The Christmas Joy Offering — supporting leaders: past, present and future.

Disaster Response

Colorado police chaplain urges pastors to invest in trauma counseling

For the Rev. Howard Dotson, the decision to become a chaplain and crime victims’ advocate began when two young men he was talking with were gunned down within a half hour of his meeting. The two were on a street corner raising money for a friend that had been shot and killed two days before.

Water is still rising in states impacted by Hurricane Matthew

It’s been several days since Hurricane Matthew made its way up the eastern U.S. coastline and people are still being evacuated. Power outages and high water have made it difficult for authorities to determine the extent of Matthew’s wrath.

Clean up begins in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew

Days after Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, authorities are still trying to determine the extent of damage left behind. According to the latest report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 350,000 people are in need of assistance in Haiti.

The heart of Haiti beats strong following Hurricane Matthew

Through the eyes and ears of her friends on the scene, Cindy Corell shares about Hurricane Matthew’s unwelcome assault upon Haiti and the resolve of the amazingly resilient people she’s been sent to serve. At the time of this posting, Hurricane Matthew had reportedly killed at least 25 people, most in Haiti.

PC(USA) delegation visits church partners in Philippines

Between October 15 and November 8, 2013, the Philippines received a one-two punch of natural disasters. A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Bohol and then weeks later Typhoon Haiyan makes landfall on the islands of Samar and Leyte. By the time it was over, more than 6,000 people were killed and millions were left homeless.