Cleanup Buckets, Opportunities in Joplin, and General Assembly


As the 2,500th CWS Emergency Cleanup Bucket arrived on May 7 in flood-ravaged Illinois, Week of Compassion joins our partner CWS in appealing urgently for people to replenish its rapidly dwindling supply.

Heavy precipitation from early 2013 storms and floods has resulted in widespread and severe flooding in Illinois and other states.

“The CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets are giving hope and help to survivors,” said Barry Shade, CWS associate director for U.S. disaster response. “With needs assessment ongoing, CWS expects to respond to additional requests from Illinois and other states for buckets. When we do, we hope to be able to respond without delay.”

Only about 2,600 CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets remain in the agency’s warehouse in New Windsor, Md., Shade said.

Church World Service, a global humanitarian agency and sponsor of CROP Hunger Walks, emphasizes the importance of faith community involvement in long-term recovery from disaster. Week of Compassion’s partnership helps supply thousands of CWS Blankets, CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets and other CWS Kits for shipment to disaster survivors every year.

In addition, we work together to help flood survivors access the material, emotional, spiritual and human resources they need to get back on their feet and go on with their lives by helping communities to start their own long-term recovery groups.

Putting together a CWS Emergency Cleanup Bucket is easy! It’s a great project for a youth group or anyone looking for a hands-on activity that makes a real difference. Instructions are available here.

Help Rebuild Joplin at “The Station”!

Disciples Volunteering, Week of Compassion, and the Disaster Ministry of the United Church of Christ invite you to spend a week this autumn at the mission station at South Joplin Christian Church and contribute to the ongoing post-tornado recovery of Joplin, MO. Our partners on the ground have reported that there is a critical need for volunteers from August-November. This is a great time to take a mission trip, whether it’s your church’s first or fortieth. For more information, including registration, follow this link.

Don’t Forget! Week of Compassion Worship Celebration at General Assembly

Week of Compassion would like to invite you to a special Sunday morning worship service at Pershing Avenue Christian Church in Orlando, Florida. We will celebrate the ways your gifts enable Week of Compassion to support partners from all over the world to live into Christ’s compassion for the vulnerable, the hurting, and the otherwise forgotten.

Our friends at Green Chalice and Equal Exchange are also partnering with us to host a Fair Trade Coffee Hour with delicious fair trade coffee and tea from our very own Disciples Coffee Project. Worship begins at 8:30 am on July 14th. Pershing Avenue Christian Church is located on 2000 Pershing Ave in Orlando. Shuttle buses will provide transportation between the church and the convention center. More details are available here.

This event is free but tickets are required. Tickets are available through online registration. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office, or (317) 713-2442.

We look forward to meeting you in Orlando, where we will worship, celebrate, and share joy together!

A Simple Prayer

From flooding in Illinois and Indiana to ongoing violence in Syria, people all over the world are facing significant uncertainty, overwhelming destruction, and are longing for a sense of hope.

For all those who suffer; those who feel so intimately what it is like to live in world filled with as much devastation as it is grace, we pray. For those who put their compassion into action so that those who suffer might feel solidarity, hope, and peace, we give thanks.

To partner with Week of Compassion and put your compassion into action, click here.


This Week’s Responses:


Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance:

Pakistan, Displacement

NAPAD, Emergency Request

Indiana, Flood Assistance (2)