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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
2013 at a Glance
Thank you to the many congregations, individuals and volunteers who chose to be part of disaster recovery ministry in 2013. Your support of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) enables us to witness the healing love of Christ to families affected by disasters. 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 enabled us to program approximately $5.25 million to meet immediate and long-term recovery needs of disaster survivors and to provide a witness of caring in 47 mid councils in 28 states nationally and in 25 international countries.
Internationally, your gifts enabled response to disasters and civil conflicts, including assistance for Syrians seeking safety in neighboring countries; support for displaced people seeking peace and restoration in the new country of South Sudan; and relief for families in the Philippines affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Your gifts also:
- Continued to minister to families affected by the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, many of whom were also affected by 2012 Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy. The response includes building homes and schools, and the restoration of food security and livelihoods.
- Enabled a continued response to the 2011 earthquake/tsunami/nuclear reactor disaster in Japan.
- Supported the ongoing joint work of OGHS programs in the West Africa Initiative, helping families in Liberia and Sierra Leone gain food security and rehabilitation as they recover from years of civil conflict.
- Supported the ongoing food security and psychosocial recovery project in Chingali, Malawi, in collaboration with the Foods Resource Bank.
Nationally, your gifts enabled response to severe flooding and wildfires in Colorado, devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma, the explosion in West, Texas, and numerous other natural and human-caused disasters throughout the country. Your gifts also:
- Supported 81 members of the PDA National Response Team (NRT) in responding to 28 disasters in 20 states, helping mid councils respond to disasters in their communities. NRT members also conducted disaster preparedness, compassion fatigue, emotional and spiritual care, care for caregivers, long-term recovery and other trainings to help mid councils build their capacity to respond.
- Enabled the ongoing response to prior-year disasters such as Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey and New York,
2011 tornadoes in Alabama and Massachusetts, gun violence in Pennsylvania, and Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana.
- Supported a ministry of hospitality for volunteers to be engaged in the ministry of disaster response.
Your gifts of time and talent in walking with disaster survivors provided hope and encouragement on their journey to recovery.
- During 2013 more than 6,000 volunteers served through 39 PDA-related volunteer hosting sites in 18 states, donating approximately 310,000 hours of labor for disaster recovery. The monetary equivalence of this labor is valued at over $6.8 million; however, 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 2013, more than 152,100 Kits were distributed 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 7,000 refugees experienced the ministry of pastoral accompaniment and the welcoming of strangers seeking a new life.
We are thankful for the many ways Presbyterians continue to bear the hope of Christ to those recovering from disasters, and we celebrate the involvement of so many servants in the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance ministry.