Before a hunger emergency struck Somalia, Abdi and her husband were successful herders near their country’s border with Kenya. However, two years of intensive drought parched the land to the point that they could no longer raise the camels, cattle and sheep that supported them. As her family faced economic ruin, Abdi’s husband died. She was two months pregnant with the couple’s fifth child. Desperate to feed her children, Abdi felt she had no choice but to make the two-day journey to a camp for internally displaced persons to ensure the safety of her four young children and unborn child. Against the background of Somalia’s civil war, the journey was fraught with danger, including the possibility of attack from armed groups and assault. “We had nothing to take with us, and we had to beg for water,” she says. Abdi’s mission to bring her children to a safe refuge was successful. Now she and her children receive a monthly allocation of rice, beans, cooking oil and sugar that One Great Hour of Sharing gifts help provide. While their day-to-day life remains difficult, Abdi and her children, including her new baby, are safe and nourished. “The food aid has improved the living conditions of my family,” she says. “I was able to feed my starving children.” Sadly, Abdi’s story is not unique. According to the United Nations, 5.4 million people in Somalia are food insecure, and another 2.6 million people are displaced. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partners with Kaalmo Relief and Development to provide food aid to people in the camp. “We are very grateful for your contribution,” says Mohamed Ahmed , the camp director, . “It will help us a lot in fighting the hunger and poverty affecting our people in Somalia.” One Great Hour of Sharing gifts are helping to address famine and extreme hunger through PC(USA) partners in other countries, including Northern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen. These partners help with emergency food assistance and address the underlying causes of hunger and homelessness for the millions of people struggling to maintain their very existence.
In Isaiah 58, the prophet calls us to be “repairers of the breach, restorers of streets to live in,” to care for the hungry, the weak and the vulnerable. Through One Great Hour of Sharing, we can do our part. Together, we become the household of God; and all are welcome. Please join us with a gift to One Great Hour of Sharing? Because when we all do a little, it adds up to a lot
OGHS is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world. God’s house is a place where needs are met and the broken systems that help those needs are addressed. Across this country and around the world, Presbyterians are responding to the call.
Our collective gifts will be used in roughly equal proportion for three programs: the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and Self-Development of People. Our goal this year for Wyoming Church is to raise $6000.
The offering will be dedicated during the worship service on Palm Sunday, April 5th. You may bring your gift to service that day or mail it to the Church office beforehand. The children’s fish boxes should be brought on Palm Sunday where baskets will be waiting for their offerings.
My prayer is that we will donate as generously as we can. If we all do a little, it will add up to a lot!
Deacon Michael Auer