35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me
something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you
looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
One Great Hour of Sharing is an offering that makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, and for those who serve them through gifts of money and time. Today, projects are underway in more than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada. In the 1990's, receipts have exceeded $20 million annually. While specific allocations differ in each denomination, all use their One Great Hour of Sharing funds to make possible disaster relief, refugee assistance, development aid and more. onegreathourofsharing.org/
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Project Highlight: Michigan, USA
Recovery from a natural disaster takes time—a long time. While there is often an abundance of help in the first days and weeks after disaster strikes, support dwindles as time marches on, yet survivors continue to struggle to recover. Your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing help communities over the long-term. They support training programs like the one that occurred in Warren, Michigan, last December.
Thousands of homeowners were still struggling to recover long after devastating flooding struck Southeastern Michigan in August 2014. Three months after the flood about 900 homes still needed mucking out—the first step in the recovery process.
The training event helped faith and community leaders to learn about the long-term recovery process. The daylong workshop was provided for free and covered topics such as disaster case management, volunteer management, construction management and emotional and spiritual care.
These types of events allow communities to take control of the recovery process and adapt it to meet their own needs. With outside support, they can work together in the months, and often years, ahead to rebuild and find their new normal after unthinkable disaster.
Project Highlight: Indonesia
Ersi Biliu and her husband in Timor, Indonesia, could only afford to buy one packet of vegetable seeds at a time. They would divide the packet and grow the vegetables in two batches. Their meager garden barely produced enough for their family of six children. When the last of the vegetables was harvested, they would not eat any more vegetables until they could afford another seed packet.
A One Great Hour of Sharing-support program provided Ms. Biliu’s family with several seed packets at once as well as an informational session about nutrition.
They grew Chinese cabbage, red peppers, long bean, green bean, and eggplant from the seeds they received. They were able to sell the excess vegetables in the market and used the extra income to purchase fish and to provide for other household needs.
“We started the next planting batch right after we harvested,” says Ms. Biliu. “Now, not only can we fulfill our vitamin and mineral needs from the vegetables, we can also fulfill our protein needs from the money we earned from selling the produce. I’m now more motivated in farming than ever.”