SOS-Survivors Of Sandy
At the end of October the East Coast of the United States was hit with what has been called a once-in-a-generation storm. The devastation this super storm caused is still being felt. Compassion Services International put out the call and you answered. Thanks to your generosity, CSI was able to deliver much-needed relief supplies to affected areas. People from around the country gathered and shipped relief items to the East Coast for distribution to those in need. Many donated financially so that supplies could be purchased and delivered. CSI once again would like to thank Oneness Pentecostal Tabernacle in St. Albans, N.Y., Glen Ferris Apostolic Church in Glen Ferris, W.V., Apostolic Tabernacle in Pleasantville, N.J. and the 84 Lumber in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., Truth and Life Center in North East, Maryland and the Salem Creekside Inn in Bensalem, PA for opening up their churches and buildings to serve as distribution centers. Thank you again to everyone who gave to the SOS campaign. You are the reason so many were able to get the relief supplies they needed.
Medical Missions 2012
Compassion Services International was fortunate to be able to help send teams to Haiti and the Dominican Republic this past summer to offer medical clinics and humanitarian aid to people in some of the poorest areas of these countries. Hundreds of people were treated during the weeks CSI had teams on the ground. These trips were truly James 1:27 in action.”Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.” Thank you for making this possible.
2012 proved to be a devastating year in the Philippines. In March a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit and in August, Manila suffered massive flooding. Then again in December the Philippines suffered yet again when Typhoon Bopha slammed the country and caused widespread damage. Many lives were lost as a result of Typhoon Bopha including 2 UPCI pastors, 2 pastor’s children, 1 pastor’s wife and multiple other church members. Entire villages were swept away when this storm hit. Thanks to your generosity Compassion Services International has been able to send financial aid to help those who have been hardest hit. Once again you rose to the challenge to help those in need.
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You also helped: Burkina Faso-Syrian Refugees-South East Asia-Congo-Southern Sudan
Because of your faithful support Compassion Services International was able to provide support so that grain could be purchased to help those suffering from drought conditions in Burkina Faso. A family in South East Asia was able to rebuild after fire destroyed their home. Volunteers traveled to Jordan to assist with Syrian Refugees and funds have been raised to send Bibles to the Congo/Southern Sudan. Your financial gifts made these and other projects in 2012 possible. Compassion Services International couldn’t do it without you.
February 24, 2013
Also, be on the lookout for our brand new website that will launch during the first quarter of 2013. We are excited about the new features and enhancements.
Entering 2013 With Great Expectations
Thank you again for a wonderful 2012. With your support we know that in 2013 together we will be able to accomplish great things.
Compassion Services International wishes you and yours the very best that this Christmas season offers. There have been many tragic events in our world this last year and several in just the last few weeks. CSI is thankful that in many instances because of our faithful supporters we were able to offer help and hope to those in desperate need. As we pause to reflect on the greatest gift our world ever received, Jesus Christ we want to also take time to thank each of you for every prayer and for every donation. There is no insignificant prayer and no donation is too small. Together we are being the hands and feet of Jesus and we are reaching a world in need. Our prayer for you and for our world is that God will shower down his comfort, joy and peace. May this new year be blessed and may we ever draw closer to Jesus and continue to fulfill the mission of Christ. We truly couldn’t do it without you. Thanks for partnering with us. You make it possible! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!
Typhoon Bopha made landfall early on Tuesday, 12-4-12 on the east coast of Mindanao with winds in excess of 200 km per hour. This is the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year. This storm has killed more than 300 hundred people with the death toll expected to rise. Hundreds are still missing and more than 170,000 people had to flee their homes.
This storm triggered landslides and flooding along the coast in the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. Entire families were swept away as the storm devastated the area. We have been in contact with pastors and missionaries in the area and it has been confirmed that a UPCI pastor, Bonie Antiga and his 2 children are still missing. We received confirmation that his wife died. We have also been told that 15 other church members perished in the storm. There are 3 UPCI churches that were greatly damaged and in need of assistance. In some areas entire villages have been destroyed. People have lost families, friends, homes and in many cases their livelihood.
The picture above is a familiar scene in the area. Bodies lining the streets as friends and family members search for the missing. Praying that they will not find them under one of the mud stained sheets. One man was seen spraying insecticide on the bodies to try to keep swarms of flies off of the bodies.
You can help those in greatest need by making a financial donation at www.compassionservices.org
There is a link for the Philippines at the bottom of our homepage. Your donation will help get supplies such as food, water, medication, blankets, and other relief supplies to those in need.
Pastor Jerry Marimon is continuing rescue efforts. Please pray for safe travel as they attempt to get people to safety. We also pray that God would send comfort and peace during this difficult time.
We have posted some new pictures to our photostream. We invite you to take a look at some of the projects that you have helped CSI accomplish!