Long-Standing Puerto Rican Relationships
The Synod of the Northeast has a long history of relationship with Presbyterians in Puerto Rico, relationships for which we remain grateful and that continue to enrich the life of our community.
In recent years we have sought to build upon these historic relationships for greater connectivity and deeper partnerships.
When Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017, it was only natural to extend our support and assistance during this incredible time of need.
Just a few weeks after the storm hit, the Synod's Mission & Ministries Commission set aside an initial $65,000 and established the Puerto Rico Partnership Taskforce to help coordinate the Synod's efforts to support our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters.
Knowing that many other aid organizations (including Presbyterian Disaster Assistance) are better prepared and equipped to respond effectively in the short-term, and that the recovery and rebuilding process continues long after the cameras and media move on to the next story, the Synod of the Northeast saw a unique need and opportunity to offer focused support for the long-haul.
While we are doing everything we can to help our brothers and sisters in their immediate circumstances, for us this is not simply a response to a humanitarian crisis, as real and as valuable as that is. For us, these moments and efforts are initial phases of new and deepening partnerships that we hope will flourish in the years to come.
Yet, though we are not merely responding to immediate needs, those immediate needs are indeed pressing and partnership now is crucial, both for the near-term and for the long-term. Here are some of the ways our Synod community is already responding and ways you can get involved:
Congregations and presbyteries throughout our Synod are connecting with communities in Puerto Rico in a variety of ways.
Here are some of the forms those relationships are taking:
- (coming soon...)
Ways to Get Involved
- Keep praying.
- Privately & publicly.
- Remain connected.
- Read and share our updates and stories.
- Consider establishing a partnership with a Puerto Rican congregation (or presbytery).
- Prepare for direct aid opportunities for quick response when the time becomes appropriate.
- Puerto Rico is not yet ready for work crews (sufficient food and clean water are still concerns for those there), but when the logistics make it possible, the need will be great.
- In the meantime, you can save vacation days, identify like-minded people in your congregation or community, and collect funds.
- Lobby your congressional representatives to stand in support of aid and assistance toward the U.S. Territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Puerto Rico Partnerships
Interested in establishing a partnership?
Contact the Puerto Rico Partnerships Taskforce for information and assistance.