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March 8, 2022
Lifting device tilting up the front slab of a concrete home in a relocated village site for San Jose de los Laureles in the Sula Valley, Honduras. [Pearl ID: islandora:281898]

In mid-September 1974, the third-deadliest Atlantic hurricane in recorded history tore through nine countries in Central America and the...

October 28, 2021

As Presbyterian leaders renew their calls for an end to Israeli depredations against Palestinians, in Gaza, in Silwan, in Sheikh Jarrah, and elsewhere, let's sketch a handful of details from the lives of Presbyterian mission workers, diplomats, agronomists, teachers, and spies.

In 1948, Presbyterian Syria Mission chair W. G. Greenslade served as the conduit for individual and institutional donations for the relief of Palestinian refugees,...

September 17, 2021
Hilltop view of Côtes-de-Fer after the passage of Hurricane Flora in 1963. The Disaster Team's tent unit can be seen to the left and the newly constructed housing units to the right. Many roofless dwellings can be seen throughout. [Pearl ID: islandora:179435]

On August 29th, we watched as Hurricane Ida made landfall near

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July 26, 2021

The Church World Service Records have been processed as Record Group 529 and the guide to the records is now available: https://www.history.pcusa.org/collections/research-tools/guides-archival-collections/rg-529

In 1946, seventeen denominations formed Church World Service (CWS) as a relief agency. Churches throughout the United States provided over 11 million pounds of food and medical supplies to communities in...

March 15, 2021

In 1946, seventeen denominations formed Church World Service (CWS) as a relief agency. Churches throughout the United States provided over 11 million pounds of food and medical supplies to communities in Europe and Asia that were affected by World War II. In the next two decades, CWS expanded its work into Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, and the mission of the organization shifted from providing immediate disaster relief to creating long-term development projects in partnership with local communities. CWS also began to work in...

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