Presbyterians in Mission: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

  Two hurricanes have come our way in the past month.  I’ve mentioned Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) in worship several times, and you may be wondering what this agency does.  Here are some examples, based on my own personal experiences and PDA news releases from the past several years:

  • Set up work camps in disaster recovery zones, and/or help congregations set up housing for disaster recovery volunteers
  • Staff the work camps with coordinators and demolition/construction supervisors
  • Help congregations build shower trailers (these are actually pretty fun!  It’s like stepping into a spa after a long day without power or water.)
  • Provide financial assistance to congregations struggling to pay basic bills after a disaster
  • Last but not least, provide spiritual support!  After one particular hurricane, local pastors (including me) received a visit from PDA regional volunteers.  I’m sure you know, it means a lot to know someone is praying for you.

You can learn more about PDA and donate at

with joy,


Hurricane Relief

Members of New Hope Presbyterian Church donated over $800 worth of items to fill flood cleanup buckets, to be delivered to people recovering from Hurricane Florence.

Buckets were assembled in the dining hall of New Hope Camp and Conference Center on a recent Sunday.

The initial bucket drive across the Presbytery of New Hope resulted in 586 buckets in just a few weeks.  At approximately $75 of supplies in each bucket, that’s almost $44,000 worth of donations!