I just spoke with a colleague about the desperate situation in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, and things still aren’t looking good. Families remain in crisis throughout the island with little access to food, water and electricity.
Unfortunately, this situation is not unfolding in isolation. At the same time:
- More than 1,000 people have died from flooding in Nepal and India, which has also washed away crops many poor families depend on to survive.
- Several nations in Africa – including South Sudan, which is mired in conflict – are teetering on the brink of famine.
- Conflict in the Middle East – particularly in Iraq and Syria – has created a refugee crisis of epic proportions. In fact, a colleague with more than 20 years in humanitarian response just visited Iraq and says the destruction there is the worst he’s ever seen.
Friends like you are helping to respond to all of these situations – including in Puerto Rico – but we need to do more. That’s why today I’m writing to ask you to make an additional gift, above and beyond your usual generous support, so that together we can reach families in crisis right now.
Each man, woman or child you reach with your gift is a blessing. Together, let’s respond to God’s call.
In a world of crisis, let’s do a world of good.