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LISTEN: Christians Ensuring Townsfolk Escape Fire

Sunday, July 23, 2017

WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Air1 News – Tim Luttrell) - Chances are, if you’ve spent any time thinking about a smoke alarm it’s when you left the biscuits in the oven too long. But neglecting your smoke detector can be deadly, so a church in Ohio partnered with local firemen to save lives.

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We’ve all taken the battery out of the smoke detector to stop that annoying sound. It’s a short term solution that can come back to haunt you. Research finds 3 out of every 5 fire-related deaths can be tied to problems with the smoke alarm. Lakota Hills Baptist teamed up with the West Chester Fire Department and the American Red Cross to make a difference in their community.

The American Red Cross provided the smoke detectors free of charge. Small groups of church volunteers then head out to the neighborhood and go door to door offering to install them. David Melber with the North American Mission Board tells Baptist Press the campaign is a great way for churches to meet a practical need in the community and build a bridge to share God’s love.

Church outreach director Hillary Cintron reports that they visited over 500 homes and the community responded positively. She shared a story about a war veteran who had recently lost his wife. He didn’t need a smoke alarm, but he did need someone to talk with. He was happy to welcome the volunteers into his home and allowed them to pray for him. Cintron says it was a neat example of how God opens doors “far beyond the need for a smoke alarm.”

The American Red Cross gives away the smoke detectors through its national Home Fire Campaign. Since its launch 235 lives have been saved. Their goal is to reduce deaths and injuries from fires by 25 percent by 2020.


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