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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance


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You shall be . . . the restorer of streets to live in. 
—Isaiah 58:12

Help Presbyterian Disaster Assistance bring hope & healing to families impacted by the recent hurricanes and earthquakes.
 

Dear Friends of FPC-Asheville,

As rescue crews continue to dig for survivors in the latest earthquake in Mexico, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is connecting with its ecumenical partners to support recovery efforts and develop long-term response plans. The quake on September 19th, which registered 7.1 on the Richter Scale, was the second to strike the region in less than two weeks, causing buildings and houses to collapse, killing or trapping hundreds. PDA is partnering with the Mexican Communion of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches for emergency response and capacity building. 

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is in touch with presbyteries in affected areas of Texas and Florida, and standing by with resources and National Response Team members ready to deploy upon invitation and when it is safe to do so. PDA has been in touch with the leadership of the Synod of Boriquen (Puerto Rico) and the Presbyteries of San Juan, Noroeste (Northwest) and Suroeste (Southwest) to offer assistance there as well.

You can provide much-needed financial support through PDA, whose work is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) we receive each Easter.
 

How can you help?

1) Send a check to the church office or put in the offering plate on any Sunday, made out to FPC-Asheville, with the word “Presbyterian Disaster Assistance” in the memo.
 
2) You can also give directly to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance with a credit card by visiting http://pda.pcusa.org/page/give/ or by phone at 800-872-3283. 

3) Please join us in praying for courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we respond to the deep human needs left in the wake of the storm.

PRAY: 

God of help and hope, in the challenging days, months and years to come, work through us to bring relief and respite from urgent need,comfort and the hope of peace for those who grieve the loss of family, home and safety, and faith to walk on through weary days of rebuilding. May we be steadfast in love, stronger than death,and thus, with those whose lives we seek to sustain, together bear witness to your redeeming love.
Amen.

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