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When catastrophic disaster strikes, we join forces with our fellow Presbyterian churches and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) to provide financial resources that can quickly address urgent needs. Through our One Great Hour of Sharing offering and our prayers, we support people in need throughout the world.
When catastrophic disaster strikes, we join forces with our fellow Presbyterian churches and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) to provide financial resources that can quickly address urgent needs. Through our One Great Hour of Sharing offering and our prayers, we support people in need throughout the world. See their web site for the most up to date news: http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/pda
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is responding to communities and families affected by Typhoon Washi (also referred to as Typhoon Sendong) that struck the southern Philippines over December 15-18. Washi caught thousands of people unaware as the course of the storm followed a more southerly trajectory than most tropical storms and typhoons in the Philippines.
PDA quickly responded to the human suffering caused by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan and the ensuing tsunamis across the Pacific Rim in March of 2011. On March 14, 2011, PDA sent $100,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing funds to support an initial response through our ecumenical partner in Japan. To help and to learn more, click here.
The country of Haiti faced enormous challenges in 2010 — a massive earthquake, Hurricane Tomas, an outbreak of cholera, plus ongoing challenges that existed in the country before the January 12 earthquake.
Many people generously shared their financial blessings as a sign of their faithfulness, and in the hope that through their support, disaster-affected Haitian families would see hope from seemingly hopeless situations.
One year after the earthquake — while the media has focused on government inaction, the slow pace of recovery, and the seeming inability of Haiti to recover— Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) gives thanks for the response the generous gifts from Presbyterians and others have made possible.
Despite enormous challenges, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), working with our Haitian mission partners and as members of the ACT Alliance, helped people survive by providing food, drinking water, and medical assistance so they would not die in the immediate aftermath of the quake.
However, many needs remain. The challenge now is to continue efforts that will move the people towards recovery. Ongoing efforts by PDA and our partners include rebuilding Haiti’s health care, restoring food security and livelihoods, and offering school and recreational activities for children and youth. To help and to learn more, click here.
November 26th, 2013
In case you missed our all-church dinner a couple of weeks ago, or if you just want to see it again, here is the excellent slideshow (with music) our associate pastor Diana Bell put together for the event. Our year in pictures! http://www.togetherweserve.org/a-year-in-pictures/A Year in Pictures – First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmowww.togetherweserve.orgEvery November, we gather as a community for an evening of fellowship and recognition and give thanks for our many blessings. November’s “Together We Serve Celebration” featured a recap — in music and images — of the 365 days we’ve experienced since our last all-church dinner. For those of you who w...