Funds from readers are being channeled to ministries that are helping families in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Chinatown
In an effort to aid those affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Charisma gave an appeal in the November edition for readers to donate to a special "September 11 Fund." Charisma founder and publisher Stephen Strang encouraged readers to participate with him and his staff in providing comfort to the families of victims by giving to Christian Life Missions, the nonprofit ministry arm of Strang Communications.

In the first two months after the fund was established, Christian Life Missions received more than $43,000. All gifts designated for the fund will be divided equally among three ministries that are providing assistance in the wake of the attacks: Convoy of Hope, Bill Wilson's Metro Ministries and Metro Relief Fund--a Metro Ministries companion ministry founded by Chris Blake.

Convoy of Hope, affiliated with the Assemblies of God, is working on location at Ground Zero in New York. "We have made a commitment to work in lower Manhattan for one year," said executive vice president Steve Donaldson. "According to USA Today, the area has lost 250,000 jobs. The churches want to supply items such as food, clothing and medical supplies to [displaced] individuals, and Convoy of Hope will resource them."

Metro Ministries founder Bill Wilson says his organization is reaching out to the residents of Chinatown, an area adjacent to the World Trade Center that was closed off after the attacks. Many of the residents lost their jobs, and some are still without electricity and running water in their homes, Wilson said.

Metro Ministries is helping to relocate some residents to San Francisco, as well as providing food and paying rent for the needy who opt to stay in New York. When necessary, the group is also paying for kids to go to school and assisting the unemployed in finding new jobs.

Wilson said handling the myriad of physical needs created by the terrorist attacks is a big challenge. "This is a new thing for us," he said. "We've never dealt with anything like this before."

Blake's Metro Relief Fund focuses on needy children in Brooklyn, just across the East River from the disaster site. In the days immediately following the attack, Blake was "doing a lot of work at Ground Zero and in hospitals in Manhattan," he says--everything from trying to locate missing parents to organizing funerals to arranging child-care.

"Now it's just picking up the pieces--helping the kids figure out what the rest of their lives are going to look like," Blake said. Some of the children who lost a parent in the attacks are now homeless and are turning to gangs. Blake is working to rescue them through grief counseling and other forms of aid.

All three ministries are dedicated to addressing the immediate needs of the people who were most heavily affected by the attacks, but they are allowing God to use them to spread the gospel at the same time.

"The whole area is ripe for the gospel," Donaldson said, "and we are working on strategies to reach people."

--Maureen D. Eha


Tax-deductible contributions to the September 11 Fund can be made payable to Christian Life Missions, marked "Sept. 11 Fund," and sent to P.O. Box 952248, Lake Mary, Florida, 32795-2248.

Draw closer to God. Experience the presence of the Holy Spirit every month as you read Charisma magazine. Sign up now to get Charisma for as low as $1 per issue.

Get to know the Holy Spirit and how to interact with Him on a daily basis. Learn to enter God's presence and hear His voice clearly for yourself! Go deeper in your faith with Life in the Spirit and change your life and destiny. Are you ready to start your journey?

Your Turn

Comment Guidelines
View/Add Comments
  • Chuck Pierce is calling the month ahead "critical."

    Chuck Pierce Prophesies 'Short, 10-Year Window' in the Nations

    Russia is a big part of what he sees.

  • Warring angels

    Prophetic Word: 'I Saw Angels at Almost the Speed of Light'

    Here is why you must pray them through for yourself and for your nation.

  • This revivalist had a vision of hell.

    Revivalist: I Went to Hell in a Dream

    After God took him on a prophetic journey, John Burton left with an important message for the ...

  • Get the answer to your challenging circumstance in this insight from James 1:5.

    Early Warning Signs You're About to Make a Terrible Decision

    Is Holy Spirit sounding off these alarms in your life?

  • Cindy Jacobs is encouraging intercessors across the country to pray to keep the nation stabilized through December 19th.

    Cindy Jacobs Issues Critical Post-Election Prayer Alert

    Will you keep watching and praying?

  • Don't let pornography impede God's plan for your life.

    How Watching Pornography Ruins the Destiny God Has for You

    If the devil can seduce you, he can reduce you.

  • Prophetic worshipper

    Prophetic Worshipper Kim Clement Passes Into Glory

    The prophetic worshipper has experienced health issues, including a brain bleed, for more than a ...

  • Victory not defeat

    Satan's Greatest Lie That Leads to Your Greatest Defeat

    Hint: Stop perpetuating this with your own mouth. It's a huge part of the battle.

  • Continue Your Journey with the Holy Spirit

    Continue Your Journey with the Holy Spirit

    Follow God on the most fulfilling journey of your life with Encounter the Holy Spirit! Break away from past hurts and press into the One who wants a personal encounter with you.

  • Dream the Unimaginable In His Presence

    Dream the Unimaginable In His Presence

    Reach your full potential and be led by His Spirit. In His Presence takes you to a deeper understanding of who God is and how he communicates with us.

  • Set Your Spirit on Fire

    Set Your Spirit on Fire

    Receive the power and gifts that come through the Holy Spirit Baptism. Don’t go empty-handed; accept all that He has for you! His power is available to those who ask.

  • Put on the Full Armor of God

    Put on the Full Armor of God

    Break every stronghold with the power of the Holy Spirit. Use the power of your tongue to declare and decree the Word of God. Witness heaven move on your behalf.

Use Desktop Layout
Charisma Magazine — Empowering believers for life in the Spirit