North American Disaster

Jul 17, 2018 by Kellie Scholma

A New Home in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

An elderly gentleman in Puerto Rico lost his house to Hurricane Maria in September 2017. To get by, he was living in a makeshift building made of scraps he found. This spring he became the owner of a brand new home built by volunteers from Adventist Agency for Development and Resource Assistance (ADRA) and World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS). The weather in Puerto Rico was hot and humid while volunteer teams were at work on the house, but they were serving and sweating for the glory of Jesus, the Ultimate Servant.

Dec 13, 2018 by Ben and Linda Dykstra

Hurricane Florence Response Continues

The heavy rain from Florence divided the county into five islands surrounded by water, with no road access to or between any of these islands. While officials worked to help them, many residents had to fend for themselves. Jinny* (names changed for privacy) and her family were fortunate. Their home was not flooded, and they had stocked up on supplies before the storm. They made sandwiches and brought them to their neighbors whose homes were flooded.

Dec 11, 2018 by Bev VanNoort

It Is Never Easy To Start Over

Hurricanes Florence and Michael came ashore this past fall and destroyed homes, workplaces, churches, school and many, many families. These communities will never be as they were before. Neighbors will move away and never return to their family home. Their jobs are gone, homes were destroyed, and they are struggling to hang on to a few memories they can hold in their hands. Their neighbors were their “family” and now they are gone, having left everything, moving to a new town and starting over.

Nov 29, 2018 by Kellie Scholma

Restoring Homes for the Elderly Two Years after a Flood

My husband, Denny, and I and two other couples arrived a week before home repair work began to set up the housing center for the first team DRS volunteers. Our housing was a lovely Christian camp used all summer for youth and family activities. In April 2018, we closed the site for the hot summer months and moved all of the DRS household, kitchen, and bedroom belongings into tool trailers until fall so the camp could use their space.

Oct 31, 2018 by Josh Bunzel

Resilient Attitude After Hurricane Florence

I was expecting to see signs of high wind and flooding everywhere among the businesses and homes. But to someone just passing through, or even staying to take in its historic downtown and views of the Neuse and Trent Rivers opening up into the Atlantic, New Bern seems to have moved on from the destruction the recent storm brought. While I anticipated clear signs of damage throughout New Bern, I assumed an effort to rebuild to be readily evident and well underway. Both assumptions were quickly proven wrong.

Oct 10, 2018 by Beth Degraff

World Renew Prepares to Help as Hurricane Michael Hits Florida

Over 100,000 Florida residents have received evacuation orders and nearly four million are in the storm’s path. Michael is the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Gulf Coast and Big Bend in decades.  World Renew is accepting donations to respond to Michael. 

Oct 4, 2018 by Kellie Scholma

Help Clean-up After Florence

DRS - Imagine everything in your home floating within your walls or even right out your window. The heavy job of cleaning out the mess after flooding can be overwhelming both physically and emotionally.

Sep 25, 2018 by Christina de Jong

Coordinating Hurricane Florence Response

DRS - On September 14, Hurricane Florence stormed into North Carolina. Surges and intense rainfall created what is now thought to be the worst flooding event in East Coast history.

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 Beth Degraff

Hurricane Florence Hits the East Coast

More than a million residents received evacuation orders earlier this week, with extensive power outages and freshwater flooding resulting from extensive rainfall over the next few days. Florence may produce 40 inches of rain in some areas of North and South Carolina, Virginia and other inland locations. World Renew is accepting donations to respond to Hurricane Florence. ALERT:Text 20222 to RENEW to give $10! (US only)