4th Quarter 2019 Update

WAY TO GO WORLD CHANGER!

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October

· In Cameroon people have been affected by civil war for the past three years. 600 of our church members were displaced. Your support allowed funding to be sent to supply emergency relief and medication for Typhoid fever and Malaria.

· A water pump was purchased for a church in Nicaragua. This pump supplies water for church activities as well as the pastor’s home.

November

· Funding sent to help 110 families who were permanently relocated by the federal government due to the major earthquakes in areas of Mindanao Island, Philippines.

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December

· Several of you utilized our new Christmas catalog to help make your holiday shopping meaningful

· In Lebanon, your support purchased 30 food boxes for families to double the number of boxes that are normally given out during this month.   

Thank you for continuing to support the mission of CSi.

1st Quarter 2019 Update

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Thank you for being part of our first quarter projects. Your continued prayers and support reach around the world each month.
JANUARY
  • Your generous donations allowed CSI to send an offering to the medical clinic in Liberia. This clinic is a CSI supported project that provides medical care to hundreds of patients each week. The people treated at the clinic would not be able to receive adequate medical care otherwise.
  • 2018 tax letters were mailed out in January. We use the physical address that we have on file, and if no physical address has been provided, then we use the email address that we have on file. If you need to update your information, please contact our office.
FEBRUARY
  • CSI held our annual Compassion Sunday event on February 24th. This day is an opportunity for churches to share the mission of CSI with their congregations and the donations help us be ready to answer the many calls for help that are sure to come throughout the coming year.
  • One of our supporters, Abi Smith, held an exceptional Compassion Sunday event at her church. She attends Christian Life Church in Delaware, Ohio. Her pastor is Michael and Shelley Wilson. Abi was able to do a presentation on Compassion Sunday where she used the downloadable resources and showed the free videos. She held a fundraiser after the service where lunch was served, and donations to CSI were accepted. She had resources available for people to look at and she had focused on the Uganda food program so she made some authentic Ugandan food for people to try. She used her creativity to make some Valentine’s Day invitations to her event.

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MARCH
  • Cyclone Idai relief in Malawi. CSI began raising funds to send water filters, mosquito nets, building materials and food relief.

We don’t know what the rest of 2019 holds but we know who holds it all in His hands. Together we can make a difference in 2019!

 

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South Asia Medical Missions Trip 2018

Our medical volunteers have arrived in Asia to begin medical humanitarian work. This will include health fair screenings and healthcare education and will take place in multiple cities. The focus will be on prevention and treatment of acute and chronic issues. The missionary partner in South Asia expects over 1,000 patients to be seen before returning July 2nd. Due to safety and security, we are not sharing the exact location of the trip within South Asia at this time.

South Asia Medical Team Arrival 2018

What is particularly exciting about this medical missions trip is that we will be partnering with the NextSteps team during their week of practicum. This exciting partnership will directly allow our medical missions work to coincide with young people ministering the gospel.

We need your help to meet the needs we will face and to carry out an effective program.

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Funding will go towards the following supplies and trip costs. While we use supplies, many will be left for the people of South Asia to use after we are gone.

  • Multivitamins (Adult and Pediatrics)
  • Eyeglasses (500 – 600 pair)
  • Glucometers with supplies
  • Printed education material
  • Gloves, band-aids, etc.
  • Blood Pressure Cuffs
  • Transportation Costs Between Health Fair Locations
  • Other

Thank you for your support!

Feeding Our Family

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#FeedingOurFammily- What Does That Mean?

“Feeding Our Family”- Why Does It Matter?

Two Apostolic Pastors’ Wives Lost their Lives Because of the Severe Hunger Crisis that Continues to Devastate Parts of East Africa

 

We received an email last month from a missionary contact in Uganda, East Africa, that related the following tragic news: “When people need to battle famine, it weakens them physically, and they become susceptible to diseases.  We’ve had two pastors’ families who have lost a spouse in the last three weeks.”

