One Great Hour of Sharing
This year as we move into Lent and prepare for One Great Hour of Sharing, I remain grateful for the transformation made possible through this special offering. In places like Eugene, Oregon, New Orleans, Louisiana, and the many other recovering communities along the Gulf Coast, those most in need are finding hope and help through the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, the Self-Development of People program, and their partners in ministry. In this media-driven environment of “the next big story,” it is easy to become distracted from the reality faced by our brothers and sisters around the world where poverty, disaster, and war cause displacement and suffering.
This is why we continue to give to One Great Hour of Sharing. When we give this year, we give in faith—knowing that staff in the three One Great Hour of Sharing programs will be responding in Christ’s name to the cries of our sisters and brothers throughout the next year. We trust that they will respond as they did in Newtown, Connecticut and in the wake of the devastating spring storms that ravaged both Oklahoma and Texas: immediately, directly, and through our partners wherever the emergency occurs. But equally important, we know that they will remain in areas of devastation long after the news cameras have moved elsewhere as they continue rebuilding both lives and communities.
Feeding the hungry, helping people build up their own livelihoods, responding to disasters—these are all ways that your gifts to OGHS are changing lives, changing communities, and changing the world. We’ll read about examples of this in bulletin inserts leading up to the Offering.
I want to extend two invitations and a challenge to you this Lent. First, visit the One Great Hour of Sharing website (www.presbyterianmission.org/oghs) to find out more information on how your support of OGHS helps people all over the world. Second, by making some small changes in our lifestyle, we can radically increase our gifts, which will make huge differences in the lives of our sisters and brothers around the globe.
Like last year, I challenge each of you to give strong consideration to making a gift to the offering on Sunday April 13th, you’ll see how giving opens your heart to God’s work in your own life. So I hope you will join us and that you will join Christians all across the country in opening their hearts to witness tangibly to the abundant love of God through One Great Hour of Sharing.
Yours in the love and grace of Jesus Christ,
Brian Nelson, Mission Interpretation Team