North American Disaster

Mar 2, 2018 by Kellie Scholma

Rebuilding Homes in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

“Linda is a single mom in Puerto Rico who is raising five of her kids by herself,” said George and Helen Andringa, World Renew DRS volunteers. “She worked hard to save enough money to buy a piece of land on a hilltop at the end of a winding road. The family was living in a small, 2-bedroom house on the land when Hurricane Maria hit and destroyed their home.

Feb 13, 2018 by Kellie Scholma

Recovering from Hurricane Harvey in Port Arthur, Texas

Many times, people have no choice but to live in unsafe conditions. World Renew DRS is able to find and help people who have respiratory and other health issues because they are living in damaged, waterlogged homes and can’t afford to move.  Although many families who have the resources are repairing their damaged homes, trustworthy electricians, plumbers, and carpenters are hard to find, and scams are common after a disaster.

Dec 6, 2017 by Beth De Graff

Chicago School Raises $10,000 for Harvey Response

When a group of young people gets behind a project, amazing things can happen. On September 7, 2017, students at Timothy Christian School in Chicago hosted an Epic Burger Battle to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey response in Texas through World Renew’s Disaster Response Services (DRS).

Nov 29, 2017

ATTENTION YOUTH! Join Operation Ruby Slipper and Help Hurricane Survivors

Can you believe it’s already been three months since people in the southern US and Puerto Rico were pounded by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria? Time marches on, but the urgency to help hasn’t subsided. Thousands of people are still displaced from their hurricane-damaged homes.

Nov 27, 2017

Puerto Rico Recovery to Take Years

“But once in Puerto Rico and talking with several Christian organizations, we were asked to wait because they were not ready to host volunteers from the mainland U.S. Now that we are back in Michigan, we will continue to communicate with these organizations, and we hope to put plans in place soon to make inroads there after the new year.”

Nov 23, 2017 by Sara DeBoer

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them

This year’s hurricane season has been historically catastrophic. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria were the first, fourth, and fifth costliest storms on record and affected millions, leaving thousands upon hundreds of thousands displaced or homeless. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the need. Where to start?

Oct 31, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

On the Ground After the Hurricanes

Kevin is normally a calm unruffled man, but he spent a terrifying night riding out Hurricane Harvey in his boat in his garage. He heard a banging on the garage throughout the night. In the morning, he realized it was his truck floating in his yard, knocking against the garage. Almost everything in his house and garage was ruined by water.

Oct 10, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

Update on Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Eighty-five percent of the residents in Port Arthur, Texas, were left with severe damage to their homes after Hurricane Harvey.

Sep 19, 2017

Stand in the Gap!

The World Renew 2017-2018 Gift Catalogue is a way to “stand in the gap” on behalf of people who face oppression and poverty. Each duck, seed, and water pump is a powerful intervention that can repair harm and help build resilience in peoples’ lives. Praying for and helping others is the stuff that holds us together as followers of Jesus Christ, even as we are standing in the need of help and prayer ourselves.

Sep 19, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

Cleaning Up Ella's Home in Port Arthur, Texas

Ella speaks with Lois, a World Renew DRS volunteer. A DRS volunteer team is working on cleaning out Ella’s home after it was flooded by Hurricane Harvey.