2nd Quarter 2018 Update

Here’s a look at what’s been happening the past few months at CSI.

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April

  • While we were seven months removed from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria as anticipated the long-term needs for recovery became apparent. Additional funding was sent to assist church repairs in St. Croix, repairing the roofs of four pastor’s homes in St. Maarten and St. Kitts and to assist 10 families in St. Maarten with building materials.

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May

  • Your generosity was able to provide 30 families in West Africa with food for more than a month due to a severe drought situation. This assistance allowed these families to have food while they prepared for the growing season. Due to the restrictions on proselytizing in this area, CSI is unable to share the actual location of the relief program. Please continue to pray for the safety of the missionaries in this region as they share Jesus and for hearts and minds to be open to receiving the truth of the gospel.
  • As May came to a close CSI received a request to replace the roof of a kindergarten school in Bomi Hills, Liberia. The roof was completely destroyed during a violent rainstorm. Since all of the other classrooms were full at the school there wasn’t any additional space available for the kindergarten students. Since the heavy rain season in this area begins in June there was the likelihood that the kindergarten would have to close meaning a loss of students for the school and for many of these children the ability to even attend school. Once again you answered the call for help and the roof was repaired.

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June

  • The Fuego Volcano Eruption had an initial blast on June 3rd followed by several more blasts. The Pacific coast of Guatemala received the blunt impact. The Bible School in Guatemala City was set up as the organization and distribution center for relief efforts. One United Pentecostal Church was in the direct path of the lava flow and there were 10 people connected to this church confirmed dead with several others missing as of June 8th. There were several families who had lost not only loved ones but also their homes and belongings. CSI sent an initial disbursement on June 11, 2018, to help with the immediate needs of water, face masks, respiratory medications, and basic food and hygiene supplies. Fundraising efforts continued during the month of June with another disbursement planned for July 2018.
  • In Haiti work on the final 2 churches damaged during Hurricane Matthew back in 2016 began. These churches are located in Les Cayes and Jeremie and due to the location and logistics, the work on these two churches will be done simultaneously. The work on 2 churches in Kenscoff and Miragoane have been completed. CSI is thankful to everyone who has supported this ongoing project in Haiti. BThe most recent church to be completed was in Kenscoff and they will be holding a celebration and their first Bible School Graduation in the new building the last weekend of August.

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We are so thankful for the work that CSI is able to do around the world thanks to your ongoing support and prayers. We can’t know what the next quarter holds but we know who holds every day in His hands. If you would be interested in helping CSI be prepared for what lies ahead in the coming months you can donate to our Where Most Needed Fund.  You can also support CSI when you shop on Amazon Prime Day on July 16, 2018 beginning at 3:00p.m. ET.

CSI knows that you have a lot of choices when it comes to giving and we take our commitment to fiscal responsibility seriously. We believe that we are required to be faithful stewards with every dollar donated and to maintain integrity in all that we do. Thank you for giving to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters around the world.

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South Asia Medical Missions Trip 2018

Our medical volunteers have arrived in Asia to begin medical humanitarian work. This will include health fair screenings and healthcare education and will take place in multiple cities. The focus will be on prevention and treatment of acute and chronic issues. The missionary partner in South Asia expects over 1,000 patients to be seen before returning July 2nd. Due to safety and security, we are not sharing the exact location of the trip within South Asia at this time.

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What is particularly exciting about this medical missions trip is that we will be partnering with the NextSteps team during their week of practicum. This exciting partnership will directly allow our medical missions work to coincide with young people ministering the gospel.

We need your help to meet the needs we will face and to carry out an effective program.

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Funding will go towards the following supplies and trip costs. While we use supplies, many will be left for the people of South Asia to use after we are gone.

  • Multivitamins (Adult and Pediatrics)
  • Eyeglasses (500 – 600 pair)
  • Glucometers with supplies
  • Printed education material
  • Gloves, band-aids, etc.
  • Blood Pressure Cuffs
  • Transportation Costs Between Health Fair Locations
  • Other

Thank you for your support!

Feeding Our Family

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#FeedingOurFammily- What Does That Mean?

“Feeding Our Family”- Why Does It Matter?

Two Apostolic Pastors’ Wives Lost their Lives Because of the Severe Hunger Crisis that Continues to Devastate Parts of East Africa

 

We received an email last month from a missionary contact in Uganda, East Africa, that related the following tragic news: “When people need to battle famine, it weakens them physically, and they become susceptible to diseases.  We’ve had two pastors’ families who have lost a spouse in the last three weeks.”

