"Vulnerable persons and communities who experience natural and human caused disaster will achieve long-term physical, psychological and spiritual recovery and acquire sustainable forms of preparedness."
UCC/CWS Emergency Response Goal
The United Church of Christ, through One Great Hour of Sharing, provides a witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in timely and effectively meeting the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of communities affected by natural and human-caused disasters—particularly those that are marginalized.
Many in the world suffer from natural and human caused disasters. Many of these also suffer from spiritual, social, cultural, economic and political oppression. By sharing their resources, both spiritual and material, Christians can join together to support people and communities who are in need of emergency relief and long term rehabilitation.
Worldwide, One Great Hour of Sharing responds to disasters through (1) direct Global Ministries church partners in Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe/Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Southern Asia, (2) Church World Service, and (3) Action by Churches Together (ACT) International—the emergency response consortium of churches and church-related agencies coordinated by Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the World Council of Churches (WCC).
In general, One Great Hour of Sharing responds to disasters overseas where (1) it has existing partners in an area (2) the affected disaster area has limited resources and (3) response activities give priority to vulnerable groups—including children, mothers, older persons, disabled persons.
The United Church of Christ, through our international disaster response, seeks to:
Stand on the side of the oppressed through advocacy with and for those most in need.
Seek out unmet needs of all survivors—particularly people who were vulnerable and marginalized before the disaster.
Provide a larger vision of life that includes emotional and spiritual care as well as physical rebuilding.
Assist in long-term recovery of those in need.
Restore and build community relationships.
All gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing are tax deductible and 100% of designated gifts go to the designated area of response. Non-designated funds are encouraged. They allow One Great Hour of Sharing to address future hidden and forgotten emergencies around the world.