Kellie Scholma

Kellie Scholma is Communications Coordinator for World Renew Disaster Response Services. She and her family live in Grand Rapids, MI.
Jul 13, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

200 Wildfires Burn in British Columbia

Mike Hoyer, World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) area representative for British Columba, reports that organizations local to the fire areas including provincial agencies and other disaster response organizations are caring for the needs of evacuees.

Jun 23, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

Fort McMurray – One Year After the Wildfires

May 2017 marked the one-year anniversary of the Fort McMurray wildfires that was news across the globe. Today, families who suffered through the trauma of evacuating, losing their home and possessions, living in temporary housing, seeking out assistance, and wondering what their future holds are now starting to see their new homes take shape.

May 9, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew DRS Responds to May 2017 Flooding in Missouri

“We are on our way to the affected area to see firsthand the damage and listen to people’s stories. At this early stage there is not yet a request for clean-up crews because many of the damaged areas are not yet accessible,” said World Renew Regional Managers Rich and Pat Grasman.

May 3, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew Volunteers Serve Tornado Survivors in Georgia

“We were told of how the Lord protected one particular community during the tornado. Almost 100 people from one mobile home community gathered at a church to pray when the tornado watch came out. While they were in prayer in the church, the tornado hit that community, leaving terrible damage to homes. But, lives were undoubtedly saved by the prayer meeting,” said Mark and Carol Martin, World Renew Regional Managers.

Dec 5, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

Just Imagine...

The house was only the basic frame so you covered the outside with boards. Now you live in the structure, which has no shingles on the roof and only studs for walls. There is no running water inside so your family uses buckets for bathing and flushing. You have only one bed, an old refrigerator, and a stove. You are thankful for the job you have, but there is no extra money to finish the house.

Nov 28, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

Cleaning Up After Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina – You Can Help

You Can Help! World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) volunteers helped North Carolina families clean out their flooded homes in October and November; more are helping in December. We, along with our United Methodist partner in North Carolina, anticipate that clean up alone will take six months. Volunteers are welcome and needed between December 2016 and March 2017. Will you be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who survived Hurricane Matthew?

Nov 7, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

Hope of Christ Shines Through the Ashes in Fort McMurray

This empty lot used to be a subdivision, but the wildfires consumed everything it it’s path.

Oct 14, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

US Hurricane Matthew Damage

In North Carolina, World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) and our partners are waiting for flood water, caused by heavy rain and storm surge on the coast, to recede before volunteers start to clean up residents’ homes and property.

Oct 10, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

What is HAppening?

I catch my kids saying, "What is HAppening?!" in an exasperated tone - and their facial expression, well, mirrors their tone. It’s really funny actually—they are 5 and 3. The baby can’t talk yet but I imagine he will pick that up from his siblings as time goes on.

Oct 10, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew DRS Responds to Hurricane Matthew on the U.S. East Coast

“We got a phone call at 10 pm Saturday night from our United Methodist partner in North Carolina. They asked us if we could send volunteers to help with clean up after Hurricane Matthew flooded the area last week,” said World Renew DRS Regional Managers Rick and Bonnie Wiersma. “The community needs help; now we need volunteers to provide that help.”

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