This tragic loss and urgent need inspired #FeedingOurFamily because it is our Apostolic Pentecostal church family and their surrounding communities that are in need. The Uganda Hunger Crisis Continues to Affect Apostolic Pentecostal Families and Surrounding Communities. You can learn more by watching this VIDEO.

Read Dr. Camra Faulkner’s article Dire Hunger Crisis Takes Lives of Two Apostolic Pastors’ Wives. 

Thank you to those that made a recent grain distribution in the village of Songo possible through their donations and support. Numerous other villages across the region and elsewhere are also devastated by famine and hunger. Please continue to pray, share and give so that CSI can help bring grain distributions and/or other needed relief to other villages in need and help End Hunger Now. Watch the VIDEO.

You can still help by Donating Today, Please choose the “End Hunger Fund” Check donations can be sent to our office.

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Please join us in sharing #FeedingOurFamily so that more people can join us in helping to end hunger.

1st Quarter 2018 Update

Making A Difference!
Thank you for being part of our first quarter projects. Your continued prayers and support reach around the world each month.
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JANUARY
  • The year began with additional supplies being delivered to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. In the picture above you can see Mirna one of the recipients of a New Year’s weekend delivery. Because of your generosity, CSI not only provides relief in the immediate days following a disaster but also months later.
  • 2017 tax letters were mailed out in January. We use the physical address we have on file or if no physical address has been provided then we use the email address that we have on file. If you have not received your tax letter please feel free to contact our office and a copy can be sent to you.
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FEBRUARY
  • Additional supplies were delivered to Puerto Rico in February. The hurricane may have been months ago but the aftermath doesn’t go away in just a few days.
  • February brought Cyclone Gita to Tonga. This was the worst storm to hit the area in 60 years. Your donations helped to supply 50 families with food and hygiene items as well as materials for church and home repairs.
  • CSI held our annual Compassion Sunday event on February 25th. This day is an opportunity for churches to share the mission of CSI with their congregations and the donations help us be ready to answer the many calls for help that are sure to come throughout the coming year. If you didn’t have the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Compassion Sunday event you can still help us be ready for 2018 by making a donation at any time. Also be sure to save the date for February 24, 2019, and join us for Compassion Sunday 2019.
MARCH
  • The month of March didn’t bring any new disasters to CSI but the cleanup efforts continued in Tonga.
  • We also discovered that our Instagram account was hacked and unfortunately we were not able to recover the account. We have opened a new account so we would love to have you follow and share the new account. INSTAGRAM

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We couldn’t do what we do around the world without you so thank you for all of your continued support!

The Giving Way of Life

 

hurricane-matthew-haiti-8How do you and I go beyond just existing and live a life that is truly worth living? How do we have an abundant life? In this broken world is there such a thing? The message the world seems to scream at us is to focus on our own happiness, our individual well-being and what’s good for me. Getting as much as I can. Excess and more and more is the message of the society we live in.  But is that really the ultimate goal? Is that all there is? What if there is more? Maybe just maybe the joy of living is found in the joy of giving and not in the joy of getting.  After all, doesn’t a life worth living ultimately come down to giving? Spurgeon said that “giving is true having.” The truth is there is no life worth living without giving, without generosity. Matthew 6:19-21(NLT) tells us, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”

Is it important to God for us to live this giving way? For God so loved that He gave….. Isaiah 58:7-9(NLT) gives a pretty good indication of how God feels about this giving way of life. “Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. Then when you call, the Lord will answer.‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply.” This world that we live in is broken. It’s aching. It’s in need. Christ gives his gifts through us to this broken and aching world. He gives to us but not so that we can hoard and hide but so that we can give and bless.

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But what if we still feel like that what we have to give is not enough? Can our small acts of giving really change the world? Change our own lives? The truth is that every gift given creates a ripple effect that keeps going. Research says that those who give have reduced stress levels, lower blood pressure,  reduced anxiety, and increased endorphins. If the physical benefits don’t convince you that this giving way is the best way to live wait until you experience what God does with the giving life. Luke 6:38 tells us that when you give your life away, it’s not just given back but given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way.

