The authorities say the full scope of the destruction is not clear. At least 6 evangelical church buildings have been destroyed.
“God willing, we will approve this tool to ensure that the forests are paid for and protected”, said Marina Silva.
An uncontrolled forest fire has already devastated 15,000 hectares on the island of Tenerife, which has been declared a disaster area. Christians are among the 7,000 evacuated or confined. No church buildings have been affected.
The leader of the Evangelical Alliance in Greece asks to “pray for our government to take the needed steps and pass the right laws in order to protect both the beautiful environment of our country, and the people and their property”.
In France, the destruction of forest fires was seven times the annual average. Christian environmentalists warn against responding to the crisis with “self-defeating views”.
According to the evangelical body, the “legislation is very indulgent due to certain interests”. In 2019, more fires than previous years have been reported.
Evangelical local churches in the Mati area “help with cleaning and rebuilding”. “Pray that their actions talk about the love of Christ, and many could know Him”.
Our generation must speak out for the poor and vulnerable, and the generations to come, and not act as if history ends with us.
A team of young people from a local church clean burnt properties “removing items, carrying wood and offering a hope of restoration”.
“A lot of people are blaming the State, blaming God”, says a Christian in the region. “Please pray for the country”.
Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.
Many were trapped in zones of difficult access in East Attica, near Athens. Dozens went into the sea to escape the flames. Christian organisations in the region are offering help.
When the forest burns, soils are exposed to the rain, and erosion becomes a serious problem.
Half of the 62 victims died in their cars while trying to escape the flames. As Portugal recovers from the shock, churches in the region offer support.