FROM THE MINISTER'S DESK
One Great Hour of Sharing
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
– The Rev.Martin Luther King, Jr.
This offering began sixty-seven 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 to 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 nine Christian U.S. denominations and Church World Service, One Great Hour of Sharing makes sure 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.
The World Relief Committee of the American Baptist Board of General Ministries reviews each development request for funding from the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering received from American Baptists. Gifts reach the ministries and people in need through a network of regional and international partnerships with the following:
- American Baptist Foreign Mission Society
- American Baptist Home Mission Societies
- Baptist World Aid – the compassionate arm of the Baptist World Alliance, supporting three areas of ministry: relief, development and support of national partners.
- Church World Service – Founded in 1946, Church World Service is a relief development and refugee assistance ministry supported by 36 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations in the United States. Working in partnership with indigenous organizations in more than 80 countries, CWS works to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world.
Here at First Baptist Church of Freehold we will begin collecting this offering in June. In preparation for that collection, information will be shared about the many places and peoples who have been helped through One Great Hour of Sharing gifts. Giving to the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering is one way each of us can answer the question, "What are you doing for others?"