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.

Dec 19, 2018 by Jon Self

What does Advent Mean in Yemen?

“I am struck in this Advent season that as we wait expectantly for the birth of Jesus, millions of people around the world are waiting as well,” says Ken Kim, Director of Disaster Response and Rehabilitation.. “Yet their waiting looks very different. They wait for the next meal; for peace to come; for life to return to what it used to be.”

Nov 12, 2018 by Jon Self

How We Respond Quickly to Disasters Around the World

In fact, there was an average of 260 natural disasters per year in developing countries between 2005 and 2016. Many are underreported by news agencies and only the most severe make the front page. We live busy lives, filled with work, school, family and countless other activities. It’s impossible to keep track of everything that’s going on in the world.

Nov 12, 2018 by Adele Konyndyk

Ida Kaastra Mutoigo Elected to Governing Board of ACT Alliance

On November 1, World Renew’s Canadian Director, Ida Kaastra Mutoigo, was among those elected to a four year term on the new governing board of ACT Alliance, a coalition of 150 churches and faith-based organizations working together in over 125 countries.

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. 

Oct 29, 2018 by Jon Self

Helping Families Affected by Indonesian Earthquakes

“I don’t know how I can recover from this. Everything is gone, just gone." Kiki is one of thousands affected by the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and catastrophic tsunami that devastated the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. This disaster has killed more than 2,000 people and affected a further 1.5 million.

Indonesia Earthquakes

This disaster has killed more than 2,000 people and left 200,000 others in need of humanitarian assistance. 

The damage is widespread – thousands of buildings have collapsed, been swept away, or submerged by land or mudslides. Over 70,000 people have been displaced from their homes and are now sleeping in makeshift tents or without any shelter at all. Bridges and roads have been destroyed, cutting off many communities and making it difficult to get assistance to families in need.

Oct 2, 2018 by Christina de Jong

Indonesia Earthquakes and Tsunami Response

World Renew has a long history of effective disaster response in Indonesia and is immediately expanding its current Indonesia Earthquakes response - which began in Lombok one month ago - to include the island of Sulawesi. World Renew’s International Disaster Response Team is working with partners and has a team on the island now to assess and respond to needs.

Oct 1, 2018 by Anita Brinkman

"I Am Not My Own"

Jeremy (Benjamin) Zeyl is crossing Canada with his family, raising money for World Renew's work in Nigeria, local ministries chosen by the churches at each stop, and his I Am Not My Own Worship Ministries. He has played concerts in cities and towns from Charlottetown, P.E.I., to Smithers, B.C., and from Emo, Ont., to Edmonton, Alta., helping to raise more than $100,000 for ministry, a good start on the way toward a goal of $500,000.