One Great Hour of Sharing

Around the world, millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. Each gift to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) helps to improve the lives of people in these challenging situations. The Offering provides us a way to share God’s love with our neighbors in need. OGHS received during the season of Lent, makes a difference in the world through three impactful programs:

¨ Presbyterian Disaster Assistance  (PDA) Works alongside communities as     they recover and find hope after the devastation of natural or human-caused disasters

Receives 32% of funds raised

¨  Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) Takes action to alleviate hunger and the systemic causes of poverty so all may be fed

Receives 36% of funds raised

¨  Self-Development of People (SDOP) Invests in communities responding to their experiences of racism, oppression, poverty and injustice and educates Presbyterians about the impact of these societal ills

Receives 32% of funds raised

Our gifts to this offering helped “loose the bonds of   injustice” for Olga Pedraza and others like her who   received support in accessing a job after a prison sentence . By investing in those like Olga who have   reformed their lives after prison, we help reduce the number of people who end up back in prison.   Our gifts helped alpaca farmers in Peru whose livelihoods were threatened by the poisoning of their water sources. What began as an apparent need for assistance with irrigation grew into partnership between these farmers and the PHP to support a host of environmental initiatives.   Our gifts do much more than these two examples. They join congregations all over the country as we seek to answer God’s call and make a difference in the lives of many more people.

As we respond through our sharing, Isaiah 58 also provides a promise.  As we respond to injustice, feed those who are hungry, and provide places for those without homes, our “light will break forth,” and we shall be called “repairers of the breach, restorers of streets to live in”. Please give generously. Our OGHS donations will be received and dedicated on Palm Sunday, April 9.





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