On 1 March, lightning strikes ignited a fire in Victoria that destroyed 29 homes, damaged 447 properties and burned over 100,000 hectares of land. The Insurance Council of Victoria declared the fires a catastrophe on 9 March.

The Bunyip region was most affected with many homeowners not having insurance on all their properties. Locals are calling the fires “forgotten Friday” as many homeowners are still struggling to clean up from the devastation and have received little support.

We have three Chaplains are on the ground, meeting with local church leaders and homeowners that have also been helped by the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief teams.

We are thankful for the opportunity to be in Bunyip and we ask that you please pray with us for this deployment.

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