This tragic loss and urgent need inspired #FeedingOurFamily because it is our Apostolic Pentecostal church family and their surrounding communities that are in need. The Uganda Hunger Crisis Continues to Affect Apostolic Pentecostal Families and Surrounding Communities. You can learn more by watching this VIDEO.

Read Dr. Camra Faulkner’s article Dire Hunger Crisis Takes Lives of Two Apostolic Pastors’ Wives. 

Thank you to those that made a recent grain distribution in the village of Songo possible through their donations and support. Numerous other villages across the region and elsewhere are also devastated by famine and hunger. Please continue to pray, share and give so that CSI can help bring grain distributions and/or other needed relief to other villages in need and help End Hunger Now. Watch the VIDEO.

You can still help by Donating Today, Please choose the “End Hunger Fund” Check donations can be sent to our office.

Compassion Services International
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Please join us in sharing #FeedingOurFamily so that more people can join us in helping to end hunger.

2017 Year End Review

Thank you for making 2017 another remarkable year of service for Compassion Services International. Our world was marked by an unprecedented number of natural disasters in 2017. Because of your prayers and support, CSI was not only able to respond to Hurricane victims from Texas, Florida and The Caribbean but we were able to help with additional requests from 9 different countries.

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Our first request came in the very first month of the new year. From January 21st through the 22nd 41 tornadoes ripped through the state of Georgia killing more than a dozen people and leaving a path of destruction. Many people lost everything and were forced into shelters or into the homes of friends and family until it was safe to return to their homes to assess the damage. With the hope of offering a sense of normalcy in this tragic and stressful time, CSI provided gift cards that victims could use to purchase personal items, food, and clothing as they began the process of rebuilding. We are thankful for New Life in Albany, Georgia and their help with the distribution of these gift cards.

Chile Fires 2017

Just after the New Year in Chile, more than 100 fires burned hundreds of thousands of acres. By February 10th many of the fires had been extinguished but there were several still burning. The fires destroyed homes, land, livestock and killed at least 11 people. In February, CSI was able to help rebuild the home of a church member whose home was severely damaged in the fires. In the same month, we were also able to provide building supplies to a church in Louisiana that was still recovering from the massive flooding the previous summer.

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March brought heavy rains to Peru dumping more than 10 times the amount of normal rainfall. Homes and other structures suffered great damage because they were not built to withstand this amount of heavy rainfall. The heavy rains caused mudslides, overflowing riverbanks, displaced thousands, isolated hundreds more because of the washed out roadways and was responsible for more than 70 deaths. CSI partnered with missionaries on the ground to help repair church buildings like the one above, purchase food, clean water, and other relief items.

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As Spring began to blossom in many areas villages in South Sudan were under attack by violent groups. Families fled for their lives and more than 5000 people found their way to Mayom Totin where there is a young church plant. This town was thankfully peaceful and had security and so the families were able to live in safety. However, there was not enough food and medical assistance and many people arrived with injuries sustained during the attacks. The members of the church were doing all they could to share what they had with those who had arrived but they did not have enough to meet the needs. Thanks to your generosity funding for food and medical supplies were sent so that the church could provide support to several families.

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The month of May brought the worst flooding Sri Lanka had experienced in 14 years. More than 250 people were killed one of which was a young boy whose family attended one of the local churches that CSI was able to support during this tragic time. Along with this church, CSI was able to assist 3 additional churches. The 34 families that CSI helped from these churches received things like food, water, and personal items to help them as they sifted through the rubble in the aftermath. While these may seem like small things in the face of such disaster it’s often a tremendous blessing to those suffering because they do not have to burdened with worrying about the basics in the face of all they do have to do and think about.

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The photo above shows some of the damage to the ceiling at the medical clinic in Liberia that CSI supports. The damage was a result of heavy rains that caused major leaks in the roof of the clinic. Patients would have to be shifted from room to room because in some rooms the damage was so bad. Without the proper repairs, the clinic had been in danger of being temporarily shut down. Since hundreds of people rely on the services that the clinic provides each week and many of the patients travel great distances to get there shutting the doors even temporarily was not something the staff wanted to do. So many of you responded to this need and the clinic was able to remain opened and the roof was repaired.

