Today I received a number of emails sent to all of the staff of CCC, I thought I’d share this one with all of you. It is actually a press release from Campus Crusade for Christ International’s headquarters in Orlando, FL; a place that knows what it’s like to be hit by hurricaines. There is a link provided at the end to give to the relief effort.
CAMPUS CRUSADE MOBILIZES TO HELP VICTIMS OF KATRINA
Campus Crusade for Christ, one of the world’s largest interdenominational Christian organizations, mobilizes to help Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Katrina.
ORLANDO, FL, September 2, 2005 – Campus Crusade for Christ International is mobilizing for the largest and longest relief and recovery effort in its history in response to the devastation and human suffering left in Hurricane Katrina’s wake.
“Our hearts go out to those who have lost family and friends, and whose lives have been devastated by this event,” says Mark Gauthier, National Director of the U.S. Campus Ministry of Campus Crusade. “This is a time to be in prayer for those families, that God would comfort them and meet them in their hour of need. And, this is also a time that we as a ministry can demonstrate the compassion of Christ toward those who are hurting.”
Several ministry divisions of Campus Crusade are working to coordinate immediate relief efforts while planning long-term recovery projects. Global Aid Network (GAiN) usually organizes international relief efforts. Now they are working on their home turf. GAiN is already shipping 10,000 personal care kits to the disaster zone. Similar to kits used in military deployments, each kit contains 3 bottles or water, 3 high-energy food bars, and special waterless wipes or so called bath-in-a-bag for 2 days of bathing.
The U.S. Campus Ministry of Campus Crusade is preparing to send hundreds and even thousands of college students to the disaster zones and evacuation centers to help provide the manpower for both immediate relief and longer recovery efforts.
One evacuation center already houses more than 900 refugees. Campus Crusade will provide mature students who can listen to refugees who have lost everything. “They just need someone to put their arms around them and love them,” said one evacuation center worker. In a few days, more than 200 children housed in the camp will need people to play with them, teach them and give them hope.
“In the face of so much suffering, I’m thrilled by the generous, co-operative spirit of so many who want to help,” says Jim Topmiller, National Director of Development for the U.S. Campus Ministry. “Students are getting ready to go. We’re partnering with churches, denominations and Christian relief agencies. Corporate partners and thousands of individual donors are all asking, ‘How can we help?’” Campus Crusade has set up a website where people can give at http://give2.ccci.org/featured/hurricanekatrina/.
Founded in 1951, Campus Crusade for Christ International has 60 ministry divisions or projects working with all levels of society. As one of the largest interdenominational organizations in the world, Campus Crusade has 27,000 full-time staff serving in 190 countries. Campus Crusade for Christ is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
Today was the first day of handing out Freshman Survival Kits. We were at Edinboro and handed out 200 to students in the University Center. The FSK’s included:
– a New Testament
– Blue Like Jazz by Don Miller
– a card for 3 free music downloads from PassAlong.com
– a DVD-ROM with evangelistic videos, short films and other content
– a laundry bag with an ad for EveryStudent.com (an evangelistic website)
– a flier for our weekly meeting at Edinboro
– a copy of Risen magazine containing interviews with musicians, sports figures and actors about thier faith
Our hope is was to turn up contacts of students that would be willing to be a part of the movement there as well as ones who want to learn more about Christ and what it means to follow Him. Of the 200 we gave out about a half of the people said they “might” or “would” be interested (a survey accompanied it).
Please pray that our follow up with them would go well and that students would come to know Christ as thier Saviour.
Today’s meeting lasted from 10 to 4:30 about 2 and a half hours longer than planned. It’s gone well so far and we’ve split the schools between our teams for now; here’s the breakdown of the schools that Carrie and I will be on:
Both of us:
Edinboro University of PA
Penn State Erie
California University of PA
University of Pitt. – Bradford Campus
University of Pitt. – Titusville
Clarion University of PA
Keep praying, tomorrow we flesh out what our schedules will look like!
After talking to our support coach (the amazing Tom Fraser), it’s been decided that we will be on campus for September to help with the semester’s kick off – to get things off the ground.
The next three days we’ll be meeting with the team to decide what September is going to look like for our team and what the rest of the semester will look like. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will be working in our meetings to lead us to plan in His will.
Also, pray that the last 9% of our support will come in before October!