United Church of Fayetteville has an active ministry responding to disasters around the world. We do this through a variety of offerings and other collections, as well as coordinating mission and service trips with like-minded groups.
When we receive special offerings for disaster relief (hurricanes, earthquakes etc.), as well as One Great Hour of Sharing and regular “advance” giving, we send those funds to Presbyterian and American Baptist disaster relief efforts. These are organizations who commit to being in affected areas long after the news cycle has passed, providing supplies, relief, volunteers, finds and materials to restore people’s homes and livelihoods. We regularly participate with Church World Service as a collection point, and creating, hygiene and school kits for disaster victims. Interested in sustainable efforts, we strive to support, clean water and collection systems in the areas where our funds are used.
In response to the devastating one-two punch leveled at Puerto Rico first by Hurricane Irma and most recently by Hurricane Maria, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), in partnership with American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), will launch a multi-year initiative, “Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico.” (For more information, click here.) ABHMS regularly supports short- and long-term disaster relief across the United States, while American Baptist International Ministries coordinates international emergency relief and disaster rehabilitation.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. PDA focuses on the long term recovery of disaster impacted communities, connecting locally and internationally with key organizations active in the response — United Nations, Church World Service, Red Cross, FEMA and others. To find out more about how they are responding to U.S. wildfires, hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the earthquakes in Mexico, as well as other crises across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, click here.
One Great Hour of Sharing is an ecumenical Christian effort to empower, provide water, supply food, and give relief from disasters, making the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, and for those who serve them through gifts of money and time. Today, projects are underway in more than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada. In the 1990s, receipts have exceeded $20 million annually.
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