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In July CSI was able to continue the rebuilding efforts in Haiti by providing the funding to rebuild a church in Miragoane that was badly damaged during Hurricane Matthew. While the immediate emergency situation is over CSI remains committed to helping our partners in Haiti. The only way we can do this is because of the faithful ongoing support of people like you. The work on the church in Kenscoff that was also badly damaged during the storm was completed over the summer.

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As the summer months rolled on several days of heavy rain in Sierra Leone caused a massive mudslide that devastated an entire area of Freetown and killed more than 1000 people. Residents had limited access to clean drinking water and toilet facilities. Not only did thousands of people lose their homes but because few residents have bank accounts they saw their life savings washed away. CSI was able to provide more than 40 families with food, clean water, and other emergency supplies as the people affected began the arduous task of clean-up and rebuilding.

This summer saw multiple hurricanes do tremendous damage from Texas and Florida to the Caribbean. CSI was able to quickly respond with supplies, medical support, and financial assistance. You can read more about our efforts HERE in issues 27-10 and 27-12 of the IBC Perspectives.

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In September CSI was able to rebuild the home of a Muslim convert in West Africa that was destroyed by a severe storm. This man was the only believer in his town and he used his humble shelter as a place to share the gospel with his community. Many structures in the town were destroyed or badly damaged during this storm and this man’s home was the first to be rebuilt which was a great testimony of how the one true God provides for His people. Thank you for giving. So many times meeting the physical needs of people opens doors and hearts for people to receive the gospel message.

The UPCI General Conference was also in Septemeber and we were able to travel to Kansas City, MO and have three exhibits in the exhibit hall. You may have seen Big Red at one of our displays. Big Red traveled thousands of miles delivering hurricane relief supplies.

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During the last quarter of the year, CSI continued to work in the Caribbean offering assistance to hurricane victims, schools and was able to send a medical team of volunteers to Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Harvey Relief

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Thank you for all of your prayers and support in 2017. We look ahead to 2018 with great faith and hope. Be sure to like us on Facebook and to follow us on Instagram for the latest information. We also want to remind you that February 25, 2018, is Compassion Sunday. Please join us as we prepare for the upcoming year. When you give on Compassion Sunday you are investing in furthering the mission of CSI. We depend on your faithful giving to ensure that we can meet as many needs as possible each year. We have free resources that you can use on our website. If you just can’t wait until the 25th you can make a donation today. Donate Now to the Compassion Sunday Fund or any of our other projects.

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The best way to help after disaster

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On Sunday, 1/22/17 a large wedge-shaped tornado ripped through the counties of Albany and Dougherty in the state of Georgia. Multiple lives have been lost, houses were leveled and mobile homes were shredded. Many families have been left without homes, food, warmth or hope. With your help, CSI wants to offer hope in the name of Jesus to those who are just starting to pick up the pieces. We are taking financial contributions to help purchase gift cards for families who are staying in local churches and shelters. This will allow them to purchase the items that they need. It might seem like a small thing but when you are staying in a shelter and need to brush your teeth or wash your hair it is comforting to be able to use the same brands that you use at home. It helps to create a small sense of normalcy in the midst of chaos. DONATE NOW

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Anytime a disaster like this happens people are moved to action. When natural disasters ravage the world people get compassionate and generous and that’s a good thing. However, in many instances those good intentions become anything but. Disaster relief organizations like CSI are trying to figure out better ways to channel the good intentions of those who want to give. While it  might be hard to comprehend, many times the scores of unsolicited and unneeded items received are what relief organizations refer to as the disaster after the disaster.

It’s hard to tell anyone that what they are wanting to give to help someone might not be the best thing. But in many instances even our best intentions just aren’t useful and actually cause more work and expense for relief agencies. In Newtown, Connecticut after the horrific school shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children and 6 adults the town was inundated with donations of thousands and thousands of teddy bears. The thought process behind these donations was that the surviving children needed comfort and teddy bears bring comfort. This is true and a very nice gesture.  However, a 20,000 square foot warehouse had to be rented just to store all of the unneeded teddy bears.

