Lutherhaven Retreat Center 
Victim of Wild Fires

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           Before Wild Fires                                             After Wild Fires

The  wildfires in northwestern Oklahoma took a toll on Lutherhaven Retreat Center.  The “bunkhouse” was totally destroyed with all of its contents leaving only the concrete walls to the lower level.  The well house was also damaged from intense heat as the fire swept through the grounds.  Many trees were destroyed as well.  The main house was not damaged, but landscape timbers around it were smoldering a day after the fire which marked a very close call!   Some of the activities scheduled for this summer, including the continuing education, will continue to be held since the main house can accommodate the numbers that attend. 

It was also discovered that we were “underinsured” so replacement of the building and the contents may far exceed the insured amount.  The irony is that only last week I received papers from LCEF stamped with our loan for the Lutherhaven property PAID IN FULL.  For further information about the fire damage or inquiries about helping out can be directed to Mark Wescoatt in Guymon. (580) 338-3820 Email:  The fires have caused much damage during the past week, and this damage is very disappointing to us all, but especially to our western Oklahoma brethren who have invested their time, sweat and finances to build an oasis in that area.

Keep them and all impacted by these fires in your prayers!

In Christ, the Lamb of God,

Barrie Henke