Around the world, people lack access to food, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. Each gift to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) serves to help change the lives of people who are in these challenging situations. The Offering provides us a way to share God’s love with our neighbors in need. One Great Hour of Sharing, received in the season of Lent, makes a difference in the world through three impactful programs:
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
- Presbyterian Hunger Program
- Self-Development of People.
Started in 1949, One Great Hour of Sharing is a long-standing ecumenical effort aimed at raising the funds necessary to provide relief and reconstruction for communities in the aftermath of disaster. What started as an hour-long radio appeal has evolved over the years, varying from eight to 29 participating communions, and has grown to be the most participated-in Offering in the PC(USA). Today, projects supported by One Great Hour of Sharing are underway in more than 100 countries.
The three programs supported by OGHS – Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People – all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.
Ambitious goals have been set, with the ultimate aim of making a more significant difference in the world. For One Great Hour of Sharing, the goal is to raise $13 million annually by the year 2020 – double what was raised in 2013. Through the collective power of Presbyterians, joined together in mission, we can get there. And the journey starts now.
Please visit the PC(USA) One Great Hour of Sharing web site for more information and resources.
This year’s Minutes for Mission:
Minute for Mission #1 – Community of the Beloved
The Community of the Beloved helps those struggling with food insecurity in Asheville, North Carolina.
Minute for Mission #2 – New Orleans Delta
Projects in New Orleans prove that we can do more when we work together – just ask the partnership of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program and Self-Development of People. This minute for mission highlights the work these ministry areas are doing together in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Minute for Mission #3 – Survivor Art Camp
Self-Development of People and Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind are learning the value of working together to “see” a much brighter future.
Minute for Mission #4 – The Waters of Hope
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance partners with water projects to bring a community together after disastrous drought.