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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 2012 At a Glance
Your support of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) enables us to witness the healing love of Christ to families affected by disasters. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance would like to thank the many congregations, individuals and volunteers who chose to be part of disaster recovery ministry in 2012. Whether through your steadfast prayers, your gifts of time and talent, or the sharing of your financial blessings, you help us to inspire, equip and connect the PC(USA) in its many expressions to serve Christ in the world through new and existing communities of faith, hope, love and witness.
Your financial gifts of love supported the work of PDA around the world and enabled us to program approximately $7.2 million to meet immediate and long-term recovery needs of disaster survivors and to provide a witness of caring.
Nationally, your gifts enabled PDA to respond to disasters in 34 states affecting 52 mid councils, including gun violence in Newtown, Conn. and Aurora, Colo., multiple storms and tornadoes in the South and Southeast, wildfires throughout much of the West and Southwest, and Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast. Your gifts also:
- Supported 75 members of the PDA National Response Team (NRT) in response to 29 disasters in 24 states helping mid councils as they responded to disasters in their communities. NRT members also conducted 22 training sessions in disaster preparedness, compassion fatigue, emotional and spiritual care, care for caregivers, long-term recovery and other trainings for mid councils to build their capacity to respond to disasters in their areas if needed.
- Enabled ongoing response to prior-year disasters such as the 2011 tornadoes that struck Joplin, Missouri and Alabama, flooding in North Dakota, and the 2010 Bastrop, Texas wildfires.
- Supported a ministry of hospitality for volunteers to be engaged in the ministry of disaster response.
Internationally, your gifts enabled response to disaster and civil conflicts in 35 countries, including assistance to Syrians displaced by a two-year conflict who fled to safe areas within their country and to neighboring countries; to displaced families recovering from famine, drought and civil conflict in the Horn of Africa; and to families in the Philippines who were affected by flooding and damage from multiple tropical storms and typhoons. Your gifts also:
- Enabled continued ministry to families still displaced by the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, many of whom were also affected by 2012 Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy.
- Enabled continued response to the 2011 earthquake and nuclear reactor disaster in Japan.
- Supported ongoing work in the West Africa Initiative where PDA, working with other One Great Hour of Sharing programs — the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Self-Development of People — is helping families in Liberia and Sierra Leone gain food security and rehabilitation as they recover from years of civil conflict.
Your gifts of time and talent in walking with disaster survivors provided hope and encouragement on their journey to recovery.
- During 2012 more than 8,200 volunteers donated over 384,700 hours of labor for disaster recovery serving through 12 PDA-related volunteer hosting sites. Although the monetary equivalence of this labor can be placed at more than $3.8 million, as the church we know the value of our service is not limited to financial support; by bearing the witness of Christ’s love, our gifts of service are multiplied.
- Many assembled and packed Gift of the Heart Kits to offer hygiene, baby care, school, or cleanup supplies. During 2012, some 175,745 CWS Kits were sent to partner agencies in the U.S. and around the world.
- Presbyterians participated in the ministry of helping refugees and asylum seekers resettle in the United States through our collaborative work with Church World Service. More than 5,800 refugees experienced the ministry of pastoral accompaniment and the welcoming of strangers seeking a new life.
We celebrate the many ways Presbyterians are bearing the hope of Christ to those recovering from disasters, and we are thankful for the great involvement of so many servants in the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance ministry.