Started in 1949, One Great Hour of Sharing is a long-standing ecumenical effort aimed at raising the funds necessary to provide relief and reconstruction for communities in the aftermath of a disaster. What started as an hour-long radio appeal has evolved over the years, varying from eight to 29 participating denominations, and has become the most participated-in Offering in the PC(USA).
The OGHS offering, received during the season of Lent, provides us a way to share God’s love through three impactful programs:
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) – receives 32% of funds raised and works within communities as they recover and find hope after the devastation of natural or human-caused disasters.
- Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) – receives 36% of funds raised and takes action to alleviate hunger and its systemic causes, and helps create access to healthy food for entire communities.
- Self-Development of People (SDOP) – receives 32% of funds raised and partners with people and communities with tools for the development and education to alleviate poverty, oppression, and injustice.
Today, projects supported by OGHS are underway in more than 100 countries. In 2019, FPC members donated over $3000 to OGHS. Donations are preferred during Lent but can be accepted at any time of year.
How You Can Help
- Donations can be accepted through FPC’s OGHS campaign or on their website.