Update from Roger Kemp: First a Mass Shooting, then Fires

By Jessica Suggs

Nov. 12, 2018

Last Wednesday, November 7, 2018, our community was violated just before midnight. By now you have heard about the mass shooting that took place in Thousand Oaks in which 13 people lost their lives and many more were hospitalized due to serious injury.

We are grateful for the outpouring of concern and compassionate prayers for those impacted.

Shortly after the shooting, our first responders were sent to extinguish a firestorm that continues to rage out of control in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Due to the threat on local neighborhoods over the weekend, most of the RKC staff was under "mandatory evacuation." The gusty south winds caused the fire to leap over the freeway and torch everything in its path toward the ocean.

Because the threat is mostly south of our community, the majority of our staff have safely moved back into their homes and none of our immediate team has suffered loss. Due to safety concerns, however, the RKC offices are closed again today. Most of our team members are working remotely and available online.

As you would imagine, these fires placed our community's grief over the Borderline shooting on hold for several days. Because of evacuation orders, many of our churches were required to cancel weekend services. We are eagerly awaiting opportunities to gather with other Christians to worship God and to process our sorrow.

Would you continue to pray for our community?

We are reaching out to you today with a request to pray for the following...

1. Please ask God to comfort those who are suffering from loss, trauma and injury.

2. Please thank God for protecting all sixteen RKC team members and their families.

3. Please pray for us as we comfort friends and neighbors who have suffered loss.

4. Please ask God to use our local churches to demonstrate the hope and compassion of Jesus.

The entire team at RKC wishes to express our gratitude for all those who join us in lifting these needs up to the Lord. It's our great privilege to work in Christian service in volatile times. Together, we continue declaring the name of Jesus until He returns to call us home.

Sincerely,

Roger K. Kemp