One Great Hour of Sharing

June 25th at 10:00 AM

Dear Friends,

One Great Hour of Sharing will be collected through the month of June.

When you take a global view of our world, natural disasters occur every week. If you include disasters of human origin—especially in the past year—the opportunity to respond to people in need is even more frequent. The larger disasters are captured by our news media, and word of these tragedies is brought into our homes. It is difficult to imagine the suffering of those whose lives are forever changed. But many needs of our world—whether in a neighboring state or half the world away—remain uncovered by our news media. However, with our extensive network of international and domestic partners, American Baptists are able to make a difference wherever and whenever disaster strikes.

2016 was another year punctuated by many continued man-made disasters—think Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Nigeria and South Sudan. These situations have uprooted millions of people. In fact, according to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR), at the end of 2015 there were over 65 million people who were refugees, displaced in their own country or seeking asylum. That’s the highest number since records on the displaced were kept! Yes, your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing brought relief in many of these situations.

Here is where your gifts made a difference n 2016: Around the world—China, Cuba, the Congo, Ecuador, Haiti, India, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Ukraine, Zambia Here at home—Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia

In addition to emergency relief, One Great Hour of Sharing also provided funds for development projects— projects which address chronic needs—in 16 countries around the world and 6 states here at home.

At Grace Baptist, we will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering on June 4 and throughout the month of June. Our church goal is $2,375. As the Church in the world, through One Great Hour of Sharing, we have the opportunity to act in one accord as the body of Christ, to ensure that all of God’s children have what they need. Thank you for prayerfully considering your gift to this special offering.

In Christian love and service,

The Board of Missions

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

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