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This photo shows the tens of thousands of stuffed animals, donated to the children of Newtown, Conn., following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, fill a warehouse. Most donations were sent away. CHRIS KELSEY

When hurricane Andrew in 1992  ravaged the South Florida coast so many unsolicited clothing donations showed up in trucks that drivers couldn’t find organizations that would take them so they just unloaded them on the sides of the road. Rain and heat don’t mix well with used clothing. In 2004, following the Indian Ocean tsunami, a beach in Indonesia was piled with used clothing that had been donated.There just wasn’t time for  volunteers and workers to sort through and wash old clothes. These contributions just sat and rotted.”This very quickly went toxic and had to be destroyed,” said Juanita Rilling, director of the Center for International Disaster Information in Washington, D.C.  So what happened? Local officials poured gasoline on it and set it on fire. And then it was out to sea.

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 Donated clothing discarded on the beach at Banda Aceh, Indonesia. USAID/OFDA

 

Even CSI has been faced with this situation before. Well meaning people have donated unsolicited items when they hear we are responding to a particular disaster. We have received expired medication, old clothing and household items that were unfortunately not needed. When organizations receive this type of stuff it takes man power to sort through everything and then in many instances we have to find somehow to safely dispose of the items. What many people don’t realize is that any food and medication donation has to be thouroughly inspected and properly labeled. Old clothing sometimes requires cleaning. This takes time away from volunteers doing critical tasks. This is what one volunteer worker describes as “disorganized generosity”. Really the only time to donate these types of things is when an organization specifically asks for them and has a specific location for the items to be received and the manpower to handle to unloading and sorting.

CSI receives frequent calls from people who want to ship items to disaster areas whether that be overseas or within the USA. However, this isn’t the most cost-effective way to get needed supplies to those who need them. Many times, especially when shipping overseas, the cost of shipping and customs is more than purchasing new items locally. Many times even in disaster situations the needed supplies can be purchased in a nearby country or state. This saves shipping and customs costs and helps to revive the local economy. CSI is uniquely positioned with contacts all over the world who are able to help us with these types of local purchases making the shipping of items in most instances unnecessary.

One of our main goals is that everything we provide be a help and not a hindrance. We also want to treat people with the dignity and respect that they deserve. While it is true that people who have lost everything have a need for everything to be replaced, we do not want to provide them with just anything. We want everything that they receive to be useful to them in their time of need.

CSI knows that you have a desire to help those in need and we never want to discourage anyone from giving. We know that monetary donations can feel impersonal to many but in reality monetary donations after a disaster are one of the most compassionate things you can do. DONATE NOW

Please be sure to sign up for our mailing list , visit our website and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where we will post any specific items that we are collecting in the aftermath of a disaster.

We truly are thankful for each one of you who supports the work of CSI. It’s because of you that people in need receive the help they need.

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2016 Year in Review

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2016 was a year filled with challenges and triumphs. Above all it was a year where you once again worked to provide help to people all over the world who experienced devastation due to a natural disaster or who live in areas of ongoing hunger, inadequate medical care and continual humanitarian crisis.

Take a look at where your donations were sent:

Myanmar

Burkina Faso

Fiji

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Fiji

Uganda

Louisiana

South Sudan

Ecuador

North Carolina

Haiti

Zimbabwe

Texas

Dominican Republic

Costa Rica

Nicaragua

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When you give to CSI you can feel secure in knowing that your donation dollars are changing lives, giving hope, offering healing and sharing Christ’s love. Truthfully, CSI couldn’t do what we do without you. Thank you for another year of being the hands and feet of Jesus to a world in need. Thank you for putting your Compassion In Action.

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Thank you for opening your hearts and for answering the cries for help from your brothers and sisters around the world.

