Are you looking for an exciting opportunity for this summer? Compassion Services International is planning a medical missions trip to the Dominican Republic. The dates will be August 13-18, 2012. The team leader for this trip will be Pastor Mark Hattabaugh and our host missionary is Steve Shirley. The estimated cost for this trip is $1500.00 which will include air travel from Miami to the Dominican Republic, transportation and lodging as well as breakfast and dinner while in the Dominican Republic. Each team member will be responsible for the cost of the trip and will need to add in the additional expenses of travel from your home to Miami as well as any additional food and spending money. More details will be coming soon. While this is primarily a medical missions trip we do have the need for a few additional team members that could help with the children who will be at the clinics with their parents. The days can be long. Having entertainment and activities for the children who are waiting is important. There is also the need for a few people who can assist with the general labor of helping to unload and carry supplies and assist with set up and clean up. We ask that you prayerfully consider this opportunity. If you are interested, please contact us by filling out our form on our home page under Get Involved! We look forward to hearing from you. If you do not feel led to go on this trip but would still like to help you can make a financial donation on our homepage. Please keep this trip in your prayers. We appreciate all of your support.
It seems like everyday we hear of another disaster somewhere in the world. Most of the time it feels overwhelming. What can I do to help someone half way around the world? The answer is, we can do a lot. CSI has received news of a devastating drought in Burkina Faso. This drought has made it impossible for many families to produce enough crops to feed their families. It currently costs $36.00 to purchase a 100lb bag of corn or rice. One bag will feed an entire family for two months. What can you do? CSI is asking for at least 100 people to consider donating $36.00 to purchase sacks of rice and corn so that we can help some of the families who are suffering. Unlike most of us these families can not hop in their car and drive to the nearest Super Center and buy food for their families. They rely on their crops. So what happens when they do not have these crops? They are faced with the knowledge that their families could starve. CSI has been in contact with someone in the area and the delivery of corn and rice has begun to some of families in the area who have students in a local Bible School.
This family is eagerly waiting for the delivery of a sack of corn. They are very blessed because they know food is on the way. The problem is that the supply is low but the demand is great. Remember the words found in James 2:15-16, “Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs food or clothing, and you say, “Well, good-bye, and God bless you; stay warm and eat well”-but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?” We have the opportunity to do good by reaching out and helping supply food for families in need. Remember it only costs $36.00 to feed an entire family for two months.
Please be in prayer for these families and consider making a donation. You can donate by visiting www.compassionservices.org or by mailing your donations to:
Compassion Services International/African Drought Relief
3333-1 Rue Royale, St. Charles, MO 63301
Thank you so much for your continued support. When we help those in need we are fulfilling the words of Matthew 25:40, “I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”
To learn more about this situation you can visit http://allafrica.com/stories/201202151100.html
A few weeks ago the provinces of Negros Oriental and Cebu in the Philippines were hit by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake. The area was also hit with several aftershocks as well as landslides. Over 100 people were killed with many still unaccounted for. More than 2000 homes were either damaged or destroyed. More than 80,000 people were forced into emergency shelters. Due to massive damage to three major bridges and significant damage to many roads several families were trapped without access to food and clean water. Tents have been set up in areas that were once used for pasture. Total damages are estimated to be over $8million USD. We have received word from someone on the ground that a pastor in the area lost his home and 14 families from the church also had their homes destroyed. Although the threat of immediate danger has passed, thousands are now faced with the task of rebuilding their lives from nothing. CSI is reaching out to our supporters to ask you to consider making a donation to help those affected by this disaster. We are hoping to raise $4,000.00 in the next few days to help those in greatest need. You can make a donation at http://www.compassionservices.org and click our Donate to the Philippines link. You can also mail donations to our office: Compassion Services International, Philippine earthquake 3333-1 Rue Royale, St. Charles, MO 63301. Please keep these families in your prayers. Thank you for your prayers and support.
In recent days 12 states have reported violent tornadoes. The storms caused widespread damage in several cities. Buildings and homes completely flattened, multiple deaths and many injured. Some of the hardest hit areas were in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky where entire communities were wiped out. In one Indiana town a family held out hope that a young toddler found in a field would be the sole survivor of her family. Sadly, after the death of her parents and two siblings the little girl also perished. The pictures of the destruction are hard to look at it. The rebuilding will be a monumental task both physically and mentally. You can help by donating to our General Fund. These donations make it possible for CSI to be ready to assist those in need when disasters like this strike without warning. Your prayers and support make the difference for so many who are faced with tragedy around the globe. Every time you give you are partnering with CSI and helping a world in need. Thank you for your continued support.