Jonathan Self

Jon Self is a Program Coordinator on World Renew's International Disaster Response team. He oversees the communications about international disaster response programs and manages the International Relief Manager program. 

Prior to World Renew, he lived in Burkina Faso for one year, working with a local international development organization as an adviser on strategic planning. Originally from Orangeville, Ontario, Jon holds an undergraduate degree in International Development, with a French Language Certificate, from the University of Waterloo. Jon lives in Burlington and loves music, traveling and French cuisine. 
Jul 15, 2019 by Jonathan Self

Join the Healing Journey for Rohingya Refugees

Why is it that the most vulnerable in society are often the most significantly affected by conflict? What do we do when a young girl is raped by a soldier and left to be haunted by this abuse for the rest of her life? Where is justice for those whose only option is to run barefoot into the rainforest away from the military, making a daring journey across a raging river and into a foreign land with no guarantee of security? How do we comprehend the atrocities of children being murdered because they were born in one village and not another?

Nov 8, 2018 by Jonathan Self

Five Years Since Typhoon Haiyan

One of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, Haiyan left a trail of destruction, killing over 6,300 people. In addition to the enormous loss of life, thousands more lost their homes, livelihoods, and everything they owned. Haiyan displaced over four million people. After hearing about the need, individuals, families, churches, businesses, governments, and other humanitarian organizations across North America and Europe donated generously to support World Renew’s work. 

Sep 30, 2018 by Jonathan Self

Earthquake and Tsunami Devastates Sulawesi

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake near the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia caused widespread devastation on Friday, September 28. The earthquake triggered tsunami waves up to six meters high, causing enormous devastation affecting over a million people.

May 14, 2018 by Jonathan Self

World Renew Responds to Kenya Flooding

On May 9, this hit particularly close to home for World Renew. With the increased water levels from the heavy rains, a dam burst in Solai, a region of Kenya where World Renew has been working with farmers on conservation agriculture. Prior to these floods, farmers in this community were experiencing the transformative impact of conservation agriculture. Crop yields were increasing many times over.

Mar 8, 2018 by Jonathan Self

Remembering Women in Crisis on International Women's Day

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we want to share with you stories of incredible women who have lived through conflict or disaster.

Feb 27, 2018 by Jonathan Self

Canadians Foodgrains Bank Sunday is this week!

On March 4, churches across Canada are holding an offering for World Renew’s work through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Even if your church is not holding an offering, we invite you to be a part of this!

Feb 21, 2018 by Jonathan Self

Join Us in Ending Hunger - CFGB Sunday 2018

Canadian Foodgrains Bank Sunday is in less than two weeks!

Feb 14, 2018 by Jonathan Self

CFGB Sunday is Less Than One Month Away

On March 4, we are encouraging churches across Canada to hold an offering for World Renew’s work through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Jan 11, 2018 by Jonathan Self

2017 - A Year of Crises

For millions of people, 2017 was like living through a nightmare. Bombed out homes in war-ravaged Syria; east African communities crippled by malnutrition; homes left in ruin after an earthquake in Mexico; parents weeping over their lost sons and daughters in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Dec 12, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Hope for Refugees after Giving Tuesday

On November 28, World Renew celebrated Giving Tuesday and asked you to help families forced to flee their homes because of conflict. In the Middle East, over eleven million Syrians have been displaced from their communities because of civil war that has raged for over six years. In Myanmar, a recent outbreak of violence against the Rohingya people has forced over 625,000 people to flee into Bangladesh since the end of August.