 2023

What’s happening

How many brothers and sisters live in the affected area?

We are not aware of any Christadelphians in the area, but our thoughts, prayers, and support are just as necessary. We have been called to compassion and community as believers, and our prayers have power even for those who don’t share our calling.

How can I help affected communities?

  1. Pray! There’s comfort knowing God hears our prayers and takes our requests into His consideration.
  2. Donate to local, on-the-ground organizations in Maui such as:
    • The Hawai’i Community Foundation, which has started the Maui Strong Fund, said in their press release that “100% of the funds will be distributed for community needs.” They are providing immediate disaster response and recovery support on the ground, and you can donate on their website.
    • Maui United Way, founded in 1945, works to address Maui’s vital needs by focusing on education, income and health. The organization has set up a Maui Fire and Disaster Relief Donations Page. All donations are processed online.
    • Maui Food Bank provides “safe and nutritious food” to anyone in Maui County who is at risk of going hungry, the organization says. Maui Food Bank also donates food to disaster relief efforts on the island. “With every $1 donated, the Maui Food Bank can provide 4 meals to the hungry living in our island community,” the food bank pledges. To donate, visit the food bank’s website.
    • The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement is matching donations up to $1,000,000, with “100% of proceeds [going] to Maui organizations to support relief efforts.” Donations can be made on their website.
    • The Red Cross: You can donate to the Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999, which will donate $10, or by going to the website to make a donation. You also can call 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669).

We look forward to our Lord’s return, when natural disasters will be a thing of the past. In the meantime, we consider Paul’s words:

“Whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.” (Galatians 6:10)

If there is anything more we can do to help, please contact: ​initiatives@thegardenoutreach.org

Are you there?
If you’re in – or know someone in – the affected area – please provide us a with a brief update we can share with our community.