Posts Categorized: One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of Sharing: Repairing the Breaches

Your Giving Repairs the Breaches that Separate People from Lives of Wholeness When the forces of chaos and calamity rip the fabric of human life, your One Great Hour of Sharing gifts are there to sew it back together. Your generosity fulfills a vision rooted in the biblical witness and beautifully stated in Isaiah 58:12…. Read more »

One Great Hour of Sharing: Disaster Assistance in Puerto Rico

  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Response Quickly to Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico Even before Hurricane Maria made landfall in September 2017, Edwin González-Castillo and other Presbyterian leaders in Puerto Rico received promises of help from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). Edwin, the stated clerk of the Presbytery of San Juan, says PDA lived up to its word quickly…. Read more »

One Great Hour of Sharing: Hunger Program Helps Grandmother Feed Children

Grandmother overcomes challenges to farm the land that feeds the children in her care   Lovina Najjuma, a 56-year-old widow in Uganda, grows enough food on eight acres to feed the three children and eight orphaned grandchildren in her care. Without the crops that spring from this soil she carefully tends, Najjuma has no means… Read more »

This is Church: One Great Hour of Sharing

This is Church Have you ever taught a child to fold their fingers inside their hands and say the rhyme, “here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors and see all the people?” The wiggling fingers teach children, and adults, too, that the church is not the building — the steeples, windows,… Read more »

One Great Hour of Sharing Promotional Guide

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. The Offering… Read more »

“Is this not the fast I choose?”

One Great Hour of Sharing helps us answer God’s call   The Christian season of Lent is historically marked with fasting, a traditional practice of giving up food and devoting yourself to prayer. But this isn’t the only type of fasting the Bible talks about. Isaiah 58 describes a new kind of fast, not to… Read more »

Justice for all in God’s Creation

Caring for people means caring for the earth In Huancavelica, Peru, alpaca farmers worried about the parched pasture land surrounding this mountain town. Their families’ livelihood was at stake, and Jed Koball, a Presbyterian mission co-worker, thought an irrigation system funded by a US congregation could restore the grazing land to health. The farmers graciously… Read more »

Achieving Positive Change

Self-Development of People grant helps open doors for ex-offenders Olga Pedraza was looking forward to a new life and career, but her chances seemed to be fading. Jobs are scarce in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where Olga lives. This city of 40,000 people is filled with abandoned factories that once fueled the local economy. But the job… Read more »

Restoring Streets in Syria

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance supports refugees In 2012, civil war broke out in Syria, where ISIL’s presence continues to create violence and fear. More than 250,000 people have been killed, and 13.5 million others have had to leave their homes and seek safety in Lebanon, Europe, and the United States. Thanks to our gifts to One… Read more »