How your donations were used:

Hunger Relief

Hurricane Relief

Medical Mission s

Flood Relief

Education

Emergency Shelter

Clean Water

Cyclone Relief

Earthquake Relief

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We pray you have a blessed 2017!

2nd Quarter 2014 Update

Refugee Relief
CSI was presented with the opportunity during the second quarter of 2014 to help refugees who were forced to flee their homes due to religious persecution. We believe that those of us who experience religious freedom need to stand with our brothers and sisters around the world in their time of need. Our donors came through and helped us raise $5,000.00 to help with this effort. We can’t thank you enough for answering the call for help. These funds were used to help provide safe housing for families along with basic necessities and food.

*For the safety of the families we have not included any personal information or their location.

Flood Relief
During the second quarter of 2014 Serbia experienced three month’s worth of rain in three days. The torrential rain caused widespread flooding and thousands of mudslides forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. Entire towns were destroyed and dozens lost their lives. Thank you for helping us send flood victims the financial assistance they so desperately needed.

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Monthly Giving Option
We want to thank each of you for your support. We also wanted to let you know that CSI offers its donors the opportunity to become a monthly supporter. Visit our website, http://www.compassionservices.org/#/donate-now where you can choose from our many relief funds and set up a monthly recurring donation. Your monthly support helps to ensure that when CSI receives a call for help we can answer that call quickly and send aid to those who need it.

You Make The Difference
At CSI we’re just like you. We’re employees, parents, retirees, students…you name it. But the one thing we all have in common is our dedication to help those in need. Together we can continue to help those in need around the globe. For everyone who donated during the 2nd quarter, thank you, we appreciate your generosity. And if you’ve been meaning to make a contribution, it’s not too late.
Donate Now at http://www.compassionservices.org/#/donate-now

Thank you again for a great 2nd Quarter. We are looking forward to great things for 3rd quarter.

1st Quarter 2013

It is hard to believe that the first quarter of 2013 is already over. Like most of you Compassion Services International likes to set goals at the first of each year. Goals that with the help of our supporters we know together we can achieve.

During the first quarter of 2013 many have continued to answer the call to help victims in Africa with donations to our End Hunger Fund. There are still many who live with the knowledge that they do not have enough to eat. The fact that unless a miracle happens they will not be able to feed their families in Burkina Faso, Malawi and other areas in Africa. Because of your support we have been able to send funds for the purchase of grain to our contacts on the ground. This grain is then distributed in the neediest areas. Thank you again for putting your compassion in action.

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The first quarter also heard the call to help Cyclone Nilam victims in Sri Lanka, flood victims in Nigeria and those in Bangladesh suffering from the coldest temperatures the area had faced in many years. Your faithful support allowed CSI to send aid to area missionaries who were able to help those in greatest need in each of these areas. You are making a difference in the lives of so many because of your generosity.

We were also excited to announce the launch of our new website. Same address but a brand new look. We hope that you have enjoyed the transformation. Remember to visit our website for the latest information.
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In February we held our annual Compassion Sunday offering. This is an annual offering where CSI raises money for our General Fund. By having our General Fund at a surplus we are able to respond quickly whenever disaster strikes. When an emergency situation happens we do not want to wait to act. When you donate to our General Fund you make it possible for CSI to respond quickly and get the needed aid to those who need it most. Thank you for your support. There is still time to help us get our Emergency Fund ready! You can donate by visiting our homepage and clicking the donate now link.

In March, we were able to set up a booth at the Urshan College Music Arts Festival. By attending these events we are able to reconnect with current supporters and spread the message of what CSI is all about and what we are doing in the world. It gives us the chance to recruit new volunteers for the team. We appreciate these times to get out and see our supporters face to face and meet the new supporters. I even had the chance to see one of our Haiti 2012 team members, Amber Glass, while at the conference.

Me and Amber Glass at Urshan

We love staying connected so be sure to follow us on facebook, twitter, pinterest and linkedin. You can also join our mailing list by visiting our homepage and clicking on the contact us link.
Once again we thank you for your prayers and support. The work that CSI accomplishes could not happen without you. Together we can do great things!