CAMA Services: A Partnership of Care

Help bring hope to people who have lives to rebuild.

Riverside desires to be a church where caring hands reach beyond the borders of our own community, and share the love of Christ with others we may not even know.  When disaster strikes, we often partner with CAMA service (Compassion and Mercy Associates), the relief arm of our denomination (Christian and Missionary Alliance), to provide funds which will aid people in great need of food, supplies, medical aid, and other humanitarian relief.

On the afternoon of August 4, 2020, two explosions occurred at the port of the city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. The second explosion was extremely powerful, and caused at least 177 deaths, 6,000 injuries, and $10–15 billion in property damage, leaving an estimated 300,000 people homeless.  This explosion directly impacted both our C&MA church and the Alliance Bible college in the area.  And on August 10, a derecho tore through Iowa unleashing winds gusting up to 140 mph, equivalent to a major hurricane. The vicious storms arrived with little warning, devastating communities. The damage is expected to rise well above $1 billion, and includes a sister C&MA church in Cedar Rapids, IA. 

We are planning to help both these communities begin the process of rebuilding.

Your gifts, partnered with others, will provide immediate relief, as well as the ability to plan for disaster recovery moving forward. Being able to provide practical help has opened the door for our local churches to share the Gospel message too!

Want to join others who give gifts which allow us to lend a helping hand?  You can donate to Riverside using the link below.
Thank you for your generosity and kindness!

Areas of Past Focus/Investment:

Dec. 2020:  Special Christmas offering:  $232,630 given to local schools and law enforcement and GCF.
Dec 2018: Hurricane relief for Michael in Florida & wildfires in CA (part of a $210,000 Christmas offering)
Fall 2017: Hurricane relief for Harvey, Irma and Maria ($20,000)
May 2017: Flood relief for Peru ($10,000)
May 2015: Earthquake relief for Nepal ($15,000)
November 2013:  Typhoon Haiyan relief ($10,000)
May 2013:  Oklahoma tornado relief ($10,000)
Fall 2012:  Hurricane Sandy ($15,000)
2011:  Japan earthquake and tsunami ($20,000)
2010:  Haiti earthquake relief and meals ($40,000)