It is a season of giving thanks

O come, let us sing to the Lord;  
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!  
Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving;  
let us make a joyful noise to God with songs of praise!

-Psalm 95

It is a season of giving thanks; and as the psalmist writes, to make a joyful noise to our God from whom all blessings flow. We can’t help but be thankful for the opportunity to partner with you. Your generosity has made a difference in the lives of so many, including the following:
  • Working with Disciples Regional Ministries, emerging local long term recovery groups, and Church World Service (CWS), we’ve responded to wildfire damage in Colorado, and tornados in Texas, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. And, most recently of course, we have been responding daily to the tremendous needs as a result of Superstorm Sandy. We will continue to stand in solidarity with and support those who have been so greatly impacted by this historic storm.
  • In war-torn Syria, through CWS, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), and the ACT Alliance (ACT), Week of Compassion has provided health care, medical treatment, hygiene kits, blankets, rent assistance, fuel, food packages, clothing, and psycho-social assistance for those who have been displaced by violence. We also continue to monitor the declining situation in Gaza.
  • The Center for Youth Integration in Belgrade, Serbia which has provided safety and education for Roma children often made vulnerable because of their social status. Beyond a sense of security, the Center has helped countless children develop a sense of dignity, self-worth, and hope for the future.
  • In partnership with the ACT and CWS, we have provided emergency food assistance to those living the horrors of famine and malnutrition in the Sahel Region of Africa, including Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, the Gambia, Mauritania and Senegal; the Horn of Africa, including Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia; and most recently, Malawi.
  • We’ve partnered with Disciples Volunteering and the National Disaster Ministries of the United Church of Christ, as well as a host of local organizations and volunteers to participate in community-based tornado recovery in Joplin, MO and Tuscaloosa, AL. We thank all of you who have who already volunteered and organized work trips to help Joplin and Tuscaloosa rebuild.
For these important partnerships and the ways they have made a difference in the world, we give thanks to God for your gifts that made this work possible.

Because of your commitment to sustainable development projects that empower communities all over the world, possibility exists where it once did not.

Because of your support of disaster relief, communities ravaged by natural disaster and human violence have begun the process of healing.

Because you helped provide a means for their resettlement, refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide have been able to escape violence, instability, and persecution.

We thank God for you and your commitment to Courageous Compassion. We are proud to be a ministry that helps the church live into its call to heal and give hope.

May our songs of joy and work for a better future for all resonate from our very doorsteps to the ends of the earth.