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American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is committed to developing resources that support nurturing spiritual growth, building diverse, healing communities, and strengthening churches through leadership and discipleship development. These resources are compiled for church communities to use in times of prayer and worship in response to the devastating one-two punch levied at Puerto Rico by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. American Baptists are encouraged to contribute litanies, homilies or other worship resources used in your faith communities for distribution.

Litanies

A Litany of Lament for Puerto Rico by the Rev. Rebecca Irwin-Diehl
A Call to Restore, Rebuild, Renew by the Rev. Dr. Patricia Murphy
Para reconstruir, restaurar y renovar by the Rev. Fela Barrueto
Praying for Strength by the Rev. Florence Li
Comfort for the People by the Rev. Florence Li
A Call for Solidarity in Prayer, Courage, Resources by the Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell
The Lord’s Prayer: A Litany (originally published in “Race and Poverty: Five-Session Study Guide”)
Creation Groans by the Rev. Marc Nelesen, Ph.D.

Offering resources

An Invitation to Give by the Rev. Erica Van Brakle
Blessing for the Offering of Our Gifts by the Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell
Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico bulletin insert
Reconstruyamos. Restauremos. Renovemos Puerto Rico boletín

Music

O God We’ve Prayed in Wind and Rain (sheet music)
O God We’ve Prayed in Wind and Rain (bulletin insert)
God of Nature, at whose Voice the Waves and Winds Must Now Obey

Other church resources

Psalm 69 Guided Meditation

Give now

Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico” seeks to raise $1 million within the next three to six months through One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) to support rebuilding the homes, churches and lives of our brothers and sister in Christ.

Please give generously. Your contribution, no matter the size, will make a big difference for our Puerto Rican American Baptist family. Last year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that close to half of the population in Puerto Rico was living in poverty.

Donations may be made via your church; via credit card online or via a check designated to “OGHS-Puerto Rico” and mailed to the attention of Kim Wilkins at American Baptist Home Mission Societies, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA, 19482-0851.

One hundred percent of donations go to relief efforts; no dollars are retained for administrative costs. To ensure that your church receives credit for your gift, write the church name on your check or, if giving online, in the “comment” box.

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