There’s always something new with Week of Compassion! We never know day to day what we might be called upon to respond to; you never know how your faithful and generous gifts to Week of Compassion may be needed. As you probably know, we respond to human need around the world, on average, every other day. In order to keep you informed, we have decided to “tweak” the ways that we write and send out these email updates. Starting next week, we will be sending out two weekly emails. On Tuesdays, you will receive an email very much like the email updates you are used to receiving, written by Amy, Brandon, or one of our great partners across the world involved in the relief, development, and refugee ministries of Week of Compassion. On Thursdays, you will receive an email entitled “What’s New with Week of Compassion?” and there will be a digest of quick reads, links, and resources that you can use in communication with your church, community, and friends about the work and witness of Week of Compassion, as well as a list of the places we have responded during that week.
Thank you for your faithful support. It is our hope that this helps keep all of us “in the loop” about the ministry you, our partners in the pews, partners overseas, and staff are doing together. We give thanks to the God of peace, hope, and creative grace who gives energy to this critical and compassionate ministry.
Week of Compassion in Action
Chris Herlinger of Church World Service sends back this report of work being done on the grassroots level in Haiti:
A sense of family: The quiet, localized efforts of Haitians assisting fellow Haitians
As Fontil Louiner sees it, faced with the reality of damaged homes and lost income, he and more than two dozen family members and friends had no alternative but to pull up stakes and leave the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.
“We had no other choice. We couldn’t stay,” said the 39-year-old video technician who recently returned to his hometown of Petite Riviere, in the northern department of Artibonite.
But in doing so – and helping establish a 500-meals-a-day feeding program in Petite Riviere -- Louiner not only became part of a wider exodus out of Port-au-Prince; he also became part of a story that has often been overlooked in the rush of recent images and narratives of international aid workers assisting Haitians.
For more on this story, click here.
Souper Bowl OF Caring
Thanks to so many congregations, youth groups, and individuals, Souper Bowl of Caring is rejoicing over another successful year of congregations, schools and other charitable individuals joining together to make a difference in the fight against hunger.
So far, 225 Disciples of Christ congregations have donated more than $90,000 in cash and food items to charities as part of the Souper Bowl of Caring!
Thanks to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the thousands of other groups that have reported, the national total is more than $8 million...and growing! Together, we are fighting hunger and poverty while transforming the time around the Super Bowl into a movement of giving and serving. Thanks to many of you who contributed a portion of your Souper Bowl offerings to Week of Compassion.
If you participated, make sure your church has been added to the national total.
REPORT your Souper Bowl of Caring results online today by clicking here.
Music for Haiti: “To Haiti With Love”
Woodmont Christian Church recently sponsored “To Haiti With Love,” a benefit concert featuring Disciple Musicians Andra Moran, Thom Schuyler, Gabe Dixon, and many others, including special guest Vince Gill. Pictures are available here.
The work goes on! As always, we give great thanks for your faithful ministry with us. What we can accomplish together, with God’s grace, is pretty incredible. Thank you for your daring, creative, courageous compassion.