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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance mobilizing to assist the people of Japan and Ecuador

Hikaru Kazushime (

Hikaru Kazushime (

And hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has given to us. – Romans 5:5

Information is still coming in about the devastating effects of the earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is organizing a response to help sustain life and restore hope in the coming days.

“Our hearts break and rise up in prayer for the people of Ecuador and Japan,” said the Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, coordinator for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. “Right now, we need the church’s prayers and financial assistance.”

Japan has been rocked with earthquakes and aftershocks since Thursday as the death toll and number of wounded continues to rise. A devastating earth quake in Ecuador on Saturday, and then again Sunday, has left an estimated 235 dead and more than 1500 wounded.

Kraus and her colleagues at the Presbyterian Mission Agency and throughout the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are working with our partners to meet immediate needs and support long-term recovery. More details will be available in the coming days.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is the emergency response and refugee program of the denomination, committed to the long-term recovery of communities adversely affected by a crisis or catastrophic event. It is funded by the One Great Hour of Sharing and has designated funds for responding to specific disasters.

To support recovery efforts related to the earthquakes, visit You’ll be taken to the PC(USA) website to donate securely and quickly.

If you prefer to mail a check, you may send it to:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
PO Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700

You may also call Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p. (EST) at 1-800-872-3283 and donate by phone.

Visit for continuing updates.

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