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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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December 9, 2013

Responding in the Philippines

by Esther Lee

On November 20, 2013, Presbyterian World Mission sponsored a Webinar discussing updates on the current situation in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. The purpose of the webinar was to learn how the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is responding to the people of the Philippines affected by the typhoon and how U.S. Presbyterians can faithfully and effectively be involved in the recovery.

Panelists included:

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November 11, 2013

Philippines Typhoon Haiyan

From our partners in Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:

One of the worst recorded typhoons in history, Haiyan has left many dead, hundreds of thousands displaced, and extensive damage.  The initial response includes provision of non-food items, drinking water and emergency shelter kits.  All PC(USA) mission workers are reported safe.  Read more.

PDA will respond with One Great Hour of Sharing and designated funds as assessments are completed, needs are identified, and an appeal for assistance is issued.

Give online to support disaster response in the Philippines.

Visit the Philippines response index for reports and resources

Call to Prayer for the ...

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October 20, 2013

Displaced by violence: the people of South Sudan need our help

From Presbyterian World Mission

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Presbyterian World Mission are compelled to help more than 90,000 displaced people, mostly Murle, in South Sudan who fled inter-ethnic conflict and gross human rights violations by the South Sudanese military. Our goal is to provide food, emergency supplies, trauma recovery and peace building support. We are working with our Sudanese partners, but the needs are much greater than we can handle without significant gifts from supporters like you.

Presbyterian Relief and Disaster Assistance, the relief and development arm of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, will be providing food, emergency ...

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September 9, 2012

Presbyterian Partners at Work in Syria and Lebanon

In New York on September 17? You are invited to a brown bag lunch:

Presbyterian Partners at Work in Syria and Lebanon:
Followers of Jesus respond to the current crisis

The Rev. Dr. Nuhad Tomeh
The Rev. Fadi Dagher

Presbyterian Church in Homs

Monday, September 17, 2012
Brown Bag Lunch (coffee and tea provided)
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
The Episcopal Church Center
815 Second Avenue, New York

Presbyterians have had partnerships with Christians in Syria and Lebanon since the early 1800s. Two of our partners will speak about how the church is responding to the current crisis in Syria, a crisis that ...

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April 30, 2012

Christians from Sudan visit UN community

Today, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations hosted with Caritas Internationalis partners from the Diocese of El Obeid who spoke about their work in the Nuba Mountains region of Sudan.  A briefing with nongovernmental and governmental partners was hosted this afternoon followed by an appointment with a UN agency.

The partners brought the message forward for three advocacy priorities:

1)   Immediately cease all military operations, including aerial bombardment

2)   Allow safe and unhindered access for international humanitarian actors to all civilians and to provide prompt humanitarian assistance to all those in need

3)   Demand that all parties of the ...

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