Bill Adams

Jun 16, 2014 by Bill Adams

Final Farewell

In April I had the privilege of visiting Hyde County, North Carolina, as World Renew DRS was finishing our work in the coastline communities that were impacted by Hurricane Irene in 2011. We were hosted by our friends at the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) and had the opportunity to reminisce and celebrate the good work that has been accomplished over the last two years.

Mar 17, 2014 by Bill Adams

From Snow to Spring

As we move into the spring of 2014, many of us will be very thankful to see this winter come to an end…. What a year it’s been! Snow and cold have broken records, making the operation of the DRS northern sites a real challenge. But as we always say…the Lord is in control! We go where He wants us to go!

Jan 17, 2014 by Bill Adams

We are Home

Happy New Year! We pray for peace, good health and God’s rich blessings for you and your family as we travel into another year together. Thank you for your ongoing support of World Renew Disaster Response Services. Praise the Lord for one of the mildest Atlantic hurricane seasons on record in 2013. A mere 13 named-storms formed last year, and only two—Ingrid and Humberto—became hurricanes. Neither of these achieved category-three status or higher, and only Tropical Storm Andrea made landfall in the U.S.

Nov 21, 2013 by Bill Adams

Preparing for Disasters

November 21, 2013 Early this month, World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) introduced our new Disaster Preparedness website, which you can find at This site was created to help churches and families be better prepared for unexpected disasters.  The site is presented in a very easy to use format, and yet provides access to the vast wealth of information that is available on the internet.  Topics include:

Jul 2, 2013 by Bill Adams

Facing Disasters in North America

With July already upon us, I’m once again making it a habit of looking daily at the National Hurricane Center website, watching for any indicators of tropical activity in the Atlantic. In my research today I came across an article from the Weather Underground website ( that talked about the work that has been going on in New Orleans, helping to build that city’s hurricane defenses:

Apr 24, 2013 by Bill Adams

God is Faithful

2013 began with an enormous focus on the northeast U.S. as many communities in New York and New Jersey continued to recover from Hurricane Sandy.

Jan 31, 2013 by Bill Adams

The Work of Hurricane Sandy Recovery

After Super Storm Sandy tore through New Jersey on October 29 of last year, World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) responded quickly by sending volunteers to conduct early assessments and help with the massive cleanup effort.  World Renew also started working with FEMA and local partners to plan for long-term recovery, which included making arrangements to start sending World Renew DRS volunteers to the affected area to assess unmet needs.

Dec 21, 2012 by Bill Adams

Good News for Job... and for Us

“Have you considered my servant, Job?” Those words were spoken by God thousands of years ago when Satan returned from one of his malevolent tours of the earth. God almost sounded like a proud father as He challenged the evil one to witness the integrity and faithfulness of His servant, Job. The rest of the story is history, as they say. The good news for Job was that he was highly esteemed by the Almighty… this is not a small thing, when you think about the fact that Almighty God spoke and the universe came into being, and that it is by His will every moment of every day that all things hold together! But, the bad news for Job was that God would allow Satan to put him to the test. And what a test it was! From our limited perspective, we believe that no one should have to go through what Job went through. And, yet many of us do!

Nov 16, 2012 by Bill Adams

Responding to Super-storm Sandy

Last month, as we were moving toward the end of this year’s hurricane season, I recall saying to someone that “the Atlantic is clear and the end of the 2012 Hurricane Season is in sight!” Even today, according to the National Hurricane Center’s view of the region, there are “no tropical cyclones at this time.” Unfortunately, between then and now there was an event that will go down in history as Super Storm Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record and the second most destructive in history.

Oct 11, 2012 by Bill Adams

In Gratitude

In my last letter I spent a lot of time talking about our volunteer managers, and about the management training that we conducted in August in conjunction with our World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) 40th Anniversary Celebration. It was a great time! This month I’d like to introduce you to the DRS office staff who also play a critical role in making things happen. In some ways you can think of the office staff as the nerve center for the program. In the coming months you will be able to go to the new World Renew website and meet/learn more about our leadership team – both volunteer and paid staff.