Our One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) Offering allows us to share God’s love with our neighbors—near and far. By combining our resources with other Presbyterians we provide disaster assistance, alleviate hunger and invest in community-driven development.
When a community is confronted with environmental catastrophes or human-caused adversities the Presbyterian Disaster Agency (PDA) responds. After Hurricane Florence ravaged the communities along the Atlantic Coast of the United States last September, PDA provided immediate aid and PDA remains involved in long term recovery. On the international stage, PDA support made it possible for more than 300 forcibly displaced Syrian child refugees to go to school. (PDA will receive 32 % of the OGHS offering.)
In 2017 the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) awarded grants exceeding $1 million dollars in the United States and 21 other countries to eliminate the root causes of hunger. A PHP grant to purchase and distribute 2 tons of native, quality seeds to farmers made more and better food possible. Other PHP grants to develop 51 water catchment systems, wells and hand pumps for food production and food security made the environment more livable. (PHP will receive 36 % of the OGHS offering.)
Through the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) people living in low-income communities receive support to take thoughtful actions to change their lives. Right here in our community the Minneapolis-based organization Street Voices for Change (SVoC)—a community of individuals who have current or past personal experience with homelessness who come together to change the systems that contribute to and keep people in homelessness—used an SDOP grant to unearth the assets and elevate the agency of people experiencing homelessness in our community. (SDOP will receive 32 % of the OGHS offering.)
Please give generously to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Palm Sunday, April 14. Envelopes for the offering were mailed with this issue of the newsletters and are available at church.