International Partnerships

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Updates

DisasterAssistance450

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee response program of the PCUSA. Working with local congregations and international partners, it seeks to care for communities affected by crisis and catastrophic events. Read about current needs and responses on the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance website.

PC(USA) Program Support

We are stronger together!  Basic mission support is the term used to describe the funds pledged by local Presbyterian congregations to undergird the mission budget of the larger church. Sixty-five percent of our basic mission support goes to support the mission budget of our local presbytery (National Capital); five percent to the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic; and 30% to the work of the PC (USA). These funds provide support for educators, administrators, doctors, nurses, and youth workers; for new worshipping communities; for  community ministries and interfaith dialogue; for campus ministries and refugee assistance among many other programs. For a glimpse of the work in our local presbytery, check out the Mission Impact newsletter and the Mission Highlights Videos on the website of National Capital Presbytery. Explore the work of the PC(USA) on the Presbyterian Mission’s website. We also support the work of the larger church through five annual special offerings:
  • One Great Hour of Sharing: A gift to OGHS during Lent enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.
  • Pentecost Offering: A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children.
  • Peace & Global Witness Offering: A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world.
  • Thanksgiving Offering: A gift to this offering supports children’s ministries in our Synod.
  • Christmas Joy Offering: Each year during the Advent and Christmas season, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem and celebrate the wondrous gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor this gift by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.

International Partnerships

Community Coalition for Haiti (CCH) and the Meeting House have partnered in service projects in Haiti for three decades. In 2017, 233 volunteers on 23 medical/surgical teams served15,570 patients; trained 11,800 families, including 70,800 patients, in Cholera prevention; educated 300 healthcare professionals; and distributed 175,000 medications to patients. Our education volunteers spent 1,400 hours mentoring 94 teachers and principals to improve education in our eight partner schools. The livestock, horticulture, and civic development and leadership project had a 90% harvest rate from community tomato, lima beans, hot peppers, and other vegetable gardens; and distributed 200 livestock while training community leaders.

The Meeting House supports two Partnerships in Kenya. The first, Moi’s Bridge United Orphanage & Academy (UOA), is co-sponsored with Westminster Presbyterian Church for the care of 54 orphaned and vulnerable children. We provide financial support for secondary school and college, career counseling, construction and maintenance of dormitories, food, clothes, and maintenance of the UOA Academy for primary school students and their teachers. Our second program, co-sponsored with New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, is with the Presbyterian Children’s Program in the village of Njoro. We support the Saturday program for 35 orphans and vulnerable children, which provides tutoring, school supplies, food for children to take home, career counseling, and financial support for secondary education and college costs.

The Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan is an autonomous body under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan and is supported by PCUSA and other churches and organizations worldwide. It provides quality education rooted in Christian values to all children and youth regardless of race or religion at an affordable cost. Boys and girls who attend its schools are generally poor, come from rural areas, and include Christians and other religious minorities.