Here’s a look at what’s been happening the past few months at CSI.
- While we were seven months removed from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria as anticipated the long-term needs for recovery became apparent. Additional funding was sent to assist church repairs in St. Croix, repairing the roofs of four pastor’s homes in St. Maarten and St. Kitts and to assist 10 families in St. Maarten with building materials.
- Your generosity was able to provide 30 families in West Africa with food for more than a month due to a severe drought situation. This assistance allowed these families to have food while they prepared for the growing season. Due to the restrictions on proselytizing in this area, CSI is unable to share the actual location of the relief program. Please continue to pray for the safety of the missionaries in this region as they share Jesus and for hearts and minds to be open to receiving the truth of the gospel.
- As May came to a close CSI received a request to replace the roof of a kindergarten school in Bomi Hills, Liberia. The roof was completely destroyed during a violent rainstorm. Since all of the other classrooms were full at the school there wasn’t any additional space available for the kindergarten students. Since the heavy rain season in this area begins in June there was the likelihood that the kindergarten would have to close meaning a loss of students for the school and for many of these children the ability to even attend school. Once again you answered the call for help and the roof was repaired.
- The Fuego Volcano Eruption had an initial blast on June 3rd followed by several more blasts. The Pacific coast of Guatemala received the blunt impact. The Bible School in Guatemala City was set up as the organization and distribution center for relief efforts. One United Pentecostal Church was in the direct path of the lava flow and there were 10 people connected to this church confirmed dead with several others missing as of June 8th. There were several families who had lost not only loved ones but also their homes and belongings. CSI sent an initial disbursement on June 11, 2018, to help with the immediate needs of water, face masks, respiratory medications, and basic food and hygiene supplies. Fundraising efforts continued during the month of June with another disbursement planned for July 2018.
- In Haiti work on the final 2 churches damaged during Hurricane Matthew back in 2016 began. These churches are located in Les Cayes and Jeremie and due to the location and logistics, the work on these two churches will be done simultaneously. The work on 2 churches in Kenscoff and Miragoane have been completed. CSI is thankful to everyone who has supported this ongoing project in Haiti. BThe most recent church to be completed was in Kenscoff and they will be holding a celebration and their first Bible School Graduation in the new building the last weekend of August.
We are so thankful for the work that CSI is able to do around the world thanks to your ongoing support and prayers. We can’t know what the next quarter holds but we know who holds every day in His hands. If you would be interested in helping CSI be prepared for what lies ahead in the coming months you can donate to our Where Most Needed Fund. You can also support CSI when you shop on Amazon Prime Day on July 16, 2018 beginning at 3:00p.m. ET.
CSI knows that you have a lot of choices when it comes to giving and we take our commitment to fiscal responsibility seriously. We believe that we are required to be faithful stewards with every dollar donated and to maintain integrity in all that we do. Thank you for giving to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters around the world.