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COMPASSION FUND/DISASTER RESPONSE

Helping People Across the Globe Impacted by Disasters

Compassion Fund: Global Disaster Response
Project # 40043

YOUR GIFTS RESTORE HOPE

The Compassion Fund enables our missionaries and national partners to respond to urgent situations in their communities, meeting physical needs and sharing the love of Christ.

In Vina del Mar, Chile, devastating wildfires have left thousands without homes. Our missionaries and friends are safe, but many of the blind participants in the CEMIPRE ministry to those with disabilities were directly affected—having to abandon their homes during the fire and then losing those homes. Please pray for those impacted and that we would be able to show the love and mercy of God to those affected. Your gifts will go a long way toward providing for those most in need. Scroll down for recent updates.

Thank you to those who have given recently to help provide relief and assistance in the wake of the New Year’s Day earthquake that struck Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture. We’re continuing to work with churches in the area, and helping to meet spiritual needs in one of the least churched part of Japan.

Will you give to meet needs like these? Your gifts to the Compassion Fund will help bring relief to communities devastated by disasters in parts of the world where MTW missionaries serve, and will introduce many, many to the gospel. Thank you for your prayers and support.

Please give a gift today and help restore hope to those who desperately need it.

Funds received by MTW as part of a disaster response appeal are used for relief and recovery, construction, travel for response teams, and related needs as well as for longer-term rebuilding and church planting. Exceptionally, when there are unspent funds, they will be used in future disaster and compassion situations.

RAGING WILDFIRES IN CHILE

Wildfires that started February 2 spread to heavily populated areas west of Santiago and scorched entire neighborhoods in the following days. And estimated 14,000 homes have been lost and over 100 are dead, with many more missing. The fires have hit many in Viña del Mar, where MTW missionaries David & Danielle Grotton and John and Cathy Rug minister.

We’re thankful that our missionaries are safe, but many they serve have lost their homes and more.

Please pray for the Grottons and Rugs as they make plans for how to provide relief to their community and bring the love of Jesus to people whose lives are devastated. Pray for open hearts and God’s provision during this very difficult time.

CHILE WILDFIRES UPDATE 2-6-24

These have been very, very long days for thousands of people in Viña del Mar. Approximately 4,000 homes have been completely destroyed or seriously damaged, and the death toll is up to 122, of which only 37 bodies have been identified.

We can turn off the television and distance ourselves from the horrible scenes. But those who lost their homes and/or family members live with it day in and day out. Every time they close their eyes they relive the chaotic scenes of panic and death.

A large number of people have decided to camp in tents on their property to protect it from looting. Also, unfortunately evil people are trying to restart the fires in some areas.

One young woman close to MTW missionaries had a harrowing four-hour experience escaping the flames on foot after their car was hit by a panicked driver. The woman, her husband, and two children lost everything. A man who is blind and a participant in the CEMIPRE center ministry to those with disabilities also lost everything. His neighborhood is completely gone. These are just two stories out of thousands.

MTW missionaries and volunteers have been meeting practical needs among the community, caring for the desperate, and showing the love of Jesus. Compassion funds will enable them to provide tangible relief to even more people.

Please pray for the families whose lives are devastated. Pray that they would sense the presence of Jesus and be drawn to Him. Pray for MTW missionaries and volunteers as they seek to meet the needs of those around around them.

Chile Fire Aftermath Gallery

JAPAN EARTHQUAKE—PRAYER REQUESTS

Will You Help Us Extend Compassion to a World in Need?

Your Recent Gifts Have Supported Relief Efforts in the Following Countries/Regions

2024

Japan
Chile

2023

Haiti
West Africa
Turkey & Syria
South Asia
Democratic Republic of Congo
Uganda (Sudanese Refugees)
Acapulco, Mexico 

2022

Haiti
Belize
Caribbean
Malawi
Philippines

2021

Haiti
Ethiopia 
Belize
Panama 
Honduras
Grenada
Democratic Republic of Congo
Uganda (South Sudan Refugees)
Malawi
South Asia
Southeast Asia

2020

Madagascar
Haiti
Ethiopia
Mexico
Belize
Peru
Canada
Southeast Asia
Middle East
Caribbean

You can also mail checks to:

Mission to the World 
P.O. Box 744165 
Atlanta, GA 30374-4165

Please put "Compassion 40043" in the memo line.
Thank you.

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