One Great Hour of Sharing 2020

For over 200 years, American Baptists have been investing in the futures of people all around the world! From our local communities here in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and wrapping all the way around the globe, ministries have been undergirded by American Baptists for over 200 years. What God has done and continues to do through American Baptists is invest in God’s people by meeting spiritual and human need.

This year’s focus:
We are co-workers in God’s service, planting and watering seeds for God to nurture.

We are co-workers in God’s service,” writes Paul in 1 Corinthians 3. Some of us plant.  Some of us water. But God gives the growth. Through One Great Hour of Sharing, we become like date tree planters: we serve the fruitful future to which God calls us. Who knows what growth God may bring when we join hands together across distance, across traditions, and across time for the love of what we may never see?

The OGHS offering will be collected at First Baptist, Marion, IA, during June 7-21. You can give online through our church by clicking on this button and selecting OGHS on the “To:” pulldown.

Let’s be generous and joyful in our giving, “for we are co-workers in God’s service!” [1 Corinthians 3:9].

Local impact:
Last year OGHS funds addressed various natural disasters including flooding in Iowa and nearby states.
This year OGHS is providing COVID-19 emergency support to help families, churches and communities find relief and recovery across the United States, Puerto Rico and various countries.

OGHS is a tangible way American Baptists provide for the human needs of our world:
The offering provides:
• Emergency relief available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for urgent or acute needs brought about by disasters of natural or human origin;
• Development projects focused on meeting chronic human need by enabling individuals or groups to establish or maintain a more adequate quality of life; and
• Refugee and immigration ministries focused on holistic ministry to immigrants, refugees, and migrants in detention facilities and refugee camps.

Check out this short video “Invest in Futures”.

Did You Know?
This offering began seventy-one years ago in response to the devastation of World War II. In March 1949, a national broadcast on a Saturday evening asked Americans to give generously the next morning in their churches. A remarkable assembly of national leaders and celebrities gave their efforts to the broadcast, and more than 75,000 churches responded the next day.

Today, One Great Hour of Sharing serves people in over 80 countries around the world. Sponsored by eight Christian U.S. denominations and Church World Service, One Great Hour of Sharing makes sure that we can respond to needs as soon as they happen and that tens of thousands of people receive support for ongoing relief, rehabilitation, and development.