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.

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.

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.

Sep 25, 2018 by Jon Self

In the Aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut

PHILIPPINES - On September 15, Super Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in northern Philippines as a category 5 storm, leaving a path of devastation behind.

Sep 17, 2018 by Christina de Jong

Your Dollar at Work in the World

Your one dollar multiplies to $1.60 in impact because of the matching grants that World Renew accesses. 8% is put aside for future disaster response and community development program. 92% is invested in program and general operating support. World Renew directs just 18 cents of the remaining $1.48 to...

Sep 14, 2018 by Jon Self

Preparing to Respond to Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Mangkhut made landfall in the early hours of Saturday, September 15. With wind gusts of over 250km/h, Mangkhut is a category 5 storm and has caused significant devastation. The risk of landslides, flooding, and wind damage, may leave millions in need of humanitarian assistance. Please pray for the safety of the millions that prepare for one of the strongest storms of the year, and pray that damage would be limited. World Renew is closely monitoring the situation in the coming days and is prepared to respond.

Aug 31, 2018 by Jon Self

One Year Walking Alongside Rohingya Refugees

BANGLADESH - One year ago, life forever changed for Rohingya families living in Myanmar. On August 25, 2017, the Myanmar military began a campaign of brutal attacks against thousands of Rohingya people.