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OK Baptist disaster relief group seeks ways to help Canadian wildfire victims

A semi truck drives away from a wildfire in Fort McMurray, Canada, Thursday, May 5. The massive wildfire raging in the Canadian province of Alberta grew to 210,035 acres and officials said Thursday they would like to move south about 25,000 evacuees who had previously fled north, including 8,000 by air. [Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP]
A semi truck drives away from a wildfire in Fort McMurray, Canada, Thursday, May 5. The massive wildfire raging in the Canadian province of Alberta grew to 210,035 acres and officials said Thursday they would like to move south about 25,000 evacuees who had previously fled north, including 8,000 by air. [Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP]

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief is actively looking for ways to assist people impacted by devastating wildfires in Alberta, Canada, the organization's director Sam Porter said Friday.

"Oklahoma Baptists have a ministry partnership with this part of Canada, and our hearts and prayers go out to the folks affected by these historic fires," Porter said in a news release.

"I have been in discussion with key response leaders for days, and I will travel there in the next few days to see how our experienced relief volunteers may be of help."

Porter said Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers have served in many parts of the world. He said he thinks the organization's various services could be helpful.

"The Lord compels us to serve people in the name of Jesus, and we will be planning and praying about how we will help," he said.

For more information about Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, or to make a tax-deductible donation, go to t www.okdisasterhelp.org.

Posted by Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

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