Syrian woman in front of tent

A woman in a settlement of Syrian refugees in Minyara, a village in the Akkar district of northern Lebanon;the Syrian crisis is in its fifth year — Photo by Paul Jeffrey, ACT Alliance

PDA is thankful for the continued generosity of Presbyterians, which enables us — together — to bear witness of the healing love of Christ to disaster survivors around the world.

As needs abound, it is important that we show love for our neighbors. We pray that you will continue to share the gifts of your time, treasure, and talents as a tangible sign of God's love for families whose lives have been disrupted by disaster.

Continue below to see where your One Great Hour of Sharing and designated gifts have been at work in 2016.

International Response



Response to the April 2016 earthquakes in cooperation with ACT Alliance


Response to the drought in cooperation with ACT Alliance


  • Ongoing response to January 2015 earthquake in cooperation with Action Communautaire Pour La Protection de La Famille (ACOPORFAM)
  • Food security and support for farmers and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy in cooperation with Association Pour Le Developpement Integral Des Palmes (ADIP)


  • Trauma Resiliency care for children in Japan in cooperation with Operation Safe International
  • Response to the April 2016 earthquake in cooperation with Church World Service


  • Food security/ livelihood support program in Chingale and Neno; psychosocial and child survival project in Chingale in cooperation with Foods Resource Bank 
  • Response to food security Malawi food crisis in cooperation with Church of Central Africa Presbytery, Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD) and Blantyre Synod Health and Development Commission (BSHDC)


Rebuilding project with Proyecto Amistad in Acuña, Coahuila in response to tornado/flooding


Ongoing response for the 2015 earthquake


Ongoing response to November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in cooperation with United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP)

South Sudan

Food security and emergency relief in response to Bentui violence for displaced persons in cooperation with Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency (PRDA)


Ongoing support for displaced people and refugees in response to violence in Syria in cooperation with National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) to include

  • structural repairs for the First Evangelical Church of Damascus that was damaged from mortar shells
  • emergency winter relief to include fuel and oil, medication support, and school support
  • a school project for displaced children living in refugee camps. As of March 2016, 4 schools opened and are hosting over 200 children.

West Africa

Joint project with the Self Development of People and Presbyterian Hunger Program in cooperation with the Agricultural Mission, Inc. (AMI)



Support for shipment of Gift of the Heart Kits to places of need in the United States and around the world

Visit the International Response Index to find out about ongoing international responses.

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National Response




Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley—response to February tornado damage in Aliceville

North Alabama Presbytery—tornado damage in Waterloo at Williams Chapel Presbyterian Church



Presbytery of San Diego—response to January and February storm damage to Southeast Community Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church



  • Presbytery of Tampa Bay—response to 2015 flooding
  • Synod of South Atlantic—ongoing Long Term Recovery response



Midwest Hanmi Presbytery—response to storms causing damage at Fullness Presbyterian Church in February



  • Presbytery of South Louisiana—response to March storm and flooding causing damage at Northminster Presbyterian Church and the North Shore Cluster
  • Presbytery of the Pines—flood damage in Monroe at First Presbyterian Church



Presbytery of Lake Huron—in response to Flint’s water crisis with lead in the water



Presbytery of St. Andrew—response to December tornado in Tippah County; response to March floods in Washington County



  • Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy—Response to December flooding in St. Louis; church damage at Pacific Presbyterian Church
  • John Calvin Presbytery—response to church water damage at Gibson Chapel in Springfield



Homestead Presbytery— long term recovery after the 2014 tornadoes


New Jersey

  • Presbytery of the Palisades—response to a church fire at First Presbyterian Church in Englewood
  • Synod of the Northeast – ongoing response to Hurricane Sandy


New York

  • Albany Presbytery—response to contaminated water in Hoosick Falls
  • Presbytery of New York City—long term recovery after Hurricane Sandy; church fire in Brooklyn at Crossroads Presbyterian Church
  • Synod of the Northeast- ongoing response to Hurricane Sandy


Indian Nations Presbytery—Response to 2015 storms


South Carolina

  • Presbytery of New Harmony—Response to Melinda Presbyterian Church and Manning Presbyterian Church flooding
  • Trinity Presbytery—response to flood damage at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church and Northminster Presbyterian Church; hospitality grant for Lake Murray Presbyterian Church volunteer village
  • Charleston Atlantic Presbytery—hospitality grants for Harbor View Presbyterian Church volunteer village and Charleston Atlantic Presbytery office volunteer village.



