Countless homes have been lost and many people have died in the California wildfires. But out of the devastating wreckage, inspiring stories continue to roll in. One woman, who has a face many people would recognize, shares how her home and her horses were miraculously spared from the flames.
Brenda Epperson once starred in the popular soap opera The Young and the Restless, but these days she’s making headlines because her home was one of the few that was spared in the area of California in which she lives.
Although at least 59 people have died in the wildfires, and countless vulnerable animals, Brenda’s home and her horses were spared. She gives thanks to God and the power of prayer. She explains how she prayed Psalms 91 over her home as the flames licked at the borders of her property.
“I just kept praying Psalms 91 over our home, ‘whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in his mighty shadow. I will say of the Lord he is my refuge and my God in whom I trust. Surely, he will save you from the fowler’s snare and the deadly pestilence. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand but it will not come near you.”
Posted by Brenda Epperson on Sunday, November 11, 2018
She was perhaps more concerned about her beloved horses than she was her home or herself, she explains.
“We could only evacuate the horses that could fit in our trailer which was three horses. And then all of our neighbors had borders so all of their horses, 25, 30, horses went in that pen. And so there were 35 horses there and the fire stopped. God stopped that fire, Wendy, right at our property line,” she said. “Every horse was okay. They had water, they didn’t even have ash on them.”
Watch her viral video.
CBS News spoke with Brenda about the fire.
“The good that’s going to come out of it is I believe that revival, that God is going to wake us all up. I know my life is changed and I just want to share the love of God even more with everybody,” she shared.
Brenda and her family are helping people who lost their homes. Not just with money, but in a hands-on way. They’re helping people to drive to their homes, providing food and supplies, and whatever else they may need.
“Two gentlemen we drove down…it was just so devastating to watch, to drop them off and to watch them walk down this dirt road. Everything was burnt and they just said, ‘My home is gone,’ and they just walked into the distance,” she explained.
Brenda hopes that this tragedy will help bring people closer to their faith and that God will bring a revival of sorts to California.
“I just want to say that God’s love is there for each one of us if we would just simply say, ‘Yes.’ And it’s been an honor helping friends and neighbors,” Epperson added.
Our precious friends who were closer stopped at police block area rode his bike to Check on our horses that where there last night I cried tears and tears LOOK they are ok. The other horses were saved also!!! These were ours that I couldn’t fit in trailer.Please rejoice with me! #JustBElieve Thanku for your prayers keep praying for everyone!!! Thanku to @mattbattaglia and @TinaBattaglia for checking on our animals we love you!
Posted by Brenda Epperson on Saturday, November 10, 2018