ABHMS releases OGHS funds to ABC of Indiana and Kentucky in response to tornadoes

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 12/17/21)—On behalf of American Baptist Churches USA, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has released $7,500 in One Great Hour of Sharing disaster-relief funds to American Baptist Churches (ABC) of Indiana and Kentucky in response to recent tornadoes.

At least 38 tornadoes caused significant damage and tragic loss of lives in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois.

“The grant will enable us to partner with our member churches to provide direct relief to those affected by the recent outbreak of tornadoes in Kentucky,” writes the Rev. James Walter, the region’s interim executive director. “We will partner with congregations as they seek to provide help at this time.”

How you can help

Please continue to pray for relief efforts in the affected regions.

Financial contributions to support relief efforts can be sent through your local American Baptist church or via check payable to ABHMS and mailed to the attention of Kim Wilkins at American Baptist Home Mission Societies, 1075 First Ave., King of Prussia, PA 19406. Write “OGHS–Central Tornado” on the memo line. Or make a contribution online.

One hundred percent of donations go to relief efforts; no dollars are retained for administrative costs.

Questions about upcoming relief efforts and this OGHS appeal should be directed to the Rev. Dr. Kadia Edwards, ABHMS’ national coordinator, Volunteer Mobilization & Disaster-response Ministries, at [email protected] or 610-768-2449.

One Great Hour of Sharing is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries of American Baptist Churches USA. The committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering received by churches.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.