Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. The core budget, including staff and administrative costs, is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing, and its program work is additionally funded through designated gifts.
Church World Service
“Church World Service is people reaching out to neighbors in need near and far–not with a hand out, but a hand up. So, if you’re looking to help build a better world—a world where there’s enough for all—you’ve come to the right place!” “We’re working with partners in the U.S. and around the world to build interfaith and intercultural coalitions to eradicate hunger and overty and promote peace and justice. Together, we’re supporting sustainable grassroots development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance.”
“In the United States, we’re helping communities respond to disasters, we’re resettling refugees, we’re promoting fair national and international policies, we’re providing educational resources, and we’re inviting you and others to join a people-to-people network of local and global caring through participation in CROP Hunger Walks, the Blankets+ program, and the CWS Kits program.”
“Crop Hunger Walks raise money to assist hungry people in many countries around the world.” In communities around the world people pledge funds to those who will,
on a designated day, join others in a community “walk” to focus attention upon world hunger issues. This money is distributed to meet local as well as global hunger needs. Cocoa Presbyterian joins in a walk each year with other churches in Brevard County.
Blankets+ is a special mission opportunity for all ages. Some 8,000 congregations and groups across the U.S. hold CWS Blankets+ events, providing funds to help people in need around the world, including the U.S.
For over 60 years, Church World Service has worked in partnership with local communities to identify their needs and access the resources they need to build the foundation for a more viable future, including:
- Blankets, tents, food and other emergency supplies in the wake of a disaster
- Tools and seeds for refugees returning home to replant their fields
- Wells for families living in drought prone areas to provide clean, safe water to drink and to irrigate crops and gardens
- Literacy training and micro-credit for women struggling to realize their potential.
Each year Cocoa Presbyterian Church takes a special offering on a Sunday designated as “Blanket Sunday” to help this important program of Church World Service.
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Program
Samaritan’s Purse has changed the lives of children through Operation Christmas Child since 1993. Every year, generous people across the world lovingly pack shoeboxes with gifts – simple, yet powerful messages of God’s unconditional love. And when a child opens a shoebox, they’re opening more than a present lovingly prepared just for them. They’re opening up their community to a world of life-changing opportunities.
BIRP’s 2012 goal is to raise $25,000 to complete phase one of camp that will allow it to open summer 2013. In this BIRP’s last year of this Partnership, we are no longer strangers, no longer just partners, we are friends; friends building together to the glory of Christ our Lord.
To read more about this past year’s conference, click here…
Namumu Orphanage Center, in Zambia, Africa is residence to about 80 children. The program emphasizes developing self-reliance in the children. They are taught practical skills, such as fishing, gardening and tending pigs, as well as class-work. The infant program has been the “Circle Project” for the Priscilla Circle for several years. The financial support sent buys quality formula for the babies.
“We are excited about working with the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) in its ministries of healing and hope,” write Dan and Elizabeth Turk, who were invited to serve through FJKM’s development branch, within which are departments of health, environment, agriculture, and safe drinking-water. The FJKM believe that Christian witness should include ministry both to the physical and spiritual needs of God’s people and care for all of God’s creation. Dan and Elizabeth work as advisors to FJKM’s environment and health departments, respectively.