North American Disaster

May 5, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

Prayers Requested for Families Affected by Fires in Alberta

A mandatory evacuation for the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, population 80,000, is in effect as rampant wildfire continues to engulf everything in its path. The wildfire is consuming homes, businesses, and forests, but thankfully no injuries or deaths have been reported. Your prayers and generous donations are needed.

Apr 22, 2016 by Bethany Cok

Celebrating Earth Day 2016

Earth Day began in the United States in 1970 and then expanded globally around 1990, bringing environmental concerns like recycling, global warming, and a push for clean energy into the spotlight. This year, the theme is “Trees for the Earth,” because the planet is currently losing 15 billion trees every year, trees that protect biodiversity and mitigate pollution.

Apr 21, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

Repairing Family Homes in West Virginia

Mary and her late husband built this house together in 1996 while Mary was carrying their first child. Room by room the two worked with lumber from the trees around their home to create a place where all three of their children would eventually grow up.

Mar 30, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew Returns to Franklinton after New Flooding

“I don’t think I can do this again,” said John, a 70-year-old homeowner in Franklinton, Louisiana.  John’s home was damaged by Hurricane Isaac in 2012, but he was able to recover with assistance. Today, his home and hundreds like it are again in need of repair. “We come in the name of Christ, with an attitude of prayer, to bring restoration to people’s hearts as well as their homes.”

Mar 8, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

Understanding the Needs in Saipan

In August 2015, Typhoon Soudelor hit Saipan and caused immense damage to the tiny islet. The American Red Cross, with a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, requested assistance from World Renew DRS. Our building estimators were asked to meet with homeowners to assess the cost to repair their homes.An outdoor kitchen.

Mar 8, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

Hope like Job, Recovering in New Jersey

When Hurricane Irene flooded their New Jersey home in 2011, Steve and Teresa were forced to move out. Then a year later, Hurricane Sandy flooded their unlivable house again, this time destroying all of their household possessions. Although the water was gone, the remaining moisture in the structure and walls began to cause mold and mildew to grow.

Feb 22, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

Bringing Hope to Flood Survivors

They were not alone. The Memorial Day flood (May 2015) and All Saints flood (Oct. 2015) brought immense destruction throughout Texas, leaving thousands in need. Then Jose and Sandra met volunteers from World Renew’s Disaster Response Services (DRS) who were carrying out an assessment of unmet needs in Houston. The volunteers went door to door calling on residents. They also hosted several walk-in centers to interview as many people as possible and determine their ongoing flood-related needs.

North American Disasters 2016

Update March 2018

Volunteers at the DRS-managed reconstruction in Hammond, Louisiana are repairing homes damaged by flooding in 2016. To start, this site opened January 2018 and will run through April. Churches and schools are also responding by spending week-long mission trips to repair homes damaged in 2016, West Virginia is one example. See for all the areas in which World Renew is responding.  


Hurricanes 2015

Update July 2017

South Carolina was hard hit by flooding in October 2015 and World Renew DRS set up a short-term reconstruction site in Manning, South Carolina in the spring of 2017. This site will open again the fall of 2017 and welcomes one week groups to help with home repairs. Click here to learn how you can volunteer with your church, family, or school group.

Feb 4, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew Cleaning-Up After Mississippi River Flood

Tony is not alone. Winter Storm Goliath brought heavy rain that swelled the Mississippi and its distributaries, leaving behind flooded lowlands from Illinois to the Gulf Coast. Rivers rose to historic heights in many areas and flooded many homes with several feet of rushing water. On January 21, the U.S. government issued a disaster declaration for 33 counties in Missouri, 39 counties in Alabama, and five counties in Mississippi. These declarations allow individuals to apply for federal funds to assist in their recovery.