The only way to have true life is to give of the gifts you have been given. We all have time, talents and treasure that we can give away. Because, if our life isn’t about giving then we don’t have a real life. So often we want to hold tight-fisted onto what we have for fear that if we let it go, we will not have enough. How many times do we use this as an excuse to keep ourselves from giving? Matthew 6:26-34 clearly lets us know that we do not have to worry about what we will eat, drink or wear. Our heavenly Father will take care of our needs and make sure that we have enough. How often do we give but hold back on what we give because of the fear of not having enough? Do we ever give to where we feel true sacrifice? We don’t have to be void of need in order to meet the needs of others. We can’t be consumed with caring most about our comfort. Will we be the ones to live a life of giving, to keep our eyes open to the needs around us, to not just talk about being Christ-like but will we be the hands and feet of Christ to those in need? Will we realize that to live in abundance means to give sacrificially? It’s up to us to decide if we will live filling our lives with more and more stuff or if we will give so that we can have more of what we really desire, more of Him and His abundance because when we give to the least of these, we are giving to the Lord, (Matthew 25:40).

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But compassion isn’t just a once in awhile action. It has to become our everyday lifestyle. Living by giving to those who can’t repay you is the way to abundance in God. We just celebrated Easter and Jesus didn’t hold onto His life, but He gave. God so loved the world that He gave. So what can you give? Your gift will not look the same as the person next to you, and that’s okay as long as you give from your abundance. The way to abundance is in giving. So give out of your abundance to those in need. While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins. “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.” (Luke 21:1-4) The widow got it. The way to abundance in God is to give to God.

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So what kind of life do you want? Are you ready for the abundant life? The giving way of life? Compassion Services International has many projects around the world that minister to the physical and spiritual needs to some of the world’s neediest and most vulnerable citizens. We know that you have many choices when it comes to giving and we are so thankful to each one of you who supports this ministry. Live abundantly today!

2017 Year End Review

Thank you for making 2017 another remarkable year of service for Compassion Services International. Our world was marked by an unprecedented number of natural disasters in 2017. Because of your prayers and support, CSI was not only able to respond to Hurricane victims from Texas, Florida and The Caribbean but we were able to help with additional requests from 9 different countries.

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Our first request came in the very first month of the new year. From January 21st through the 22nd 41 tornadoes ripped through the state of Georgia killing more than a dozen people and leaving a path of destruction. Many people lost everything and were forced into shelters or into the homes of friends and family until it was safe to return to their homes to assess the damage. With the hope of offering a sense of normalcy in this tragic and stressful time, CSI provided gift cards that victims could use to purchase personal items, food, and clothing as they began the process of rebuilding. We are thankful for New Life in Albany, Georgia and their help with the distribution of these gift cards.

Chile Fires 2017

Just after the New Year in Chile, more than 100 fires burned hundreds of thousands of acres. By February 10th many of the fires had been extinguished but there were several still burning. The fires destroyed homes, land, livestock and killed at least 11 people. In February, CSI was able to help rebuild the home of a church member whose home was severely damaged in the fires. In the same month, we were also able to provide building supplies to a church in Louisiana that was still recovering from the massive flooding the previous summer.

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March brought heavy rains to Peru dumping more than 10 times the amount of normal rainfall. Homes and other structures suffered great damage because they were not built to withstand this amount of heavy rainfall. The heavy rains caused mudslides, overflowing riverbanks, displaced thousands, isolated hundreds more because of the washed out roadways and was responsible for more than 70 deaths. CSI partnered with missionaries on the ground to help repair church buildings like the one above, purchase food, clean water, and other relief items.

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As Spring began to blossom in many areas villages in South Sudan were under attack by violent groups. Families fled for their lives and more than 5000 people found their way to Mayom Totin where there is a young church plant. This town was thankfully peaceful and had security and so the families were able to live in safety. However, there was not enough food and medical assistance and many people arrived with injuries sustained during the attacks. The members of the church were doing all they could to share what they had with those who had arrived but they did not have enough to meet the needs. Thanks to your generosity funding for food and medical supplies were sent so that the church could provide support to several families.

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The month of May brought the worst flooding Sri Lanka had experienced in 14 years. More than 250 people were killed one of which was a young boy whose family attended one of the local churches that CSI was able to support during this tragic time. Along with this church, CSI was able to assist 3 additional churches. The 34 families that CSI helped from these churches received things like food, water, and personal items to help them as they sifted through the rubble in the aftermath. While these may seem like small things in the face of such disaster it’s often a tremendous blessing to those suffering because they do not have to burdened with worrying about the basics in the face of all they do have to do and think about.

