This week during our time in staff devotions we heard a message from the well-known Author and Pastor Max Lucado. It was a message entitled “You’ll Get Through This.” As we watched the video presentation, I instantly began to reflect on my own life. But after I shifted the focus from myself, I began to think of those that we help as an organization through International Aid. Within moments the recent earthquake that devastated Nepal came to mind. Immediately, my “get through this moments” seemed unimportant when I thought of the tragedy that they faced. The little things that I thought were devastating were nothing compared to what they would be recovering from.
In the midst of the happenings in Nepal, International Aid reached out to our donors asking them to respond with compassion to help the people of Nepal rebuild their lives, after losing everything they had. However, little did we know, that not only would our donors respond, but there were businesses in the community who were making their own plans of support, looking to partner with International Aid.
Community Shores Bank encourages their employees to help others “get through this” by hosting Casual Fridays. Every Friday, employees can donate money to wear jeans and/or tennis shoes into their normal professionally dressed environment. “We choose various non-profits in the Muskegon and Ottawa Counties to donate the money that is raised,” said Sharon Gary, Human Resource Manager for Community Shores Bank. “It’s usually based on the suggestion or recommendation of an employee within the bank system.” Sharon said she felt very comfortable when International Aid was suggested because she “knew International Aid would use the money to help Nepal directly.” And that we did!
Earlier this month, we shipped a 40ft. container of patient monitors, wheelchairs, orthopedic supplies, canes, walkers, crutches and hygiene kits. This container is a small piece of how we will be able to help the people of Nepal. So much is needed and continues to develop as the days continue to move forward.
Praise God for the compassion from businesses’, like Community Shores Bank, who give of their resources to help others “get through” their time of great need. So far this year over $3000 has been raised by Community Shores Bank and distributed to organizations in the community.
TOGETHER, we are able to do amazing things to reach the world for Christ!