Pastor Brady Boyd of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., stared out the window of his office and saw a firestorm of epic proportions raging down the mountains on the other side of I-25 on Tuesday.
“It was apocalyptic when that fire started coming down the hill. The whole side of the mountain was on fire. It was unbelievable. I never witnessed anything like it in my life. It was a perfect storm for the fire,” Boyd told The Christian Post Wednesday morning.
The five-day-old Waldo Canyon Fire became a monster on Tuesday when high heat, low humidity, and 60-mile-per hour winds were too much for firefighters. The fire jumped two fire breaks and began to destroy more than 100 homes and led officials to evacuate 32,000 people from the area, it was reported by officials on Wednesday.
In the midst of a fire described in historic and sometimes biblical terms, Christians from local churches, including New Life Church, began providing every need imaginable to people who were evacuating and traumatized, Boyd said.
“What I love about our church is that I did not have to tell anyone, anything or organize [a response]. They responded without me even saying anything,” he said. “They took people into their homes. They took food down to the food banks. There were people that were moving horses, livestock out of danger, they’ve volunteered all that.