Happy New Year!

I know I say it every year but how did another year already fly by? And yet here we are in 2014.  At Compassion Services International each year we desire to help people around the world who live in areas where they can’t get it or are faced with situations where they are in immediate need. In 2013 offering that help was a reality because donors and supporters like you gave generously so that disaster victims could receive relief and people living in desperate situations could get help with food, water, medical supplies and more.

A medical team travelled to Liberia to work in a medical clinic. While they were assisting the staff  a mother gave birth to a beautify baby boy whom she named Scotty after our Director Scotty Slaydon who was working in the clinic that week. The team was also able to hold a formal dedication of the clinic.

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In the United States we saw floods, fires and tornadoes do massive destruction. CSI wishes we could have responded to each one of these disasters but our resources are limited and unfortunately it just wasn’t possible. We were able to send aid to Colorado after massive flooding destroyed many homes and businesses. In May a team went to Moore, Oklahoma to help with relief efforts after a series of tornadoes caused widespread damage. You can view a video of our trip by clicking the link below:

http://vimeo.com/67275517

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Calls for help came in from many places. Places where nutritious food, clean water, medical supplies, mosquito nets and more is in great demand. Like so many times before you answered the call and CSI was able to send aid to places like Cambodia, Burkina Faso in Africa, Myanmar and Greece to name a few.

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As the year came to a close we saw one of the years biggest storms. In November, Typhoon Haiyan, hit the Philippines. Once again you put your compassion in action and donated to help our brothers and sisters a world away during their time of need. CSI was able to send an Emergency Response Team to the Philippines within days of this horrific event. The team was able to assess the best way for CSI to offer help to those in need. One program that was developed was our Adopt-A-Church program. CSI is hoping to rebuild 25 churches that were damaged or destroyed during the storm. We are well on our way. The help has continued to come in and CSI is committed to sending continued relief to the Philippines. Relief efforts take time. The media quits reporting about it and so it gets tucked away in the back corners of our minds but the needs are still there. The needs are real. The needs are many. You can still join this effort by visiting www.compassionservices.org You can also view a video of our Emergency Response Team’s trip by clicking the link below:

https://vimeo.com/80964583

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As we look forward we undoubtedly know that our world will once again be faced with tragic events in 2014. Our desire is that CSI will be able to continue to offer hope, help and the love of Jesus to those who need it most. Thank  you for all you did in 2013. Every prayer, every dollar and every sacrifice made a difference. We ask that in this coming year you would continue to pray for CSI. If you are a financial contributor we once again say thank you. We hope that you will continue to stand with us financially. We couldn’t do it without you.

We look forward with anticipation. We know that God is doing great things in the world and we feel honored that He chooses to use CSI to help with some of those things.

We wish you all the best in the coming year. May God’s love and peace flood your life in a very real and personal way.