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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)

PDA’s newest volunteer host site commissioned in Mississippi

Leland Presbyterian Church in Mississippi welcomed four members of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) National Response Team on Sunday, Oct. 29, as part of a commissioning ceremony for the church’s recently established disaster recovery volunteer host site as well as for the site’s coordinator.

Renewal occurs through relationships between new PC(USA) community leaders and pastors in Puerto Rico

Video: Through a collaboration between Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and 1001 New Worshiping Communities, church planters and spiritual leaders visited Puerto Rico in June to learn about ongoing efforts to rebuild after hurricane disasters. 1001 New Worshiping Communities leaders recognized many commonalities with pastors in Puerto Rico, including the necessity of bivocational calls and a need for community engagement and the work of healing and relief.

PC(USA) offering support after massive fire in Cuba

Ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency continue to keep a close watch on Cuba after lightning triggered a massive fire at an oil storage facility in Matanzas, Cuba, earlier this month.

In times of need, local volunteers step up

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) volunteers Richard and Susan Caldwell had been praying about their mission work and where God would lead them to when fate stepped in. In April, tornadoes tore through their state the morning after Easter, sparing their South Carolina home but leaving extensive damage just blocks from their church, Seneca Presbyterian, and killing one person.

How does PDA respond to a disaster during a pandemic?

Somewhat submerged in the barrage of headlines about COVID-19 is news that Mother Nature is still doing her thing. As always, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) plans to respond to calls for help, though in a somewhat altered way, given the limitations of a churchwide domestic travel ban and social distancing necessary to stop the spread of the coronavirus.