The Peace and Global Witness Offering will be received on World Communion Sunday, October 1.
Presbyterians are proclaiming Christ’s peace around the world, even in the face of great danger – thanks in part to the Peace & Global Witness Offering.
• Reconciling and rebuilding South Sudan: Since gaining its independence, South Sudan has been embroiled in a violent civil war that has deepened ethnic divides. In a country of 12 minion people, 3.5 million have been displaced, and 6 million people face starvation due to war-induced famine. Presbyterians are collaborating with church partners like RECONCILE in the region on a peace-building initiative, which provides conflict resolution and reconciliation training along with disaster relief and assistance with rebuilding war-torn communities.
• Providing a warm welcome in San Francisco: Recently the UN released a report that 65.3 million people were displaced from their homes by violence or persecution. Most distressing is that 51% of those are children. Presbyterians are working to make a difference for those displaced by violence. Old First Presbyterian Church in San Francisco helped raise more than $20,000 to buy and deliver 5000 teddy bears to Syrian refugee children in Jordan. The Presbytery of San Francisco and 7 of its congregations contributed nearly $24,000 from peacemaking funds to support work resettling refugees in the Oakland area.
• Your gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering works to address the risks to peace around the world. 25% of the offering remains with our congregation to support local peace making efforts.