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How You Can Respond to Global Disasters

After a national or global disaster, we receive numerous calls from congregations and individuals expressing concern and a desire to help.  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Mission Agency/Presbyterian Church (USA), enables congregations and mission partners to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. 

Its core budget, including staff and administrative costs, is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS), and its program work is additionally funded through designated gifts. Donations help meet physical needs and provides emotional and spiritual care to survivors and those who care for them.  Individuals are encouraged to donate directly through PDA and congregations may submit their contribution, issuing one check from the church to Pittsburgh Presbytery, using line #10 on the Treasury Service Remittance Form.

For more information regarding the ministry of PDA or to make a donation, go to the PDA website.

Responding to the Flooding in Southeast USA

Individuals are encouraged to donate directly through PDA and congregations may submit their contribution using the Remittance Form for Mission Contributions indicating the amount on line #10 (Disaster Relief) under Section D (General Assembly Special Offering/Programs) as well as the project number, "DR000191," and the project name, "Southeast Coast Flooding.” Please note the PDA project number and description on the check as well. Gifts may also be made by phone (800-872-3283).

Responding to Malawi Food Insecurity

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is describing the unfolding food shortage in Malawi as critical, urging Presbyterians around the world to pray and support efforts to help people in need. In addition, our partner churches in South Sudan are continuing to deal with the threat of famine stalking the land in the wake of more than eighteen months of civil war and violence. Floods in Malawi have washed away crops and armed conflict in South Sudan has prevented farmers from even sowing their seeds. Individuals are encouraged to donate as directed on the International Partnership website.

Additional Links on the PDA Website:

Make an online donation.

Get the most current information from PDA regarding the offered assistance of the National Response Team.

Subscribe for critical electronic bulletins about PDA relief efforts.