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The photo above shows some of the damage to the ceiling at the medical clinic in Liberia that CSI supports. The damage was a result of heavy rains that caused major leaks in the roof of the clinic. Patients would have to be shifted from room to room because in some rooms the damage was so bad. Without the proper repairs, the clinic had been in danger of being temporarily shut down. Since hundreds of people rely on the services that the clinic provides each week and many of the patients travel great distances to get there shutting the doors even temporarily was not something the staff wanted to do. So many of you responded to this need and the clinic was able to remain opened and the roof was repaired.

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In July CSI was able to continue the rebuilding efforts in Haiti by providing the funding to rebuild a church in Miragoane that was badly damaged during Hurricane Matthew. While the immediate emergency situation is over CSI remains committed to helping our partners in Haiti. The only way we can do this is because of the faithful ongoing support of people like you. The work on the church in Kenscoff that was also badly damaged during the storm was completed over the summer.

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As the summer months rolled on several days of heavy rain in Sierra Leone caused a massive mudslide that devastated an entire area of Freetown and killed more than 1000 people. Residents had limited access to clean drinking water and toilet facilities. Not only did thousands of people lose their homes but because few residents have bank accounts they saw their life savings washed away. CSI was able to provide more than 40 families with food, clean water, and other emergency supplies as the people affected began the arduous task of clean-up and rebuilding.

This summer saw multiple hurricanes do tremendous damage from Texas and Florida to the Caribbean. CSI was able to quickly respond with supplies, medical support, and financial assistance. You can read more about our efforts HERE in issues 27-10 and 27-12 of the IBC Perspectives.

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In September CSI was able to rebuild the home of a Muslim convert in West Africa that was destroyed by a severe storm. This man was the only believer in his town and he used his humble shelter as a place to share the gospel with his community. Many structures in the town were destroyed or badly damaged during this storm and this man’s home was the first to be rebuilt which was a great testimony of how the one true God provides for His people. Thank you for giving. So many times meeting the physical needs of people opens doors and hearts for people to receive the gospel message.

The UPCI General Conference was also in Septemeber and we were able to travel to Kansas City, MO and have three exhibits in the exhibit hall. You may have seen Big Red at one of our displays. Big Red traveled thousands of miles delivering hurricane relief supplies.

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During the last quarter of the year, CSI continued to work in the Caribbean offering assistance to hurricane victims, schools and was able to send a medical team of volunteers to Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Harvey Relief

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Thank you for all of your prayers and support in 2017. We look ahead to 2018 with great faith and hope. Be sure to like us on Facebook and to follow us on Instagram for the latest information. We also want to remind you that February 25, 2018, is Compassion Sunday. Please join us as we prepare for the upcoming year. When you give on Compassion Sunday you are investing in furthering the mission of CSI. We depend on your faithful giving to ensure that we can meet as many needs as possible each year. We have free resources that you can use on our website. If you just can’t wait until the 25th you can make a donation today. Donate Now to the Compassion Sunday Fund or any of our other projects.

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Compassionate Christmas

For most of us, this is a time of year that is filled with the hustle and bustle that this season tends to bring. Most of us have made a list of family and friends that we will buy gifts for, menus have been planned and the decorations have been put up. The shopping, traffic, long lines, and wrapping often times create anything but the Silent Night that we sing about. At CSI while we hope that you enjoy all that this season brings we also hope that you will take time to reflect on the meaning of the season. The reason for celebrating. It’s about a loving and compassionate God who came down to save us. Emmanuel, God with us.

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While there are many gifts that you can give, Christmas is a great time to put God’s compassion on display for the whole world to see. It’s a time to remember those who are living in desperate situations around the world. Situations that don’t disappear just because it’s Christmas. We want to encourage you to give a gift of compassion this year. Let this Christmas be a time when your compassion goes beyond a feeling without any personal involvement. There are so many needs in the world that need your help. Whether you find a need close to home or around the world let your compassion be put into action. If you need any ideas you can visit www.compassionservices.org   where we have current and ongoing projects that could use your support.

All of us at CSI want to thank you for your support and want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. May you feel the love of Jesus in a special way.

 

 

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