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Update: PC(USA) continues response to Japan disasters

Presbyterians are encouraged to pray, give to relief efforts

March 18, 2011

LOUISVILLE

A week after the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan, killing thousands the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) continues to pray, solicit donations and work with partners to form a response to the disasters.

As of March 16, more than 11,500 people had been killed or are missing, with thousands more thought to be unaccounted for. Also a major concern is the threat of radiation exposure from multiple nuclear power plants.

The PC(USA) has nine mission workers living and working across Japan. By March 16, World Mission had confirmed that all are safe.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has sent $100,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing funds to partner Church World Service. PDA also set up a fund for donations to the Japan earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts. As of March 17, that fund had received about $70,000.

PDA is working with World Mission to identify ways to respond to the needs of long-term mission partners engaged in response.

The initial response is focused on covering the basic needs of 250,000 in 100 evacuation sites across northeastern Japan. This support includes ready-to-eat food, sanitation supplies, water, blankets, batteries and gas.

Financial donations can continue to be made through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering or through designated gifts.  

Individuals may give by phone at (800) 872-3283, through congregations or by mailing a check to:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700

Include DR000148 on your check to support relief efforts wherever disasters occur.

Support exclusively for response to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disasters can be designated for DR000117.

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Give online for response to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

Get updates and information about the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disasters.

Congregations should send donations through their normal mission giving channels.

To read a more detailed report of the PC(USA)’s response, visit the PDA webpage.

Information for this report furnished by PDA.

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