Posts By: cameronstevens

An update from Zakarpatska Oblast

The mental health care facility in Zakarpatska Oblast (western Ukraine) accommodates male patients with chronic mental illness. The facility is currently home to 330 men and has about 200 employees including medical, technical and administrative staff. The residents of the facility receive long-term accommodation, medical treatment, rehabilitation, daily meals, hygiene and personal care, clothing, and… Read more »

Witnessing the Connectional Church in Florida

Last week (March 6-10) the staff and Advisory Committee of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance traveled to Fort Myers, FL to meet as a group and with partners in the area.            On Tuesday we drove to the community of Immokalee to learn from several of our partners there, including the Immokalee Fair Housing Alliance (IFHA), Coalition of… Read more »

Faith In Action—an update from Ukraine

This week, as we commemorate the one-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine, we are sharing reports and stories from our partners on the ground. By Simon Chambers, Director of Communications, ACT Alliance Budolai is an energetic NGO (non-governmental organization) leader in Balti, Moldova. He is also a person with a strong faith. His organization,… Read more »

Finding hope in her art—an update from Ukraine

This week, as we commemorate the one-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine, we are sharing reports and stories from our partners on the ground. By Simon Chambers, Director of Communications, ACT Alliance In early 2022, Elizabeth lived with her family- parents, grandparents, and little brother- in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She was finishing up high school… Read more »

Reflection from Zahony, Hungary

PDA’s Associate for Migration Accompaniment Ministries, Susan Krehbiel, is currently traveling as part of a PC(USA) delegation to Eastern Europe, meeting with partners responding to the war in Ukraine. Throughout this trip, she will share reflections as time allows.   We met Marina, an engineer, (not her real name) at an overnight shelter in Zahony,… Read more »

Restoring Asylum: Faith Community Calls for End to Asylum Transit Ban

You can take action here!   The Christmas celebrations have ended, the decorations are now packed away for another year (or 10 months), and we are all settling back into our normal routines. For some, however, there is no going back. Like the Magi who were warned to find a different route from which they… Read more »

A Faith Call To Solidarity

Advent means “arrival,” the season we await the coming of Jesus Christ into our midst. Bernard of Clairvaux, the twelfth century abbot and theologian, wrote that there are three Advents: there’s Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, the coming of Jesus at the end of the age, and the “middle” Advent, or the everyday arrival of Jesus… Read more »

Hope for the Holidays

As we enter into this Advent Season, we want to share resources to help you honor and welcome newcomers as part of your congregation’s observance of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.  Seeking Peace & Joy for All lifts up the many different holidays and holy days celebrated throughout the winter and highlights faith resources to support… Read more »

An Announcement (disponible en Español)

Dear friends,               Peace to you all in this time and always. We are writing to share some exciting news regarding some changes that involve the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). Recently, the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, President and Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, announced that the Rev. Denise Anderson… Read more »

Paying It Forward

In 2020, a deadly tornado hit Seneca, South Carolina. Two-and-a-half years later, a group from First Presbyterian Church of Seneca is paying it forward. Last week, a work team gathered at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, where PDA and Church World Service support their Disaster Assistance Center, to help process Gift of the Heart kits…. Read more »