Last week the Waldo Canyon wildfire destroyed over 18,000 acres of land and thousands of people were displaced from their homes. Now that the smoke has cleared and the fire is nearing 100% containment we are trying to assess the impact on our community and the families of the VisionTrust staff.
There were a total of 346 homes destroyed by the fire. One of those homes belonged to Ernie and Carol Taylor, founders of VisionTrust. Praise God, the Taylors are safe, but sadly lost their home and over 50 years of memories from serving around the world. Over the weekend family, friends and coworkers sifted through the rubble to salvage any last memories, but unfortunately there was little to recover. Ernie and Carol are currently staying with Carol’s brother here in Colorado Springs.
Matt Storer, President of VisionTrust, and his family were also evacuated by the fire. While the fire destroyed houses right across the street, their house was untouched. In fact, there wasn’t even any smoke or water damage to their home.
So many people have called, emailed and expressed their concern for the Taylors and our entire staff. The Taylors are grateful for the overwhelming support and encouragement they have received through this very challenging time.
Many have asked how they can help. For many of us, it’s hard to imagine loosing everything. There are so many little things we take for granted. To help the Taylors begin their recovery, we have set up a fund to help initiate the recovery. The Taylors have also registered at Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond if you would like to help replace some of their basic necessities.
Thank you for your support of the VisionTrust ministry and our staff during this challenging time. We praise God that all our staff is safe and all VisionTrust programs are operating as normal. We also thank God for all the amazing firefighters, emergency personel and volunteers who risked their lives to keep our community safe.