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One Great Hour of Sharing - You are Here

Today, One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) serves people in over 80 countries around the world.  OGHS is sponsored by 9 Christian U.S. denominations and Church World Service to make certain we can respond to needs as soon as they occur to support tens of thousands of people to receive ongoing relief, rehabilitation and development.  In 2016, OGHS received giving from churches and individuals totaling $1,623,566 — and lives were changed.

When you take a global view of our world, natural disasters occur every week.  Man-made disasters punctuated 2016  as well, – in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Nigeria and South Sudan.  Millions of people have been uprooted, displaced in their own country, or are refugees seeking asylum elsewhere.  Your gifts to OGHS brought relief in many of these situations.

This year our offering theme is “You are Here.”  The supporting scriptures provide a point of reference for our lives ~ God is near; love one another in truth and action; feed those who are hungry, clothe those who are naked, welcome those who are strangers.  These texts remind us of our call to be here for one another, loving one another as God has loved us.

You are here ~ in Nicaragua, where women are given the training and tools to cultivate home gardens to provide nutritious food for their families.

“I was hungry and you gave me food…”  Matthew 25:35

You are here ~ in West Virginia, where communities rebuild after flooding claims lives and livelihoods.

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me…”  Matthew 25:35

You are here ~ in Lebanon, Hungary, Mexico, the United States and elsewhere around the world, where refugees are receiving food, water and medicine with dignity, as our partners offer aid and accompaniment.

“I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…”  Matthew 25:35

We often receive notes from those who have experienced disasters, expressing thanks because “One Great Hour of Sharing was here.” In times of loss or struggle, after a fire or flood, and when communities struggle to overcome the chronic absence of water, food or economic opportunity, the church is present through the work of One Great Hour of Sharing.  Through your gifts, you are here.

We pray that you will meet the needs of theleast of these and give sacrificially to this annual offering!  If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Hart at (800) 632.2953 ext. 221 or dhart@abc-mi.org.  Thank you and God bless!

Click here to see a variety of mini-videos to promote this offering:  http://abc-oghs.org/resources/media-videos/