As many of us gather to watch the game on Sunday, let us take action for those without even a bowl of soup to eat. Thousands of youth from across the country will join in the fight against hunger and poverty this Sunday, Feb. 6, through our partner, Souper Bowl of Caring. While helping to respond to hunger in their own community and the world, youth learn that God can use them to make a positive difference in the lives of others. No matter the size of the school or congregation, we all can help provide shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry and compassion to the needy. The Souper Bowl of Caring is as simple as holding soup pots at church doors following worship and asking worshippers to drop in an offering to help people who are hungry. Each participating group donates 100% of their collection to the charity or charities of their choice, including Week of Compassion.
All you have to do is:
- REGISTER at www.souperbowl.org
- RECEIVE donations on Super Bowl Sunday
- REPORT your donations at www.souperbowl.org
- DONATE your offerings to the charity of your choice, such as Week of Compassion
As many of us gather to watch the game on Sunday, let us also take action for those without even a bowl of soup to eat.
Relief Efforts in Brazil
The death toll from landslides and flooding last month in Brazil has risen to 840, making it the second-worst disaster in Brazil's recorded history, officials said. More than 20,000 were made homeless from the floods and landslides, which occurred in a mountainous region near Rio de Janeiro. The area -- the Serrana region -- was hit with the equivalent of a month's rain in a 24-hour period. At least 207 and as many as 540 people are missing. Damage to homes and bridges has been extensive. Some 104 bridges and 6864 houses have been destroyed.
Week of Compassion gifts have been directed to our major implementing partner, Church World Service, as well as ACT Alliance member Koinonia, a Brazilian ecumenical service organization which is the lead ACT-member agency in this response. Our overall response will include supplying 1,218 affected families in the three municipalities of Teresópolis, Petropolis and Nova Friburgo with food items and hygiene kits. Food packages will include dried meat and fish; nutritional supplements, eggs, beetroot, squash and bananas. These families will also receive organic fertilizers and pesticides as well as basic irrigation equipment to enable them to rebuild their market gardens. Your Week of Compassion offerings are also providing basic household goods and equipment to 200 families whose homes were damaged or destroyed.
Winter Storms Affect Many across the Country
We are in contact with the regional ministers of those areas affected by this latest round of winter storms and, as always, will respond when necessary.
Week of Compassion Special Offering February 20-27—Sharing Brings Joy!
For over 65 years, Disciples across North America have shared their resources with a hurting world through Week of Compassion, bringing joy to God. We have been changed by God’s gift of Jesus. God lives! In us! And God’s love moves through us to bring help and blessing to hurting lives. We have been changed because of God’s love for us. As a result, we want nothing more than to pass on that love to a world in need. Following in Jesus’ footsteps, we give our hard-earned resources through Week of Compassion to help
- build homes, schools, medical clinics, and clean water and sewage facilities in villages devastated by earthquakes, floods, and poverty;
- bring safety, shelter, and food to refugees after often violent circumstances have made their hometowns uninhabitable;
- nurture stronger futures and self sufficiency through health care, education, job training, and tools for livelihoods.
Sharing invites God more fully into our lives. As we reach out in love, we open the way for God to reach more deeply into us. Sharing will joyfully transform you as you help transform the world. Week of Compassion: sharing resources, changing lives, bringing joy.