Nearly 115 people from the group were invited to perform at Tahquitz Pines Conference Center in Idyllwild, Mark Johnson-Tanner, 62, of Calabasas, the North American supervisor at the group's world headquarters, said Thursday
The group, in its 50th year, arrived Wednesday about 3:30 p.m. At 5:15 p.m. they were told they were being evacuated, said Johnson-Tanner, 62.
"I called ahead of time and there was no word about being evacuated," he said. "They said, 'Come on up.'"
On Wednesday, before the evacuation, the group had already prepared a dinner of chicken and mashed potatoes.
"So we had dinner and then we evacuated," Johnson-Tanner said. "We just packed up and went to Beaumont High School after 8 p.m. on Wednesday."
Johnson-Tanner, who said the group serves Catholic, Protestant, non-denominational and "all," added that the initial Idyllwild retreat is scheduled to end at noon Sunday.
"We'll finish the retreat here," he said. "What we didn't know was the people here are outstanding. The Red Cross, Beaumont Unified, they've opened their doors here."
The group has since performed at Beaumont High before 20 Beaumont Unified teachers, other evacuees and American Red Cross members.
"We can work in secular to Christian performances," Johnson-Tanner said.
The school district cafeteria group had cooked them lunch and dinner and today would cook them breakfast, he said.
"A lady from the theater department (in Beaumont Unified) has even asked to run lights for our performances," Johnson-Tanner said.
The school district even offered transportation for the group of 114 but they declined, he said.
Deborah Allen, 47, of Cardiff, England, is also part of the group. She is co-national director for Covenant Players in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
"There's been fantastic morale," Allen said when asked how evacuees were holding up at Beaumont High. "Cal Fire is here explaining what is happening. We've prayed over them, the ones who are with us, to show our appreciation."
Johnson-Tanner described the high school as "a very happy atmosphere."
As far as what he has learned, Johnson-Tanner said that "God is amazing. He takes care of us under any circumstance. There was never a need for any stress (here). He was ahead of us every step of the way."