Cyclone Gita struck the South Pacific Islands of Tonga causing widespread destruction and it will take many months before life returns to normal. The main island is flat, so the winds destroyed crops and future food supplies. CSI has been working closely with our missionaries and local contacts to assess this situation and determine how CSI can best help the people of Tonga. Funding has been sent for food, cleaning supplies and personal items which are being delivered to families. Repairs to churches and homes is the next phase of the relief effort that you can help with. Your donation of any amount will make a big difference to the people of Tonga.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Compassion Sunday. It's not too late to help this annual effort. Your support will ensure that CSI is ready for the needs that will be presented in the coming year.
Thank you to everyone who gave and helped make 2017 a successful year. CSI couldn't do what we do without you. During this past year our world saw disaster upon disaster. But, because of your generosity people around the world received the help they so desperately needed. We look back on 2017 with gratitude and we look ahead to 2018 with faith and anticipation.
2017 contribution reports have been sent out. If you have any questions or need a copy of your report please feel free to email us. All contribution reports were sent to the physical address or email address that we have on file. Our tax id number is 27-3067958.
Compassion Services International exists to offer help and hope to people living in desperate situations around the world. CSI receives an overwhelming number of requests for help from around the world each year. We want to be the hands and feet of Christ while providing for the physical and spiritual needs of those who are suffering. CSI does this by offering Disaster Relief, Medical Missions, Humanitarian Aid and more around the world. These endeavors not only help to meet the immediate physical needs of those we serve but it also opens the door for the love of Jesus to be displayed and for the gospel to be shared.
CSI believes in offering help and hope to those suffering in the aftermath of natural disaster and to those who suffer daily because they live in impoverished areas where drought, famine and inadequate medical care are ongoing needs.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas over the greater Houston area and the Corpus Christi area on August 25, 2017 with winds topping 130 miles per hour. The devastating winds and landmark flooding inland made this an unprecedented event for Texas. Through the help of so many of you, CSI was able to send relief supplies to area churches that were set up as distribution centers in their communities. The CSI mobile response trailer also served as a first aid station for volunteers as they worked to cleanup the debris.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused widespread damage in the Caribbean. In Puerto Rico 100% of the population was without power for several days. In the island of Dominca almost 90% of the buildings were destroyed. Reports of devastation were reported from multiple islands. Thanks to the generous donations of our supporters generators, tarps, and other necessary supplies have been shipped and flown to the Caribbean. There is still a long road of recovery ahead. CSI is committed to showing compassion for the Caribbean through your donations and prayers. We have the opportunity to provide both lasting and substantial support and aid to those suffering.
We also had a team of medical volunteers arrive in Puerto Rico on November 13, 2017. The team delivered medical supplies, held multiple clinics and worked with other humanitarian workers throughout the week seeing nearly 200 patients.
If you would like to join Compassion Services International and help support the Hurricane Relief effort you can use our Virtual Packet to include in your church bulletins, announcements, social medial and websites.