North American Disaster

North American Disasters 2017

Beauty out of Ashes: Trauma Healing in Williams Lake, British Columbia 


Update August 2017

Regarding the British Columbia fires, please see the following updates:

Feb 20, 2017 by Barb Bracko

David Is Still Holding On: Louisiana Flood Update

“I held on all night. I was afraid I would be swept away,”said David, a flood survivor from Louisiana, to a World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) volunteer conducting a needs assessment.

Dec 5, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

Just Imagine...

The house was only the basic frame so you covered the outside with boards. Now you live in the structure, which has no shingles on the roof and only studs for walls. There is no running water inside so your family uses buckets for bathing and flushing. You have only one bed, an old refrigerator, and a stove. You are thankful for the job you have, but there is no extra money to finish the house.

Nov 28, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

Cleaning Up After Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina – You Can Help

You Can Help! World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) volunteers helped North Carolina families clean out their flooded homes in October and November; more are helping in December. We, along with our United Methodist partner in North Carolina, anticipate that clean up alone will take six months. Volunteers are welcome and needed between December 2016 and March 2017. Will you be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who survived Hurricane Matthew?

Nov 7, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

Hope of Christ Shines Through the Ashes in Fort McMurray

This empty lot used to be a subdivision, but the wildfires consumed everything it it’s path.

Hurricane Matthew - US

Update March 2018

The World Renew DRS-managed reconstruction site is in Tarboro, North Carolina is focused on repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. Survivors express their gratitude for the volunteer labor.

Church groups, families, and schools, can volunteer for a week to serve in response to Hurricane Mattew. Visit to find an opportunity in Florida, South Carolina, or North Carolina.


Nov 1, 2016 by Chris Meehan

Disaster Response Team Includes People of All Abilities

Joelle Wilhelm never had to know how to use a screw gun before—mainly because the need had never come up.

Oct 14, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

US Hurricane Matthew Damage

In North Carolina, World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) and our partners are waiting for flood water, caused by heavy rain and storm surge on the coast, to recede before volunteers start to clean up residents’ homes and property.

Oct 10, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew DRS Responds to Hurricane Matthew on the U.S. East Coast

“We got a phone call at 10 pm Saturday night from our United Methodist partner in North Carolina. They asked us if we could send volunteers to help with clean up after Hurricane Matthew flooded the area last week,” said World Renew DRS Regional Managers Rick and Bonnie Wiersma. “The community needs help; now we need volunteers to provide that help.”

Aug 25, 2016 by Beth Degraff

World Renew Announces Appointment of Director of Disaster Response Services

“We are thrilled to have Bob serve within World Renew in this new role,” said Carol Bremer-Bennett, director for World Renew in the U.S. “Bob brings relational strength to the job and embodies the vision and values of the organization. We are confident in his leadership and look forward to how he will lead the DRS team for the future.”