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. 
Oct 16, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Changing the Story of Hunger

Since April, World Renew has been responding to hunger caused by drought and conflict in East and Southern Africa. Nearly $800,000 (CAD) was received in support of World Renew’s response to this crisis.  And with matching funds from the Government of Canada, Canadian donations were matched up to four times through our membership at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, meaning even more hungry families will benefit!

Oct 11, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Life-saving Food Assistance for the Rohingya People

Extreme violence against the Rohingya people is tearing families apart. Thousands have been the victims of senseless violence. We can scarcely begin to fathom the depth of heartbreak and loss that Selima is experiencing. Everything has happened so fast. Selima and two of her children escaped from an attack on their village in Myanmar and made their way towards the river that borders Bangladesh. “We spent the day in the boat. Then we walked 17 days and we arrived here,” shares Selima.

Sep 21, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Urgent Appeal for Rohingya Refugees

More Rohingya people have fled in the last four weeks than all Mediterranean migrants in 2016. Those fleeing have reported that they fled for safety after seeing their family members or neighbours killed or their homes and fields set on fire. The outbreaks of extreme violence have targeted Rohingya families, including young children.

Sep 12, 2017 by Jonathan Self

World Renew Responds to Devastating Storms

Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction in its wake as it barreled through the Caribbean and made landfall in Florida. Photos from the islands of St. Martin and Barbuda testify to the sheer force of this storm.

Sep 11, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Reaching Displaced Families in South Asia

Over 40 million people across South Asia are experiencing devastating floods.

Aug 16, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Flooding Affects Millions, World Renew Responds

Over a million people are estimated to be displaced as torrential rains and severe flooding affect communities throughout Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sierra Leone. Hundreds are feared dead and if heavy rains continue, many more people could face serious injury, property damage, or lose their lives.

Aug 3, 2017 by Jonathan Self

God at Work in the Middle East

“I was amazed by their passion for Christ.”

Jul 18, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Churches Help Syrian Refugees

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). It’s a story as old as Christianity. The church in the Middle East is a rock that will not be shaken. Since the first days of the church, Christians in the Middle East have been committed to loving and helping their neighbors. This continues today. From the outset of the civil war in Syria churches across the Middle East have stood alongside vulnerable families...

Jul 13, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Generosity Fuels Famine Response

Nearly $700,000 (CAD)  was received in support of World Renew’s response to this crisis. And with matching funds from the Government of Canada your donations will help even more people. Here’s a reminder of how the matches work:

Jun 27, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Canadian Famine Relief Match Ends TODAY!

The largest humanitarian crisis since 1945 is happening and many in North America don’t know. More than 20 million people are on the brink of famine and starvation in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, and millions more in neighboring countries are facing similar circumstances. Please tell your friends and family about the enormous needs.