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OGHS: Haitian Earthquake Survivors Build Their Future Through Education

Natural Disaster Changes Life Course The 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, and changed it forever, set Andral’s life on a radically different course. Andral lost his home and career in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital city. In Port-au-Prince and the surrounding region, an estimated 300,000 people lost their lives in the earthquake. You could say that Andral… Read more »

OGHS: Repairers of the Breach

What is “the church?” It’s a big question. Think about this: As the wider culture becomes less traditionally religious, the church—something we share as a congregation and individually hold dear in our hearts— becomes less understood, or misunderstood, by many. Like it or not, it’s a fact. And as hard as it is to admit,… Read more »

2019 Piglet Challenge

Have you herd? Give a piglet on March 1, and it becomes a pair! For the second year in a row, we are celebrating National Pig Day with a Piglet Challenge! We’re counting on your help to reach our goal of 50 piglets given on March 1st. And thanks to a matching gift from a generous couple… Read more »

One Great Hour of Sharing Resources for Mid Council Leaders

You shall be called repairers of the breach. —Isaiah 58 Around the world, millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. Each gift to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) helps to improve the lives of people in these challenging situations. For 70 years, One Great Hour of Sharing… Read more »

Christmas Joy: Applying Heart and Mind

Experiences in Rwanda Growing up in Rwanda, Joshua Karangwa often saw rural women and children carrying heavy cans of water on their heads for miles just so their families could survive. His memory of people engaged in this back-breaking endeavor pierces his heart and challenges his mind. Joshua, a 2018 graduate of Presbyterian Pan American… Read more »

Christmas Joy: Recovery from Hurricane Maria

Disaster Strikes After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last year, Presbyterian pastor Manuel D. Silva bore the dual burden of caring for his family and his congregation. The property damage wrought by the storm was in the billions, and many on the island were without electricity for months. When the storm hit, Manuel’s wife, Sylvette,… Read more »

Christmas Joy: Menual School Molds Spiritual Formation

Meet Luci While a summertime academic emphasis is not unusual for high-achieving high school students, Lucianna (Luci) Astorga’s educational focus between school years has been much different than that of most of her scholastically minded peers. Since the eighth grade, this honor roll student’s summer priority has been on earning tuition for the upcoming academic… Read more »

Christmas Joy: “Arms of the Church Around Us”

We want to share with you a love story… …a love story between Ralph and Mary Hamburger that began at a Presbyterian church when Ralph introduced himself to Mary after hearing her play the piano. Today, after 65 years of marriage, the love story continues at a Presbyterian retirement home. Ralph, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)… Read more »

Christmas Joy: The Perfect Gift

Every generous act of giving … is from above. — James 1:17 In the lead up to Christmas, many of us spend time in search of the perfect gift — the gift that communicates to friends and family how much we know and love them. We search our memories for indications of what gift might… Read more »

Worship Resources for the 2018 Christmas Joy Offering

‘Tis the season…for the Christmas Joy Offering. If you are looking for worship resources to connect your congregation with this Offering, our office has you covered. Our worship resources, written by the Rev. Thom M. Shuman, Stated Supply Pastor, Honorably Retired Galloway Presbyterian Church, Galloway, Ohio, and Associate Member, Iona Community, include: Readings Call to… Read more »