Disaster Response Services

Oct 31, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

On the Ground After the Hurricanes

Kevin is normally a calm unruffled man, but he spent a terrifying night riding out Hurricane Harvey in his boat in his garage. He heard a banging on the garage throughout the night. In the morning, he realized it was his truck floating in his yard, knocking against the garage. Almost everything in his house and garage was ruined by water.

Oct 10, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

Update on Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Eighty-five percent of the residents in Port Arthur, Texas, were left with severe damage to their homes after Hurricane Harvey.

Sep 25, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

Prayer Alert: Hold the Dam in Puerto Rico

What damage does a Category 4 hurricane cause? The National Hurricane Center says “[With winds of 130-156mph (209-251 km/h)] catastrophic damage will occur. Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”

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.

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