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One Great Hour of Sharing

Dear members,

Each year as we move into Lent and also prepare for One Great Hour of Sharing, we can’t help but be grateful for the ministries made possible by this church wide special offering.

From Detroit to Darfur, from Louisiana to Libya, 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. Our hearts are full of compassion, but our ears are full of whatever is on the mind of the media this week. In this environment, it becomes incredibly easy to forget the pain of those in trouble spots around the world like Haiti, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Japan and all the other places where poverty, disaster, and war cause displacement and suffering.

I say all this to remind you that this is why we at Plymouth Presbyterian Church give to One Great Hour of Sharing. This one time a year when we give our gifts, we know that staff in the three One Great Hour of Sharing programs will be listening to the cries of our sisters and brothers throughout the next year. And they will be responding for us in Christ’s name to those cries. To new emergencies they will respond as they have in Haiti—immediately, directly and through our partners wherever the emergency occurs. But equally important, they will stay there long after the news cameras have moved elsewhere—stay there and help rebuild lives and communities on a firmer foundation. Feeding the hungry, helping people build up their own livelihoods, responding to disasters— these are all ways that One Great Hour of Sharing is changing lives, changing communities and changing the world.

These programs can only do so to the extent of our generosity. I challenge you to give strong consideration to doubling your gift to the offering. The offering will be received on Easter Sunday, and I hope 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.

Mission Ministry Team