Alberta Churches Help Fire Victims

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After a massive fire tore through a dairy farm owned by the Luymes family in central Alberta, members of four Christian Reformed churches turned out to clean up the property and get the family back on their feet.

The fire destroyed five buildings, including Rob and Kate’s mobile home, and killed 30 calves and other animals. No one was home at the time.

August and Harriet Luymes, members of Bethel CRC in Lacombe, and their son Rob, his wife, Kate, and their two young children, members of Woodynook CRC in Blackfalds, were overwhelmed by the response of their church family and neighbors.

“It’s beyond words,” said Kate. “Even before we got home there was a basement full of diapers and clothes, people calling about sending furniture.”

Nearly 100 church members showed up to help with the cleanup.

“We are so thankful for our church community and those involved in helping us,” Rob said. “Even though we lost just about everything we owned in the fire, through Christ and his church we realized we have everything we could ever need.”

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