Church responds after Washington State mudslide

Oso Community Chapel is the only church on a 30-mile stretch of State Route 530, the roadway sliced in half March 22 by a massive landslide in Oso, Wash., that killed at least 25 people and destroyed some 50 homes.

None of Oso Chapel’s 80 members were injured and none lost their homes, said pastor and church planter Gary Ray. But in the rural community of 500 along the Stillaguamish River, all of the members of the Southern Baptist church know people affected by the tragedy.

“We are the only church on the only road through here,” Ray said. “The church is less than 2 miles from the impact area.” Ray hosted a community response meeting at the church March 26 to determine next steps in the response to survivors.

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