International Disaster

Sep 14, 2012 by Vanessa Mathews Hanna

World Renew Assisting Displaced Persons in Pakistan

Recent events in Pakistan have left the minority Christian population vulnerable to attacks, looting, and burning. The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, now known as World Renew, is responding by providing support and living supplies to those displaced by violence. The situation began on August 16, 2012 when an eleven-year old Christian girl with special needs was arrested under Pakistan’s Blasphemy law. Rimsha Masih had been preparing a fire near her home in the slums using papers she collected from the garbage. A neighbour claimed that the burning pages were from a religious Islamic book. He raised an alarm and soon an angry mob attacked Rimsha and her family. Police rescued them from the crowd and placed the girl under arrest.

Sep 7, 2012 by Kristen deRoo VanderBerg

Response to Floods in Niger

In August, heavy rains in Niger caused the worst flooding in 100 years. One of the most affected areas was the southern region of Dosso. Later the banks of the Niger River overflowed and caused flooding to occur in the region of Tillabery in the north and in the capital city Niamey. Approximately 145 communities have been impacted and extensive farmland is submerged in water. Thousands of people have been left homeless.

May 21, 2017

Call to Action to End Famine

We are mobilizing prayers and actions to end famine, as we are deeply disturbed that more people face famine today than at any time in modern history. Famine has been declared by the United Nations in South Sudan, while Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen are on the brink of famine. The situation has been precipitated by a deadly combination of drought, conflicts, marginalization and weak governance.  Across these four countries, 20 million people face starvation and many millions more across the world are experiencing alarming levels of hunger.

May 19, 2017 by Adele Konyndyk

Jesus Works Through His Followers to Help the Hungry

The story of Jesus feeding a crowd of over five thousand is hard to forget. People are hungry but there’s not enough food. The need is great—overwhelmingly so—yet Jesus’ power is greater, and he responds as only he can: with miraculous provision. Five loaves and two fish become enough food for thousands—with leftovers! And how does Christ distribute this food? Not by clapping his hands or snapping his fingers to feed everyone in seconds, but by asking his disciples to hand out the loaves and fishes to those in need. His disciples are more than mere witnesses to this remarkable moment of provision—they are active workers in it.

May 2, 2017

Change the Story of Poverty

Together with you, World Renew is equipping men, women, and children to change their stories of hardship into testimonies of hope.  Join us in Changing the Story, so that communities can achieve...

May 2, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Help in the Midst of Famine in South Sudan

Severe hunger and famine are the words being used to describe its current reality.   Five million people are going to bed hungry and it is the weakest - the young children and the elderly - who are suffering most. The increasing number of deaths is proof of the severity of the crisis.

Apr 25, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Nepal: Two Years After the Earthquake

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)

Apr 19, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Famine and Drought: Responding Through Local Partners

“Like the four countries facing extreme hunger crises today,” writes Jason Patinkin, a reporter with IRIN, “the famine that gripped Ethiopia from 1983 to 1985 struggled for attention until it was far too late.” In the end, nearly one million Ethiopians died during that famine.

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