April 15, 2019 | News by Rev. Kathy Lee-Cornell
This Easter Sunday, you are invited to give generously to the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
One of the ways I became involved with the church – and an important touchstone in my path towards ministry – was through the presence and efforts of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast. Now, 14 years later, the number of catastrophic incidents impacting vulnerable communities around the globe is hard to digest.
So how does the PCUSA support congregations, communities, and individuals across 100 countries to be resilient, hopeful, and courageous in their efforts to be “repairers of the breach” (Isaiah 58:12)?
Each year, the entire denomination supports the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering in order to create the annual budget for three incredible ministries:
Together, these three programs serve in unique and necessary ways – from disaster response to ongoing community development to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope. Here are some examples of the impact of the OGHS offering is making around the world:
National Aid. Twenty-eight states who were impacted by flooding, tornadoes, wildfires, and public violence incidents, received assistance through PDA. In 2017, more than 2,700 volunteers served impacted communities in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico through PDA.
More and Better Food. 125 grants were issued by PHP supporting initiatives for sustainable food systems and the alleviation of the root causes of poverty. The Good Food Purchasing Policies in Chicago opened 380,000 students to healthy, regionally-sourced and fair food. More than 94,000 native and quality trees and seedlings were planted around the world and 5,600 loans for income generating projects and cooperatives were disbursed with international partners.
Development Projects. Through a collaborative initiative with PDA, PHP, and SDOP, a land trust was established in Puerto Rico along the Martin Peña Channel, which flows through the heart of San Juan. Thousands of residents living on about 200 acres now no longer fear the impact of gentrification as the channel is cleaned and restored, because the land trust ensures their rights to property, community, and their future.
Your participation in the One Great Hour of Sharing offering is the single, largest way Presbyterians come together every year to share God’s love through creating a better world!
For more information, visit www.pcusa.org/oghs or contact Rev. Kathy Lee-Cornell, .