Best known for their worship songs sung around the globe, Hillsong Church is spearheading a relief effort for the bushfires that have besieged the nation and has announced they have raised over $1 million.
The blazes, which began last fall, has resulted in the death of 25 people and destroyed thousands of homes, the church noted on their website Friday in an update about their relief efforts; it is estimated that approximately 12 million hectacres have burned thus far.
“The outpouring of love, care and concern and generosity from people from all walks of life both here and overseas, has been staggering and humbling,” Hillsong Church explained.
“As a church community we have come together over the past few weeks and extended generosity to those suffering and the emergency service workers who are giving up their holidays to work tirelessly to protect homes, land and families in the path of the fires.”
The church raised funds at a men’s event in November to send to the Salvation Army and volunteer fire brigades and has through various ministries dispatched aid and teams.
Hillsong senior pastor Brian Houston reported on his Instagram page Thursday that the church had raised $1,003,988.52 for the Global Bushfires, firefighters, food banks and others assisting on the ground.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter