Fourth Quarter Report

Toward the end of 2016 there were significant disasters around the world. From Hurricane Matthew impacting communities along the US coasts, as well as wiping out 90% of the crops in Haiti, to the continued crisis in Aleppo where thousands of families continue to struggle to survive in the midst of the civil war. Just when we begin to feel overwhelmed, a Facebook notification, email inquiry, or donation alert from you revives our faith in our prayers that compassion for the world is still needed, and shared.

In the month of December alone, Week of Compassion provided nearly $600,000 in emergency aid, enabling us to provide 22 responses in 5 states and over 14 countries around the world. Below is a glimpse of all the places your support enabled us to respond to in the last 3 months of 2016.

From all of us at Week of Compassion, thank you for your compassion and generosity. We are grateful for your partnership - together, we help shine the light of Christ's peace to the world. Thank you!

Photo: Paul Jeffrey          Six-year old Miriam, a refugee from Afghanistan, holds her stuffed toy duck as she embraces her little brother inside a refugee processing center in the Serbian village of Presevo, not far from the Macedonian border. Hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants--including many children--have flowed through Serbia in 2015, on their way from Syria, Iraq and other countries to western Europe. The ACT Alliance has provided critical support for refugee and migrant families here and in other places along their journey. *Parental consent obtained

Photo: Paul Jeffrey          Six-year old Miriam, a refugee from Afghanistan, holds her stuffed toy duck as she embraces her little brother inside a refugee processing center in the Serbian village of Presevo, not far from the Macedonian border. Hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants--including many children--have flowed through Serbia in 2015, on their way from Syria, Iraq and other countries to western Europe. The ACT Alliance has provided critical support for refugee and migrant families here and in other places along their journey. *Parental consent obtained

Fourth Quarter's Responses

DISASTER RELIEF AND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

Africa
Nigeria, Refugee Response
Tanzania, Refugee Response
Uganda, Refugee Response

East Asia and the Pacific
Philippines, Typhoon Relief (2)

Latin America and the Caribbean
Cuba, Hurricane Relief
Ecuador, Earthquake Recovery
Haiti, Hurricane Relief (7)
Haiti, Ministerial Crisis and Stress

Middle East and Europe
Greece, Refugee Response (2)
Hungary, Refugee Response
Jordan, Refugee Response
Lebanon, Refugee Response
Serbia, Refugee Response
Syria, Internally Displaced Response (3)

North America
North America, Refugee Response
USA, Disaster Response
Florida, Hurricane Relief (4)
Iowa, Flood Relief
Kentucky, Fire Relief
Missouri (GKC), Local Church Disaster Recovery
New York, Winter Storm Recovery
North Carolina, Hurricane Relief (5)
Oklahoma, Spiritual and Emotional Support
South Carolina, Hurricane Relief (7)
Tennessee, Emergency Response
Virginia, Hurricane Relief
West Virginia, Fire Relief

 
DEVELOPMENT, LONG-TERM RECOVERY AND REHABILITATION

Africa
Africa, Community Health
Kenya, Children Education
Zimbabwe, Food Security

East Asia and the Pacific
Philippines, Livelihood Program
Latin America and the Pacific
Argentina, Food Security
Guatemala, Women's Empowerment
Paraguay, Food Security

Middle East and Europe
Egypt, Children Education
Israel/Palestine, Refugee Response
Israel/Palestine, Women and Youth Accompaniment
Israel/Palestine, Youth Empowerment and Just Peace
Jordan, Refugee Response
Lebanon, Refugee Response
Republic of Georgia, Children Empowerment
Serbia, Women's Literacy
Serbia, Youth Shelter

Southern Asia
Myanmar, Water Security

We Want to Hear From YOU

Dear Week of Compassion Supporter,

As we approach the end of the year we are reflecting on where we, as a ministry, have been and where we are going. Because you are vital to this work, we would greatly value your participation in this short survey (approximately 5 minutes):

Thank you for your prayers, your support, and your ongoing investment in Week of Compassion. 

Wishing you a merry and blessed Christmas season!

Week of Compassion
 

Celebrating Our Saints

By the traditional Christian calendar, today is the feast of All Saints, a day to remember the people whose lives have shaped us and who stewarded and imparted to us the stories of our faith. As Bruce Barkhauer of the Center for Faith and Giving notes, "All Saints Day is, at its core, about legacy and promise - what has been left behind by those who have gone ahead for us to build upon and the 'blessed assurance' of what lies ahead for the faithful." We celebrate on this day the ways in which people live on through the love they have shown. We join on this day with full communion of saints throughout all of history to declare God's goodness and witness to liberation found in Christ Jesus.

One way the saints continue to bear faithful witness is through the endowment fund of Week of Compassion. Named endowments, established to honor and remember loved ones, ensure the continuing ministries of relief and development in North America and around the world.

Rev. Robyn Fickes Bles (Associate Minister, West Des Moines Christian Church) and Jordan Blevins Bles share one story of ongoing generosity and witness through the Week of Compassion endowment.

 

Love Shines On

Milly in her favorite place - holding and being held. Photo credit: Katie Lindgren Photography

Milly in her favorite place - holding and being held. Photo credit: Katie Lindgren Photography

by Rev. Robyn Fickes Bles

I recently read that a star, long after its fiery heart burns out, continues to shine its light throughout the galaxies. Years after what could be described as its bodily essence has dimmed, the star's brilliance is still illuminating the far corners of distant space.

This can also be said for my daughter, Milly. For the 14 months we spent with her she was a brilliant light, fighting to shine in the darkness of a bleak surgical accident and ensuing traumatic brain injury. Her story, her spirit, rallied together people from around the world. Her life's work showcased the work of the church in ways this pastor has never experienced. And when our bright star passed from this world, her light continued to shine in the dark places of our world. So many people continue to speak of how Milly touches their lives, and that is why my husband and I chose to help Milly's spirit keep reaching and impacting others.

With the Wonder Milly Fund through Week of Compassion, Milly's life and brilliant spirit reaches into the far corners of our world; bringing light and hope, life and strength in those times that seem the darkest. Our Milly and the work of Week of Compassion, like those brilliant lights that fill the dark night sky, are the backdrop for our greatest moments of dreaming and hoping. They allow love to shine on.

 

A Prayer for All Saints Day

By each life you seek, generous God, to bless the world - through the tenderness of smiles, hugs, and tears; through the power of stories and relationships; through the sharing of abundant resources. Thank you for the lives that have blessed us. By their example make us to be a blessing for others. With that great cloud of witnesses, we proclaim your goodness and pray to be faithful stewards of our lives and our resources. By the grace of Christ Jesus, Amen.

 

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