  • Grace Presbytery—Response to tornadoes in Garland, Rowlett, and Rockwall; church damage at First Presbyterian Church in Duncanville; storm damage in Fort Worth at Westside Presbyterian Church and Ridglea Presbyterian Church
  • Mission Presbytery—storm damage in San Antonio at Northwood Presbyterian Church; special project grant for Camp Noah resiliency camp in San Marcos
  • Presbytery of New Covenant—storm damage in Bellaire at ChristChurch; St. Thomas Presbyterian Church in Houston, flooding



Presbytery of the Peaks—response to February tornado in Appomattox County



United States

Support for refugee resettlement; support for shipment of Gift of the Heart Kits to places of need in the United States and around the world

Visit the National Response Index to find out about ongoing national responses.

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PDA National Response Team

PDA National Response Team (NRT) members represent PDA following a disaster in the United States. They provide support to affected presbyteries and synods as they assess the impact of the disaster on both the church and the community; and they assist in connecting presbyteries to recovery resources, including identification of sites for hosting volunteer work teams. NRT members have served in the following locations/responses in 2016:



Presbytery of the Pacific – Resilience training (Jim Kirk, Sandra Price)

Presbytery of Riverside – follow-up to the shooting in San Bernardino (Suzanne Malloy)


Presbytery of Inland Northwest-

  • Long term recovery response to the 2015 wildfires (Betsy Bullard, Mike Bullard)
  • Response to human-caused disaster (Katherine Culpepper)


Mid-Kentucky Presbytery – Compassion Fatigue presentation (Lisa Baker, Jim Kirk, Bruce Wismer)


Presbytery of the Pines and Presbytery of South Louisiana- Response to the spring floods (Kelly Buell, Greg Smith, Alonza Washington, Ed Spence, Keith Geckler, Ben Pawley, Pat Ashley, Betsy Bullard, Teresa Partin, Val Aldred)


Presbytery of Lake Huron – response to lead-contaminated water in Flint.  (Kelly Buell, Gail Farnham, Kathy Rankin, Karen Smith)


Presbytery of St. Andrew - Response to the January 2016 tornadoes and floods (Sandra Price, Walt Vincent, Bill Marritt, Sandy Faison)

Presbytery of Mississippi – Response to floods (Doug Macdonald, Tito Rivera, Rush Watson)


Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy –

  • Response to flooding in Missouri and Western Illinois (Greg Smith, Carolyn Thalman, Dave Thalman) 
  • Follow-up to initial flooding response (David Holyan, Kathy Montgomery, Kathy Morriss, Todd Morriss, Paul Reiter)

John Calvin Presbytery – Joplin Five Year Anniversary (Ben Pawley, Kathy Morriss, Tom Morriss)

New Jersey

Multiple presbyteries- Response to 2012 Hurricane Sandy (Ben Pawley, David Rauer, Barbara Mason)

Monmouth Presbytery – support for volunteer village Camp Evans (Joan Otto)

New York

Albany Presbytery- Response to water contamination (Katherine Culpepper, Sally Dyer, Jim Ellor)

Presbytery of the Palisades- Initial response to church fire (Pauline Albrecht, Lynn Nakashian)

South Carolina

Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery- shower trailer transportation for host site (Fred Wally)

Trinity Presbytery –

  • Staffing of the FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO), Blythewood. The JFO was opened to handle the October South Carolina devastating flooding.  (David Rauer, Jamie Tyson)
  • Shower trailer transportation for host site (Dave Thalman)

Multiple presbyteries - Ongoing response and long-term recovery training to October 2015 flooding (Kathy Montgomery, David Rauer, Doug Macdonald, Ken McKenzie, Lynette Williams, Fred Wally)


Presbytery of St. Andrew - Response to December 2015 flooding (Suzanne Baroody, Kelly Buell)


Grace Presbytery – Response to the December 2015 tornadoes (Gail Farnham, Tom Hoffman, Joan Otto)

Mission Presbytery- Refugee partner visits (Meg Scott-Johnson)

Presbytery of New Covenant—Response to Spring flooding (Jim Pellot, Donna Melloan, Joyce Glazier)


Presbytery of the Peaks-Response to the February 2016 tornado (Gail Farnham, Carolyn Thalman)


Presbytery of Inland Northwest - FEMA/Homeland Security training for local VOADS.  (Mike Bullard)


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