Christian Church (DOC) WOC

Through Week of Compassion, North American Disciples of Christ reach out in the name of Christ to:

• provide emergency and long-term assistance to people in the aftermath of hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, droughts, civil war and other natural and human catastrophes. In a typical year WOC responds to a disaster about once every two days.

• respond with help, hope and hospitality to people who have been uprooted and displaced from their homelands by war, environmental catastrophe, famine and natural disaster. Many of the world’s 25 million refugees are children.

• support self-help programs of development and rehabilitation that empower people and communities to stand against and rise above hunger, poverty, disease, illiteracy, and other forces of injustice that deny and destroy human dignity. WOC supports projects in more than 80 nations on every inhabitable continent of the earth.

• encourage and support volunteer groups in "hands-on" mission and service opportunities. Annually, WOC partners with more than 50 Disciples work groups in mission projects in North America and abroad.

Through partnerships with Church World Service, Action by Churches Together, Interchurch Medical Assistance, Food Resource Bank, Heifer Project International, the Disciples’ Overseas Ministries, Volunteers in Mission, Refugee and Immigration Ministries, Bread for the World, Souper Bowl of Caring, Habitat, the Ecumenical Church Loan Fund (ELCOF), and hundreds of local church partners around the world, Week of Compassion shares in a remarkable network of service and caring that is efficient, effective and faithful. WOC’s administrative costs are typically less than eight percent annually.

Disciples through WOC also participate with Christians in nine other Protestant denominations in One Great Hour of Sharing, thus multiplying the effectiveness and extent of our witness many times over.

Of course, the partnership we share with more than 3200 Christian Church congregations across North America is where this remarkable ministry of connecting Disciples to the world and sharing compassion with all God’s children truly begins. Disciples annually channel more than 2.5 million dollars through Week of Compassion for humanitarian needs in the world.