On June 1, 2015 when I got to the Compassion Services offices I opened my email and saw that I had 6 emails from Brother Bobby. Brother Bobby is our contact that we are working with to continue our relief efforts. The needs in Nepal were still being presented but the donations coming in were starting to slow down. I pulled up our donation report to see where our Nepal Relief Fund was. We had set a lofty goal of raising $100,000.00 to help with rebuilding efforts and to help provide food, water, medication and other supplies. We were nowhere close to our goal. I decided I would start the day by reading up on the latest news in Nepal to see how I could write another appeal to reach those who had not yet given. How could we convey the vast need in Nepal?
I pulled up the day’s news and I started to see a glimpse into what the problem might be. My news feed was filled mainly with articles about the latest celebrity news. The two that made it in the top of my news were that Bruce Jenner had come out as Caitlyn Jenner. There was a picture of the upcoming cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair which read, “Call me Caitlyn.” Bruce Jenner first came out as transgender on April 24, 2015 after much speculation, during a Diane Sawyer interview. Jenner, joined Twitter on June 1, 2015 and surpassed one million followers in four hours. This breaks the current world record of the fastest growing Twitter following held by The President of the United States.
That same day there was an article from US Weekly about Jaden Smith and how he was breaking boundaries when he ditched a tuxedo for prom and instead opted for a black and white dress with a black suit jacket over top of it. Obviously, in the part of the world where I live, stories like these were deemed to be the most relevant and important. Who wants to read about bodies being pulled from earthquake rubble or children living under tarps in the street when such newsworthy items like these are available?
This post isn’t to debate anyone’s opinion or belief about the actions of Jenner or Smith. This post isn’t to guilt anyone into donating. This post is to remind us to not become distracted by what the media throws in front of us as newsworthy. For me, what is newsworthy is that there are still people in Nepal that do not have adequate shelter. There are people who have lost everything and since they live in one of Asia’s poorest countries they have little ability to fund a major reconstruction effort. Just this weekend 55 more bodies were pulled from the rubble more than a month after a devastating earthquake caused widespread damage and claimed thousands of lives. Nepal still has a long road to recovery but CSI is committed to continue our work there. Even when much of society has pushed this event to the back of their minds, CSI will continue to support the people of Nepal however we can.
Nepal isn’t the first place where CSI has continued working months and even years after a disaster. There are several places long forgotten by many in the world where CSI has been able to continue working because of our faithful donors. We couldn’t do this without our supporters and we can’t say thank you enough. We just want everyone to be mindful of the fact that just because a story quits making the front page doesn’t mean it is over, or that the work is complete. It just means that there is something more important for the world to focus on that day. Like what a boy decides to wear to prom or what one of the Kardashians posts on Instagram.
If you would like to help us in our continued efforts in Nepal you can donate HERE. You can also visit us at www.compassionservices.org and find out what we think is newsworthy. Visit us on Flickr and see the photos that make our front page. Again, we want to thank all of our supporters. You are putting these words into practice found in Galatians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
Your prayers and financial support are helping people in need around the world. People that many in the world have forgotten about, which reminds me of Proverbs 28:27 “Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.”