CSI Appreciates Nurses

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.nurses day 2019

Our medical mission trips wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated nurse volunteers. To celebrate we have partnered with C.Saucy Scrubs for a great giveaway over on our Facebook and Instagram pages. The contest runs through Friday, 05/10/2019 so if you are a nurse or know a nurse make sure you check it out for your chance to win a free pair of C.Saucy Scrubs and a “Hero in a Scrub Skirt” T-shirt.

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Thank you nurses for all that you do! If you are interested in being a CSI nurse volunteer be sure to signup for our mailing list and fill out an application on our website.

1st Quarter 2019 Update

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Thank you for being part of our first quarter projects. Your continued prayers and support reach around the world each month.
JANUARY
  • Your generous donations allowed CSI to send an offering to the medical clinic in Liberia. This clinic is a CSI supported project that provides medical care to hundreds of patients each week. The people treated at the clinic would not be able to receive adequate medical care otherwise.
  • 2018 tax letters were mailed out in January. We use the physical address that we have on file, and if no physical address has been provided, then we use the email address that we have on file. If you need to update your information, please contact our office.
FEBRUARY
  • CSI held our annual Compassion Sunday event on February 24th. 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.
  • One of our supporters, Abi Smith, held an exceptional Compassion Sunday event at her church. She attends Christian Life Church in Delaware, Ohio. Her pastor is Michael and Shelley Wilson. Abi was able to do a presentation on Compassion Sunday where she used the downloadable resources and showed the free videos. She held a fundraiser after the service where lunch was served, and donations to CSI were accepted. She had resources available for people to look at and she had focused on the Uganda food program so she made some authentic Ugandan food for people to try. She used her creativity to make some Valentine’s Day invitations to her event.

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MARCH
  • Cyclone Idai relief in Malawi. CSI began raising funds to send water filters, mosquito nets, building materials and food relief.

We don’t know what the rest of 2019 holds but we know who holds it all in His hands. Together we can make a difference in 2019!

 

Malawi Flood Crisis

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Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has declared Malawi in a state of emergency.

As of today (March 28th), 13 districts have reported that 59 people have died and 672 have been injured. Malawi has over 200,000 people nationwide that have lost their homes. Flood waters have literally washed everything away.

Hundreds of UPC of Malawi members have lost their homes, along with everything they own. Their crops washed away, they have no food, no clean drinking water, and only the clothes on their back are left.  The loss of crops is devastating on two fronts due to the fact that Malawians use half the crop for food and the other half to sell so that they can purchase other staples. All wells have been contaminated leaving thousands with no clean drinking water.

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CSI has been in contact with Missionary Gibbs who gave us the following report:

  • As of today 12 UPC churches have been destroyed and will need to be rebuilt
  • 3 widows have lost their homes and a member of the UPC was in his house when the house collapsed from the flash flood injuring him severely
  • At least 20 pastors so far have lost their homes from the flooding and all their worldly possessions

CSI is dedicated to helping those personally affected and with rebuilding what has been lost. We are working with Missionary Gibbs on specific needs and clear projects. We will keep our supporters updated through social media. Please join us in showing compassion.

How Can You Help

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Please help make a difference by sending your check/donation to:

Compassion Services International 3333-1 Rue Royale, St. Charles, MO 63301

You can also donate online by clicking the Donate Now link below. Your donation will be used to provide much-needed help, supplies, and relief.

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Happy New Year

As we begin another new year we look ahead with faith and anticipation of all that God has in store for us. We can’t know what disasters our world will face or what type of tragedies families will endure in 2019 but what we can know is that God will provide His love and compassion in every situation. CSI wants to be used by God to offer help and healing in Jesus name whenever we can.

We also look back with gratitude for all of the ways that you partnered with us in 2018 to help people around the world living in the aftermath of disaster and tragedy and those who live in areas of ongoing drought, famine, persecution, and lack of adequate medical services. Each year Compassion Services International sets out to offer hope and help to those in need while sharing the truth about Jesus and the gospel message. Thank you again for making 2018 a remarkable year of doing just that.

