By the grace of God, we are given the opportunity to share our gifts and resources with our brothers and sisters in need around the world. All of us have the power to give back to God from that which God has given us, creating a more just world for all of God’s children. Through our gifts, we participate in many ministries that serve the hungry, the poor, the distressed, the refugee.
When faced with forced relocation due to famine and political strife, Ruth said to Naomi, “Where you go I will go…” (Ruth 1:16). The solidarity at the heart of their story also stands at the heart of the ministries of One Great Hour of Sharing.
Like Ruth and Naomi, refugees today are confronted with dire situations in their homes, and are forced by the necessity of survival to leave their communities in order to seek safety and security. The United Nations estimates over 60 million people across the world are refugees or displaced persons: higher than it has been since World War II and is expected to increase as violence continues in the Middle East and parts of Africa.
The One Great Hour of Sharing offering reaches across the globe: sometimes providing solidarity to those who have experienced loss due to disasters in our communities and congregations, and at other times it says tangibly “you are not forgotten” to our sisters and brothers on the other side of the world. Through our gifts, we can help ensure that all of God’s children have what they need. Together, we accompany the refugee and stand in solidarity with the distressed, bringing about the world as God intended.
Thank you for prayerfully considering your gift to OGHS.