This post first appeared on Compassion International’s blog on December 16, 2016.
If you’re like me, you are welcoming 2017 with open arms. Forget you, 2016. You were hard! Bring it in for a hug, 2017. I will be walking boldly away from a year where our world faced hurt, hate and heartache. But if you’re really like me, you also don’t want to head into the new year without looking back and seeing, really seeing and celebrating, the joy amongst the trials.
What happened in 2016 – in the world, the Compassion world, your world?
For the last Totally Worth It of 2016, I and my Compassion friends around the world curated some noteworthy happenings and stories for us to reflect upon and rejoice over from this year.
Quotes Totally Worth Quoting
Looking back and looking forward, we know that there will always be hardships and tragedy, but we get to make a choice about how we embrace them. We will choose joy.
News Totally Worth Knowing from 2016
Feel the earth move under our feet, the sky’s tumbling down.
Nature, you fickle, complex thing. From El Nino to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, to the earthquake in Ecuador, the drought in Ethiopia and the Zika virus. Natural disasters and complex weather conditions in developing countries have left many of the most vulnerable communities in even greater need.
Why This Is Worth It: We’re not a disaster-relief organization but disaster preparedness is woven into our programs. However, no amount of preparation can save communities from events like Hurricane Matthew. That’s why Complementary Intervention proposals are written and funded to help the emergency needs and rebuilding efforts of our local church partners.
You helped us send millions of dollars to our partners who were affected this year by these devastating events! Because of you and our local church partners serving as hubs for resources to their communities, the ongoing rebuilding of child development centers and protection of these children and their communities will continue on into 2017.
Love your neighbor … or even your neighbor’s neighbor.
Not since World War II has the world had to deal with so many refugees. The number of displaced people driven from their homes due to violent conflict now stands at 65 million. A large portion, about 11 million, of these refugees come from Syria.
Why This Is Worth It: Half of the world’s refugees are children, a record number according to a report by the U.N. Refugee Agency. Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda are among the world’s top 10 host nations for refugees. We also serve children who are refugees in Colombia and Thailand.
I thought this was a great post and decided to reblog it for Compassion Wednesday. Sometimes, it’s hard to look at what good happened amidst the bad. When we focus on the negative, at least for me, it becomes hard to stay motivated to do the good. What’s the point, right? This blog post proves the point – there was a lot of tragedy, but there was also a lot of good. And sometimes, people stepped up during the tragedy and led the way toward the good – toward the better.
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