One Great Hour Of Sharing
Supports disaster relief, development projects, and refugee
ministries of the American Baptist Churches and its partners.
For over 200 years, American Baptists have been investing in the futures of people all around the world! From our local communities here in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and wrapping all the way around the globe, ministries have been undergirded by American Baptists for over 200 years. What God has done and continues to do through American Baptists is invest in God’s people by meeting spiritual and human need.
This year’s focus:
One Great Hour of Sharing Announces 2021 Theme “Let Love Flow”Dear American Baptists,
The season for the promotion of One Great Hour of Sharing has begun! The theme of this years’ annual offering is Let Love Flow. Despite the many ways in which life has been restricted in the past year, I think you will be encouraged to learn how your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing did indeed Let Love Flow.
The year 2020 was unlike any year we have witnessed in our lifetime. Record-breaking fires on the west coast of the U.S. devastated communities and burned millions of acres. An extremely active hurricane season brought destruction to the Gulf Coast. A massive explosion in Beirut displaced thousands of individuals. All these events happened during the prolonged COVID-19 global pandemic. We are living in a time of uncertainty greater than that with which we are familiar. And yet, even with so much that is unclear about the future, one thing is certain: through this ministry of One Great Hour of Sharing, you continue to Let Love Flow.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every area of our personal and communal lives. In the same way, it also touched every area of the work of One Great Hour of Sharing: sustainable development, disaster relief, and refugee support. With so many in need, your compassion is more important than ever.
Our reality is that we have carried into 2021 many of the same challenges. Disasters will continue to occur. Displaced populations remain vulnerable. And hundreds of millions of people around the world struggle under the weight of poverty. Thanks to your faithfulness and generosity, One Great Hour of Sharing will continue to respond.
Events of the past year have shown us that even in times when we cannot be physically together in one place, our offerings to support One Great Hour of Sharing continue to strengthen our church’s presence all over the world: providing water to the thirsty, food for the hungry, and hope for the weary. When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing, you “Let Love Flow.” Your generosity ensures that, even during uncertainty, the transforming power of love continues to change the world.
OGHS is a tangible way American Baptists provide for the human needs of our world:
The offering provides:
• Emergency relief available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for urgent or acute needs brought about by disasters of natural or human origin;
• Development projects focused on meeting chronic human need by enabling individuals or groups to establish or maintain a more adequate quality of life; and
• Refugee and immigration ministries focused on holistic ministry to immigrants, refugees, and migrants in detention facilities and refugee camps.
Did You Know?
This offering began seventy-one years ago in response to the devastation of World War II. In March 1949, a national broadcast on a Saturday evening asked Americans to give generously the next morning in their churches. A remarkable assembly of national leaders and celebrities gave their efforts to the broadcast, and more than 75,000 churches responded the next day.
Today, One Great Hour of Sharing serves people in over 80 countries around the world. Sponsored by eight Christian U.S. denominations and Church World Service, One Great Hour of Sharing makes sure that we can respond to needs as soon as they happen and that tens of thousands of people receive support for ongoing relief, rehabilitation, and development.