Call and Response
North Park University students, faculty, and staff
recently contributed $10,000 to benefit relief work
in Haiti. More than half of that total was collected
during a special chapel service on January 27, 2010. By the following
week, more than $9,000 had poured in, and that number
continued to climb.
“Students heard the cry of those in need and opened their
hearts and bank accounts to meet that need,” says Campus
Pastor Judy (Howard) Peterson C’92 S’2001.
One student had stayed in Chicago over Christmas break
to save money for a new laptop and felt God prompting her
to give it to the offering instead. Another took $1,000 from
savings to contribute, and still others gave the money they had
for food that week.
“I am always amazed and constantly encouraged by the
generosity of the North Park community,” says Peterson. “It
consistently goes above and beyond, and I couldn’t be more
thankful that these are my brothers and sisters in Christ.”
The funds were distributed through Covenant World Relief (CWR), a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church with
a 60-year history of providing relief, rehabilitation, and transformational
Within hours of the devastation caused by the earthquake in
Haiti, CWR funds were already at work through a partnership
with World Relief International. CWR maintains a crisis
response fund with World Relief that the agency can immediately
tap to purchase and provide basic necessities like food,
water, and medicine.