Disaster Response Services

Sep 12, 2017 by Jonathan Self

World Renew Responds to Devastating Storms

Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction in its wake as it barreled through the Caribbean and made landfall in Florida. Photos from the islands of St. Martin and Barbuda testify to the sheer force of this storm.

Aug 28, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

Urgent Prayer and Donations Requested in Response to Hurricane Harvey

Harvey continues to drop incredible amounts of rain in and around the Houston, Texas, area. The situation is changing each day, and the related flooding has put thousands of people at the mercy of air and water evacuation crafts. The National Weather Service in Houston reported that, "After checking the rain gauge, a new daily rainfall record was set at 16.08 inches, beating yesterday's record of 14.40 inches." Houston alone has received half of its annual rainfall over the weekend.

Jun 23, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

Fort McMurray – One Year After the Wildfires

May 2017 marked the one-year anniversary of the Fort McMurray wildfires that was news across the globe. Today, families who suffered through the trauma of evacuating, losing their home and possessions, living in temporary housing, seeking out assistance, and wondering what their future holds are now starting to see their new homes take shape.

May 9, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew DRS Responds to May 2017 Flooding in Missouri

“We are on our way to the affected area to see firsthand the damage and listen to people’s stories. At this early stage there is not yet a request for clean-up crews because many of the damaged areas are not yet accessible,” said World Renew Regional Managers Rich and Pat Grasman.

May 3, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew Volunteers Serve Tornado Survivors in Georgia

“We were told of how the Lord protected one particular community during the tornado. Almost 100 people from one mobile home community gathered at a church to pray when the tornado watch came out. While they were in prayer in the church, the tornado hit that community, leaving terrible damage to homes. But, lives were undoubtedly saved by the prayer meeting,” said Mark and Carol Martin, World Renew Regional Managers.

Apr 13, 2017 by Gayle Fopma

"Disaster" has a Face and a Personality

My husband Ervin and I were called to go to Tangipahoa Parish, Hammond, Louisiana to be a part of the World Renew Needs Assessment Team from November 2 – 17, 2016.

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.

Jan 20, 2017

Celebrate Hope After Disasters!

Share the story of hope by encouraging your church to hold a DRS Sunday. Your financial gifts and volunteer recruitment will help renew communities affected by disasters in the months and years after the actual disaster.

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?

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