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MAGALIA, Calif. (BP) -- His town devastated by the deadliest wildfire in California history, Pastor Doug Crowder was leading Magalia (Calif.) Pines Baptist Church to serve 300-500 meals per day to the community. The problem was he had no bread to make the French toast his cook had planned for the next day's breakfast.
That's when a man from a local food bank walked up and said, "Hi, I'm Chuck.... Our warehouse burned down, and we need to get rid of some stuff. Do you need any bread?"
Such unexpected provision, Crowder told Baptist Press, repeatedly has sustained community ministry by Magalia Pines even though the congregation launched its effort weeks ago with no money and no food. Through their ministry, the church also has seen a spiritual harvest in Magalia, which was approximately half destroyed by November's Camp Fire. Read More