weird morning here in san diego. there are two fires, burning somewhat out of control, in the hills to the east of san diego. one of the fires, overnight, moved into a neighborhood to the north and east of san diego and burned down some houses. i’m still watching the news and don’t know all the details. heard from one of our seminar speakers this morning that he stayed with a friend in north county and can’t get down to the convention, because the roads are closed. a few of our ys staff live in areas where there homes will likely be evacuated soon. i’m still trying to find out if there’s any sense that i should be worried about my home – i don’t think the fire is moving to my area at this point (the fire in the north east seems to be the one that’s much worse at this point; my home is closer to the fire that’s in the south east).
another strange deja vu thing is that this is four years, almost exactly to the day, from when we were at a national youth workers convention in charlotte, and there were massive fires in san diego that destroyed hundreds of homes. in that one, my family was evacuated, and tic long’s house had a close call with the flames. that situation was also a couple days before mike yaconelli’s untimely death (unrelated to the fires). so… all this adds a surrealness.
oops — just saw that there are now 8 different fires around san diego. wow. all the schools in san diego are closed – it seems that some of this is due to the fact that in the fires 4 years ago, there were all kinds of asthma problems and other breathing problems for kids, when schools didn’t close and there was so much ash in the air.
that said: we still have a final morning here at the convention, including the closing session, where i’m speaking. i’m praying (and would sure appreciate your prayers) that i’ll be able to focus, and bring the message god has for me to bring. i’m sure there are plenty of convention attendees who are local and impacted by all of this, also.