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Heaven's Family Magazine
March 2015 Issue

Disaster Relief Fund

Special Issue: 2014 Fund Directors' Report

Jeff Trotter, Disaster Relief Ministry

This Filipino mother and daughter’s tiny house lost its tin roof during Typhoon Haiyan

Unlike other recent years, 2014 brought no headline-dominating natural disasters in which thousands of people perished. But that is no consolation to a woman in China who lost her child in last year’s earthquake, or to a father in Pakistan whose wife disappeared when flood waters washed away their home, or to orphans in India as they huddled together in the dark while a cyclone ripped off the roof of their orphanage.

Heaven’s Family was there to help those disaster victims, and others.

2014 began with us busily helping our brothers and sisters in the Philippines as they recovered from Typhoon Haiyan, a super storm of unprecedented size and strength. Over $18,000 was invested to provide relief and rebuild communities.

Perhaps what was most exciting last year was our opportunity to rebuild a fleet of fishing boats that were destroyed during Typhoon Haiyan, boats that were the livelihood of an entire seaside village. We initially helped through grants, but as the need for emergency relief efforts diminished, we sought ways to rebuild the local economy with the use of micro-loans, recyclable funds that will continue helping that community for years to come.

Our ultimate goal is to not just help our poor spiritual family members recover from disasters. Rather, by restoring businesses and helping to build new ones, we strive to help them emerge from disasters stronger and better prepared for whatever the future may bring. Most importantly, we strive to share Jesus’ love in word and action, thereby encouraging the traumatized and touching hearts that have opened due to suffering.

Heaven’s Family couldn’t have been there, investing a total of $29,000 in 2014, without the generous partnership of friends like you. On behalf of those we helped, thank you so much.

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This Month's Articles

Heaven's Family's Compassion Club

Jesus so clearly described His true followers in Matthew 25:31-46. They are “sheep,” whose love for Him is revealed by their sacrifices for the “least of these.” The “sheep” are contrasted with the “goats,” who may even call Him “Lord,” but who don’t really love Him, as revealed by their lack of compassion for those within whom He lives.

Jesus’ true sheep are born again and transformed by the Holy Spirit. They want to serve Jesus every moment of their lives. They are filled with His love. They’re not “Sunday Christians.”

Heaven’s Family’s Compassion Club is a wonderful means for Christ’s followers to demonstrate their love for Jesus every day through the very means He taught—by serving the “least of these.”

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