Whenever I see the headlines I feel an immediate sense of helplessness. The world is just so big. The needs in it are just so great. I am just one person. I feel insignificant. I feel far away. I doubt I am alone in those thoughts. There are probably many people each day who think those same thoughts. What happens if we allow those initial thoughts to be in control? What change takes place if I listen to the voice that tells me that my good is little and in a world filled with big needs what I do won’t matter? No change takes place if that voice wins. We have to refuse to give in. We each have to find out what we are called to do. Not everyone can give large monetary donations to help fund international relief. Not everyone can leave their home for weeks at a time to travel to distant lands offering assistance to the worlds most desperate citizens. The good news is that the majority of us don’t have to do those things because that is not what we are called to do. But we are called to help the least of us in the world. That looks different for every person. God has gifted each of us with unique abilities and circumstances. The point is, we have all been given something and that means we have to be willing to let go of some of it to help those in need.
At Compassion Services International we have seen so many people rise to the challenge. They have not neglected to do their part. The little bit from here and there added to the large bit from another place has added up to lives being saved. Lives in Liberia have been spared because food relief has been offered. Cleaning and hygiene items have been distributed and while Ebola rages on lives are being saved. In areas of the world where religious persecution is a daily threat, families have been rescued and relocated. Flood victims left homeless now have help to rebuild. None of this would be possible if each of us didn’t do our part. It is all the parts being added together that makes the difference.
It isn’t easy getting rice delivered in Liberia
The challenge for each of us is to always keep our hearts open to listen to the voice that tells us what our part is and how we are supposed to help. Compassion, Mercy and Kindness are just words if no action is taken. Thank you to all of you who continue to take action. For more information or to donate to one of our current projects please visit www.compassionservices.org
At Compassion Services International our mission is to offer help and hope to people living in desperate situations around the world. We want to be the hands and feet of Christ by helping to provide the physical and spiritual needs of those who are suffering. Operating under the motto: From Him, To Them, Through Us.
Right now CSI is involved in several different projects around the world. The Ebola crisis in West Africa has bombarded the news and social media for the past several weeks. Thousands of people have died as a result of this horrific virus. It is not only those infected that are struggling. Even healthy individuals are in a very real battle. Children have been left orphans as they have watched this virus claim the lives of their parents, siblings and other family members. Food and cleaning supplies have become virtually impossible for some people to acquire. Thankfully, CSI has been able to partner with a missionary and pastors in the area to provide these needed items to hundreds of people. Our work is far from over and we are committed to continuing our work in Liberia. We reported recently that our medical director and a nurse from a clinic that CSI helped to build had died and that the clinic had been shut down. Our latest report indicates that the clinic should be up and running by the first week of November 2014. If you would like to help CSI with our ongoing project in West Africa you can pray that God would send healing and protection. You can also donate to our Ebola Fund
Recent Rice Delivery in Liberia
CSI working to help victims fleeing ISIS in the Middle East. Religious persecution is a real threat to millions of people around the world. Most of us can’t begin to comprehend what it is like to live in constant fear because of our belief in Jesus Christ. The recent reports of attacks by ISIS has bombarded every news outlet. The graphic images of this group carrying out vicious acts are so horrible our minds can hardly fathom that they are real. The aim of ISIS is to create an Islamic state across Sunni areas of Iraq and in Syria. ISIS is known for killing dozens of people at a time and carrying out public executions, crucifixions and other acts. The group currently controls hundreds of square miles. CSI has been given the unique opportunity to assist a pastor and his family fleeing this horrific situation. Our goal is to raise $5,000.00 immediately to assist with relocation fees. Additional funding will be used to assist the family with humanitarian aid as they begin a new life in a safe environment. We are asking you to please pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are living a horrific reality each and every day. If you are able to donate to our Refugee Relief Fund you will be a playing a crucial role in helping a family escape the unimaginable. Thank you for your prayers and support. For the safety of those involved CSI cannot divulge specific information regarding the name and location of the family seeking refuge. Refugee Relief Fund
ISIS Fighter-Photo Credit: Reuters
CSI has also received word about massive flooding in northern Bangladesh. Thousands of homes have been destroyed leaving nearly half a million people without proper shelter. We have the opportunity to help 104 families who have either had their homes completely destroyed or severely damaged. CSI will be helping with food, clean water, clothing, medicine and other basic necessities. Help is needed now. You can donate now to our Flood Relief Fund!
Bangladesh flooding. Photo Credit: Reuters
So many times we get caught up in our day-to-day lives that we forget that there are very real needs that need immediate response. Many of us are blessed with more than enough but for the people CSI wants to assist that is not the case. With your help we can truly help the least of these in our world.
Remember to visit http://www.compassionservices.org for the latest information. You can also like us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/CompassionServicesInternational and follow us on Twitter @1_CSI. We can’t thank you enough for your continued prayers and support. Together we are impacting lives around the world by providing for their physical needs while sharing the love of Jesus and the Gospel message.