I also spoke to the Mayor of Darrington today, Danny Rankin, assuring him of our prayers and our willingness to be with him and his town and area in the months to come. He was very appreciative of the call. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, a member of St. Thomas, Medina, has been on the ground and has received high praise from all the officials there. There was an interfaith prayer service last evening at which Janet Loyd ably represented us. Our Dave Baylor, Diocesan Disaster Coordinator is closely monitoring this situation and working with Janet.
The connections ripple throughout our diocese, state, and world. I am just back from the House of Bishops meeting in Texas and this was a major area for prayer each day, with many offers to help us in the future as needed. I continue to hear stories of how people are connected both to the area, and even more to people who have been affected directly by the event. That is sure to grow and continue. The Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton, Rector of Trinity, Everett has many of those personal connections within her congregation. She offered this website as a way to help you, and any you know, with explaining such disasters and loss to children.
Also, two website with graphics which try to reveal the shear size of this mudslide
Keep the prayers coming. We will keep you informed of how we can help as that is made clear to us.