"Our Girls" and Our Churches: Putting Compassion into Action

Partnering to #Bringbackourgirls

As has been widely reported, more than four weeks ago, over 200 girls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram, a radical sect in northern Nigeria violently seeking to establish a 'pure' fundamentalist Islamic state.

Many of the 200 girls were members of the Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN), an independent Nigerian denomination with roots in the Church of the Brethren, a longtime ecumenical partner of Week of Compassion and fellow member of Church World Service.

As part of our commitment to respond to human need all over the world and to work ecumenically, Week of Compassion has responded through the EYN Compassion Fund.

The EYN Compassion Fund supports Nigerian Brethren who have lost a family member, home or property due to the on-going violence in Nigeria. The fund was started by Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria as a mechanism for Nigerian Brethren to demonstrate mutuality and support.  This fund is being used to support the families of the kidnapped girls.

Our ecumenical commitment makes a real difference all over the world. Your generosity-no matter the season-makes an impact in even the most dire of situations.

Compassion in the Midst of Tornado Damage 

We also received a note this week which reflects the ways your generosity has supported your neighbors in Baxter Springs, Kansas:

Dear Week of Compassion,

It is with a humble heart that I write this letter.  Words cannot express the gratitude our church, First Christian (Disciples of Christ), Baxter Springs, Kansas, feel toward you for your generous monetary gift.  Week of Compassion is a wonderful organization and the gift was greatly needed and appreciated.

I also appreciate the timely manner in which the gift is given. We have divided the funds between the families in our church who lost everything. We are one family in Christ and your organization embodied that this past week.  Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.

God Bless,
Bobby Jo Wade, Associate Pastor
 

Whether following a natural disaster that tears through a community, a human-caused disaster that garners international attention, or something that never even makes the news, we are grateful for the opportunity to partner with you and put our collective Compassion into Action. To join with us, follow this link 

The Circle of Compassion

Week of Compassion is delighted and grateful to welcome Faith Christian Church,
Memphis, Tennessee as a Circle of Compassion congregation!   More information about the Circle is available on our website.

This Week's Responses:

Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance

Oklahoma, Long-Term Tornado Recovery
Afghanistan, Flood and Landslide Relief
Texas, Fire Relief
Nicaragua, Earthquake Relief
Colombia, Flood Relief
Nigeria, Displacement
Liberia, Public Health
Sierra Leone, Public Health 

Development and Long-Term Recovery and Rehabilitation  
Oklahoma, Food Security
New York, Domestic Anti-Poverty Work
Tennessee, Food Security