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.

May 23, 2019 by Kellie Scholma

Tornadoes and Floods Surge through Central U.S.

Tornado activity continued throughout Memorial Day weekend with an additional 48 tornado touchdowns across 13 states. In response, World Renew has begun coordinating our volunteer efforts with local and state officials in Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The World Renew team will commence initial clean-up efforts starting next week in Bristol, Nebraska and then Hamburg, Iowa in response to the Missouri River flood. We will also attend in-person coordination meetings in Fremont, Nebraska.

Spring Storms 2019


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Feb 13, 2019 by Kellie Scholma

Update: Hurricanes Florence and Michael

Four months after Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas and Hurricane Michael tore north through Florida Panhandle and into Georgia, regional managers for World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) visited with local leaders to plan World Renew's long-term response to these major disasters. Their updates follow here:    Hurricane Michael, by Eric and Nancy Johnson, Regional Managers for World Renew DRS

Jan 8, 2019

Serving In God's Grace - DRS Sunday 2019

For South Carolina resident Renee and her uncle Harold, the support received from World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) volunteer groups working on their home has been life-changing. Their home was damaged during flooding after Hurricane Joaquin in 2015  for nearly two and a half years they have had to live in unstable conditions.

California Wildfires

More than 14,000 homes were destroyed. Those who lived in those homes are displaced, trying to figure out what is next, where will they live and work in the next several weeks and months.

Local agencies and federal representatives are continuing to secure temporary housing for the thousands of residents who lost their homes in the fires. Professionals trained in handling hazardous materials and in fire-debris are beginning an arduous task of cleaning-up the destruction.

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.