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In the Spring of 2018, many regions of Africa were experiencing drought. In Uganda, UPCI Missionary Phil Tolstad reported that drought caused famine, exasperated by an influx of refugees from South Sudan, was creating a severe humanitarian crisis. He reported that two UPCI ministers wives had passed away as a result. Near that time, we also received a request to purchase grain for the Sahel region of Africa. While we raise funds for our End Hunger campaign throughout the year, these grave needs prompted us to create a drive called, “Feeding Our Family.” Your support helped to provide relief to each of these needs, distributed through the hands of UPCI missionaries.

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Following the volcanic eruptions in Guatemala, the world was quickly inundated with dramatic images of fire and destruction. UPCI Missionary Brad Thompson reported that 10 people associated with the UPC of Guatemala were included among the dead. Following his appeal for relief aid, you quickly helped raise $8,000, which was distributed through Bro. Thompson.

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During the Summer, a team of CSI volunteer medical personnel partnered with the NextSteps program in South Asia to conduct medical health fairs to hundreds of people at multiple locations. These efforts in combination with the NextSteps program not only met physical needs but opened the door to community outreach and evangelism.

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More recently, India experienced devastating floods, damaging several UPCI churches, pastor’s homes, and congregation member’s homes. One local UPCI presbyter reported that all local (Kerala) dams were opened, there were numerous landslides, and more than 100 church families were affected. You and our supporters helped raise nearly $7,000, which was distributed through UPCI missionaries to that area.

We also want to remind you that Compassion Sunday 2019 is fast approaching. Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 24, 2019. This annual event is a time of focus to raise awareness and funds for CSI. We invite pastors and churches to consider a special Compassion Sunday service and presentation. You can join us on February 24, 2019, or on any day that works for you. Global Missions offering credit is available to churches for funds raised for CSI. Together, let’s make 2019 another year highlighted with the works of compassion. We will share additional information and resources with you in the near future.

 

Wishing You a Hope-Filled Christmas

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These faces. These smiles. When I look at them I see hope. You would never know by looking into these hope-filled eyes that these boys had just lived through a Typhoon that destroyed their hometown. How do you have hope when all seems lost? How do you smile when you are faced with so much tragedy?

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How do you show up to worship outside when you are living in an area of extreme poverty and you don’t know how you and your family will survive? The answer is in a word that I think embodies the Christmas season. That word is HOPE. Christ came to give us the gift that we all want more than anything in a world filled with seemingly hopeless situations, He came to give us hope. Hope came to us in a way that no one expected. It came wrapped in swaddling clothes. Hope has a name, Jesus.

Because our hope is not in anything in this world but in Jesus when all seems lost and when life has turned upside down and it feels as if nothing will ever be right again, we can smile. We can worship. It’s because of Hope. We know that this world feels dark but Hope has come to light up the world. When we look around at all of the tragedy and heartache in the world we want to believe that things can change and with Hope we know that they can. So this Christmas hold onto the Hope that was born in a manger. Hold onto the promise that Hope has come and Hope is always surrounding you.

Thank you for every time that you have given hope this past year. Your prayers and generosity have extended the gift of hope to people in desperate situations around the world. So from all of us at Compassion Services International, we wish you a very merry hope-filled Christmas.

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3rd Quarter 2018 Update

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As 2018 continues to pass by CSI wants to thank you for your continued support. During the month of July, our medical volunteers finished up their Community Health Fair and Screening event in South Asia. The team visited 3 locations and were able to provide health care education and screening to hundreds of people. We also continued our Feeding Our Family project and sent additional funding to Africa to purchase grain for families in desperate need.

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The month of August saw continued flooding in India and we were able to help provide relief supplies to those affected. We also began planning upcoming mission trips for 2019 and 2020. More details will come as the plans are finalized. Be sure to signup for our email list so that you are kept up-to-date on these opportunities.

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As the third quarter came to an end CSI was able to attend the UPCI General Conference in Louisville, KY. This is an annual event attended by thousands of people from around the world. During our time there we were able to talk with several people at our booth area about the mission of CSI and meet some of our supporters which is always a special time. We also began an effort to raise support for Typhoon Mangkhut victims in the Philippines. Thanks to all who have given already.

 

As we begin the last quarter of 2018 we don’t know what the future holds but we know the one who holds the future. CSI strives to stay prepared for the calls for help that come in and thanks to many of you who faithfully give we are able to send that help. We couldn’t do what we do without you so once again thank you for supporting us this year!

If you want to help us be ready for the future you can donate to one of our projects HERE.

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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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