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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 development.

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.