One Great Hour Of Sharing
Supports disaster relief, development projects, and refugee
ministries of the American Baptist Churches and its partners.
A Letter from Your World Relief Officer
God is doing more than we can imagine.
The human imagination is pretty incredible. I visited Nicaragua last year and met Luisa and heard her dreams for her family. She is a farmer, and their lives have gotten harder as the rains come less frequently. When they do come, it’s often in downpours, not in the gently falling rains that best nourish crops. Their life is hard, yet when she pictures their future, she imagines her children growing up, going to college, being professionals, and caring for the Earth.
The human imagination is also limited, bound by our finite human experience. Sometimes the suffering of the world outpaces our ability to imagine new life.
For many, 2017 was an apocalyptic year filled with unbelievable hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, floods and violence. You prayed, stood with, and gave to people and needs from next-door neighbors to global neighbors you may never meet. As I write this letter in early February 2018, you have given over $2 million to help the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and mudslides and fires in California. These generous gifts help people envision recovery and new life, strengthened by the assurance that God is working in, through, and beyond us.
The same Apostle Paul who said that God is able to “accomplish abundantly more than we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20) also put the work of building abundance squarely at our feet: “…always seek to do good to one another and to all” (1 Thessalonians 5:15).
You have done good to one another and to all. When dreams abound and even when our imaginations run dry, you continue to do good. Your One Great Hour of Sharing gifts are living testimony to this. I offer thanks for your generous giving to One Great Hour of Sharing. Let us continue to be strengthened in the knowledge that God is able to “accomplish abundantly more than we can ask or imagine.”
In grateful partnership,
World Relief Officer